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.”
A town in the Côte de Nuits producing some of Burgundy's most renowned red wines. With 400ha of vineyard area this is the largest wine-producing region in the Côte d'Or. Gevrey-Chambertin's wines are typically some of the sturdiest in the Côte de Nuits, certainly bigger and heavier than those of close neighbours Vosne-Romanée and Chambolle-Musigny. As such the best examples require a longer bottle-ageing to show at their best, however whilst the best examples rate as highly as those of Vosne-Romanée and Chambolle-Musigny, being a large commune there are all too many disappointing wines that lack the ripeness structure and power they should have. Fortunately there are a number of top class growers making Gevrey, including Armand Rousseau, Denis Mortet, Bruno Clair, Drouhin-Laroze, Trapet, Rossignol-Trapet, and Denis Bachelet.
Gevrey also boasts eight grands crus, perhaps too many!, the finest of which are Chambertin and Chambertin-Clos de Bèze. Whilst it is questionable whether some of these are worthy of their Grand Cru status, Gevrey also boasts two Premiers Crus, the region's best, considered worthy of elevation to Grand Cru status. These are Les Cazetiers and Clos St-Jacques, a particularly fine bottling of the latter is produced by Domaine Armand Rousseau, who charge more for their Clos St-Jacques than for several of their other Grands Crus.