1996 Domaine Hubert Lignier Morey St Denis 1er Cru Vielles Vignes

SKU #1016042 91-93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Verging on dark-ruby-colored, it reveals rich blackberry, blueberry, earth, fresh herb, and stone aromas that are followed by a thick, dense, velvety-textured, chewy, and juicy personality. This concentrated, plump, firm (yet generous), deep, delineated, and full-bodied wine is surprisingly refined for a wine this structured and fat. Intense layers of black cherries, blackberries, minerals and superbly ripe tannins saturate the palate and finish. From a quality/price ratio, experience has taught me to search out this wine in every vintage as it is always first-rate. (PR)  (8/1998)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Saturated red-ruby color. Highly nuanced, pure aromas of black raspberry, coffee, licorice, tar and smoked meat. Tactile and very strong in extract; almost painfully concentrated but not at all heavy. Shows the great ripeness and thick fruit of the vintage at its best. Tannins are buried in fruit. Wow! (ST)  (3/1999)

90 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 (opened from personal storage). A pretty and still fresh nose is now exhibiting some signs of maturity with soft secondary nuances among the earthy red pinot fruit aromas. There is reasonably good mid-palate richness to the well-delineated middle weight flavors that possess fine complexity on the velvety and solidly persistent finish. For my taste this is now drinking perfectly though it will certainly continue to hold for years to come as there is plenty of vibrancy. Note that I have had distinctly different experiences with this wine and from the same case as the bottle prior to this one was lean if not hard and a bit too linear and this most recent bottle was excessively austere as well. I'm not sure what to suggest as the drinking experiences are like night and day.  (9/2013)

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Pinot Noir

- One of France's most legendary grapes and the grape that earned Burgundy its reputation. The parent of varietals like Pinot Gris/Grigio and Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir is blue to violet to indigo in color with relatively thin skins, and it is said to have been cultivated in France for more than 2,000 years. At its best, Pinot Noir creates elegant wines that are filled with primary red fruit aromas and flavors while young, revealing with an array of secondary characteristics like earth, smoke, violet, truffle and game with age. The varietal is also known, perhaps better than any, for its ability to translate terroir, or a sense of place. While the best Pinot Noir still comes from Burgundy, it is being produced with increasing success in cooler climates around the world. In France, it is part of the trifecta of grapes that can go into Champagne, and it is also grown in Alsace, Irancy, Jura, Savoie, Lorraine and Sancerre. Outside of France it is produced under the names Pinot Nero and Blauburgunder in Italy's mountainous regions, as Spätburgunder in Germany and as Blauburgunder in Austria. In the US, Pinot Noir has found suitable growing conditions in the cooler parts of California, including Carneros, the Russian River Valley, the Anderson Valley, the Sonoma Coast, Monterey County, the Santa Lucia Highlands and Santa Barbara County, as well as in Oregon's Willamette Valley. In recent years, New Zealand has demonstrated its ability to interpret this hard-to-grow varietal, with successful bottlings coming from careful and attentive growers in Central Otago, Martinborough and Canterbury. Chile is also an up-and-coming region for Pinot Noir, creating fresh, fruit-forward, early-drinking and affordable Pinots from the coastal Casablanca Valley and the Limari Valley.
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France

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Burgundy

- The province of eastern France, famous for its red wines produced from Pinot Noir and its whites produced from Chardonnay. (Small of amounts of Gamay and Aligoté are still grown, although these have to be labeled differently.) The most famous part of the region is known as the Côte d'Or (the Golden Slope). It is divided into the Côte de Beaune, south of the town of Beaune (famous principally for its whites), and the Côte de Nuits, North of Beaune (home of the most famous reds). In addition, the Côte Chalonnaise and the Mâconnais are important wine growing regions, although historically a clear level (or more) below the Côte d'Or. Also include by some are the regions of Chablis and Auxerrois, farther north. View our bestselling Burgundy.