1995 Domaine Hubert Lignier Clos des La Roche Grand Cru

SKU #1053263 97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 This dark ruby-colored wine (originally rated 93-95 in Issue #111) displays enthralling scents of candied hazelnuts, stones, fresh herbs, blackberries, blueberries, plums, and wet gravel basking in the sun. It is just as extraordinary and complex on the palate as it is aromatically, offering an awesomely intense, broad, and expansive character. This full-bodied, mouth-coating, oily-textured, and juicy yet immensely rich wine is redolent with blackberry, cassis, cedar, stone, and briery flavors. Its stunningly long finish offers copious quantities of fruit complemented by supple tannins. Drink it between 2006 and 2020+. Bravo! (PR)  (8/1998)

94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Saturated red-ruby color. Sauvage, superripe aromas of briary black cherry, espresso and tar; intriguing whiff of mushroomy earth. Large-scaled and dense; truly three-dimensional in texture. A wine of great sweetness, but also sharply focused and juicy on the palate. Ripe tannins coat the entire mouth, but are outlasted by explosive finishing fruit. (ST)  (3/1998)

93 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 This is still remarkably youthful and displays little in the way of secondary development though to be clear, the fruit is no longer completely primary either. Aromas of game, warm earth, violets and ripe red and blue pinot fruit merge into rich, full and solidly powerful middle weight plus flavors that are underpinned by still firm, if not aggressive, structure and excellent length. While not an elegant vintage for this storied wine, there are no under ripe or dry tannins in the fashion of too many '95s and overall, it's clear that the '95 Clos de la Roche is evolving glacially. As such, it's entirely possible that my suggested waiting period of another 5 years from the time I took this note may be optimistic. That said, it should one day have been worth the wait. Try from 2015+  (5/2010)

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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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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.