Melt-in-the-Mouth Morey

Melt-in-the-Mouth Morey
We are huge fans of the Lignier wines. Rather like Laurent Lignier himself, the wines are calm, unfussy but honest and very likeable. The style here is classic, unadulterated traditional Burgundy of great purity. There is no greater tribute to this style than 2016, a highly successful Morey vintage. Offering us his reflections on 2016, Laurent told us “ it was a vintage like 2010. There was good maturity of the tannins at harvest time and, although ripe, the wines stayed very fresh. They have good substance yet you can also see each terroir very clearly. They also remind me a little of 2002.” Harvested at 13 to 13.5 % potential alcohol and with good acidity levels, the 2016s here are supple, juicy and very fresh. They are even-keeled and offer tremendous poise and clarity, bound together by fine melt-in the mouth textures.

About 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 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 tragically he 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.”


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