Georges Lignier Morey-Saint-Denis 1er Cru 'Clos des Ormes'

Burgundy, France   |  Pinot Noir   |  2019
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This wine is sold En Primeur. Estimated delivery Spring 2022

“The vintage of my life” is how the ever ebullient Benoit Stahly describes 2019, adding “the grapes were perfect, the balance, energy and terroir expression – perfect. Good to drink young and yet can age for decades”. All sounds rather ideal – and I’d tend to agree, these were a pretty captivating set of wines. Benoit suggested the vintage harmonises the power of 2012, 2015, and 2018 and the elegance and definition of 2014 and 2017.

“The vintage of my life” is how the ever ebullient Benoit Stahly describes 2019, adding “the grapes were perfect, the balance, energy and terroir expression – perfect. Good to drink young and yet can age for decades”. All sounds rather ideal – and I’d tend to agree, these were a pretty captivating set of wines. Benoit suggested the vintage harmonises the power of 2012, 2015, and 2018 and the elegance and definition of 2014 and 2017.

Lignier’s wines are amongst the most attractively priced of Cote d’Or growers, the Chambolle Musigny is the pick of the village wines in 2019, and for only a shade more I highly recommend the Morey Saint Denis 1er Cru ‘Clos des Ormes’ (watch out for Benoit’s “Hidden Gem” video…). This under the radar vineyard lies directly opposite and adjacent to two Grand Crus - Clos de la Roche and Latricieres-Chambertin and Benoit insists the latter is often no better! We had an interesting discussion about which is Morey’s top Grand Cru – given the tradition of villages to append the name of the most prestigious vineyard as a suffix (i.e. Gevrey… Chambertin, Chambolle… Musigny, Puligny and Chassagne… Montrachet etc). For Benoit, Clos Saint Denis is more representative of the elegant charms of the village than the other (generally more expensive) contender Clos de la Roche, which he believes shows more of the muscular character of neighbouring Gevrey. (See Romain Taupenot’s thoughts on ‘Mazoyeres-Saint Denis’…). In any case both the Grand Crus showed very pleasingly and distinctly – so why not get a case of each, and throw in some Bonnes Mares as well to complete the trio!

"From 2ha of vines, on the northly part of the vineyard, with shallow soils, rich in limestone. This under the radar vineyard is very well situated, buttressed by two Grands Crus, just opposite Clos de la Roche, and adjacent to Latricieres Chambertin (which Benoit says is often no better quality!). 25% new oak used. Forest fruits, hints of soy and pepper, and stones, deeper cherry notes emerge and a whiff of sandalwood. A core of tight strawberries, and cedary red plums, bounded by vibrant and concentrated, structured tannins, and good acids, lead to a smoky, stony finish that persists on the roof of the mouth." Tom Harrow, Wine Guru

"This 2-ha vineyard lies at the foot of the Clos de la Roche grand cru. It was nearly entirely replanted following heavy soil erosion during the 1963 season. The presence of winter cover crops serves to avoid this kind of soil disaster thanks to surface roots that keep the ground from eroding. 80% destemmed, brief cool maceration and 7–9 days' vatting. 10 months in oak, of which 30% new. Cask sample. Deep crimson. Seductively rich and fresh at the same time. Both red and black fruits and subtle spice. Morey's complex fragrance that is both slightly floral and slightly peppery. Firm and a little bit chewy on the palate, the tannins giving shape to the lovely fruit depth. Refined and long. Drinking window: 2024 – 2032" 16.5+ pts, Julia Harding, Jancis Robinson

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  Grower Domaine Georges Lignier
  Bottle size 750
  Duty Paid / In Bond In Bond
  Vintage 2019
  Bottle or Case? Price by the Case
  Country France
  Region Burgundy
  Grape Pinot Noir
  Wine Type Red wines
  Abv 13.5%

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