2015 Domaine Hubert Lignier 1er Cru Morey-St. Denis "Vieilles Vignes" (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1328190 93-95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2015 Morey Saint Denis 1er Cru Vieilles Vignes comes from the oldest vines from Lignier's premier crus, and comes from a single block that straddles two lieux-dits. It has a very harmonious bouquet with blackberry, raspberry coulis, wet limestone and a touch of woodland. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin. This feels so supple and focused, the acidity very well judged with great precision and energy shimmering on the finish. It might lack the kudos of a single vineyard name, but it represents one of Laurent Lignier's best 2015s.(NM)  (12/2016)

94 points John Gilman

 I often think of the Morey “Vieilles Vignes” Premier Cru bottling chez Lignier as a baby Clos de la Roche, and this sensation is very much evident in this superb 2015 version. The bouquet is deep, stunning and quite youthful in its mélange of plums, red and black cherries, pigeon, raw cocoa, a great base of soil, nutty new wood and an exotic topnote of lavender. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and still quite primary in personality, with lovely sappiness in the mid-palate, fine-grained tannins, impeccable balance and a very, very long and very promising finish. Great juice. 2025-2075.  (1/2017)

91-94 points Vinous

 (25% vendange entier; a blend of Les Faconnières and Les Chenevery, from vines planted between 1936 and 1952): Good medium red. Subdued on the nose compared to the Chaffots, with an aroma of cherrry liqueur complemented by a toasty, grilled note. Concentrated, tactile and sweet in the mouth, displaying terrific silkiness and lovely aromatic complexity to the red fruit, spice and smoky mineral flavors. Offers a captivating balance of ripeness and vinosity and finishes with high-class tannins.(ST)  (1/2017)

90-92 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 A reticent and distinctly somber nose combines hints of leather, smoke, earth, red currant and a hint of wood. There is excellent richness and intensity to the overtly powerful medium weight flavors that possess better mid-palate concentration along with better finishing balance on the distinctly firm finish.  (1/2017)

90 points Decanter

 An opulent, oaky raspberry nose leads into a sumptuous and full-bodied palate with lovely texture and fruit. It isn't too complex, but it is bright and balanced with a discreet structure that will alllow it to age. Drinking Window 2018 - 2026  (1/2017)

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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.