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 commune in Burgundy renowned for producing the most powerful and tannic red wines of the Côte de Beaune. A dearth of good producers actually in Pommard has perhaps meant that the commune has not always realised its true potential. There are some very fine examples from, amongst others, Comte Armand, however many of the best Pommards seem to be made from producers outside of the village. The cool, moist heavy clay soils result in strong, muscular wines designed for ageing which are deeper in colour and usually more structured than those of its neighbour, Volnay.
Pommard spans from the border of Beaune to, on the south side, the edge of Volnay. On the Beaune side, the finest vineyards are Les Pézerolles and Les Épenots, including the Clos des Épeneaux monopole of Comte Armand. Towards Volnay is Les Rugiens, wines from the lower section, known as Les Rugiens Bas, are considered to have the potential to be the communes best and there are those who feel it is justified elevation to Grand Cru status.