Fixin, Blanc, 2014

  Domaine Hubert Lignier

Contains Sulphites.

About Domaine Hubert Lignier

A Domaine based in Morey St Denis that is held in high esteem by both fellow vignerons and Burgundy-lovers alike, Hubert Lignier is a five generation family estate that was first established in 1880. The business continually passed on from father to son, eventually coming to Hubert Lignier. In 1992 Romain Lignier joined his father, Hubert, but tragically died in 2004. In 2006 his brother Laurent took over the business to help his father and now runs the estate today. Laurent summarises the domaine’s aim to be “aspiring to make authentic and sensual wines that express their own terroir.” Understated and gentle the wines reflect the character of their maker. Blessed with old vines in Morey St Denis and some fabulous Gevrey and Chambolle parcels, Laurent makes wines of thrilling purity and elegance. The grapes are all destalked, apart from 10% for the Grands Crus in certain vintages, and the wines are aged in oak barrels, always light in toast, fine-grained and never more than 20% new. The vineyard is treated with respect, ploughed and without the use of herbicides or insecticides. Vinifications and ageing are gentle, slow and non-interventionist, as Laurent says “watching and patience are key in the cellar.”

Appellation: Fixin

A village just north of Gevrey-Chambertin in the Côte de Nuits producing red wines. The wines of Fixin are similar in style to those of its neighbour - sturdy, muscular red burgundies with perhaps a bit more rusticity and less complexity, though having said that the best examples of Fixin can be infinitely superior to some of the lesser Gevreys. There are five premier cru vineyards: Les Arvelets and Les Hervelets, Clos de la Perrière, Clos Napoléon, and Clos du Chapître. There was a time, centuries ago, when Fixin's Clos de la Perrière was sold for the same price as Chambertin. Fixin has the potential to produce the best value red wines in Burgundy though a lack of good growers actually living in Fixin has meant this potential is not often realised. There is truth in the saying that the best Fixins are produced by growers based outside of the commune. Vosne's Meo-Camuzet and Gevrey's Denis Mortet are just two of many illustrious names making fine examples.

Grape Type: Chardonnay

Chardonnay is one of the most widely-grown and versatile of all white grape varieties. As a relatively neutral grape, it offers a near transparent map of winemaking style, climate and terroir. It is the ideal grape variety for Burgundy, where it serves to mirror the complex nuances of the myriad of terroirs found in this hallowed land. Chardonnay produces a variety of wines from the minerally and unoaked styles found in Chablis, the fatter nuttier examples in Meursault, to the tropical fruit-driven versions found in the New World. It is also the major grape variety in Champagne, where it produces lively floral wines, namely in the Côte de Blancs. It can be found throughout Europe and the New World thanks to its versatility. As a non-aromatic variety, it has an affinity with oak, whether new or used, French or American.