Hubert Lignier 2014

Hubert Lignier 2014
We are delighted to offer the 2014s of Domaine Hubert Lignier. This is a year we love, full of charm, fruit and life; a very Burgundian vintage that is perfectly suited to the gentle, pure style of Laurent Lignier’s wines. After a rainy start to the summer all was well that ended well with good weather reappearing in mid-August and dry conditions lasting through September. The vintage yielded wines of surprisingly dark colours (relative to usual Lignier vintages) and with low alcohols of 12 to 12.5 %, similar to 2013. It may not have the sheer concentration of the low-yielding 2012 vintage, which has still to emerge from its shell, but it makes up for this with generosity, fruit and verve. These are beautifully balanced Burgundies designed for pure pleasure!

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 fifth 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 he tragically died in 2004. In 2006 his brother Laurent took over and it is he who runs the estate today. Laurent summarises the domaine’s aim as “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 by and large destalked, depending on the vintage, 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, 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.”