2007 Domaine du Comte Liger-Belair Vosne Romanée "La Colombière"

SKU #1321064 90 points John Gilman

 Domaine Comte Liger-Belair) The 2007 Colombière is a very suave and sexy wine out of the blocks that seems to have channeled the spirit of Henri Jayer into the bottle. The extremely captivating nose offers up scents of roasted plums and cherries, woodsmoke, lovely soil tones, duck, coffee and vanillin oak. On the palate the wine is medium-full, long and silky, with fine mid-palate depth, modest tannins, sound acids and lovely focus and grip on the long and quite refined finish. A very classy bottle of villages. (Drink between 2010-2025)  (1/2010)

88 points Vinous

 Medium red. Expressive nose offers redcurrant, plum, mocha and minerals. Supple, sweet and sexy, with an almost liqueur-like cherry flavor complicated by a whiff of minerality. Finishes with a sweet dusting of tannins and good length. (ST)  (3/2010)

87 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 This too is very Vosne but more elegant and refined with slightly riper aromas of red and blue berry fruit, fennel, clove and a hint of rose petal that introduce more precise if less seductive medium-bodied flavors that possess more evident minerality on the mouth coating and solidly persistent finish. This is a lovely villages and worth a look. *Outstanding*  (1/2010)

Jancis Robinson

 From flatter land with a high clay content near the village. Pale crimson. Lovely rich, sweet nose that is far more seductive and concentrated than the average village wine. Pretty and delicate on the palate - you really could wallop this now although there is no shortage of fine tannin underneath. A really lovely wine that could be thoroughly recommended for the impatient. 17/20  (1/2009)

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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.


- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them.


- 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.
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Vosne Romanee

- This is the top of the Côte de Nuits. Home to the famous Grand Crus of Romanée, Romanée-Conti, Romanée St. Vivant, Richebourg, La Tâche, Echézeaux, Grands Echézeaux, and La Grand Rue, this village really makes you realize how much extraordinary wine can come from a tiny place. This is the home of quintessential Burgundy-deep, rich, refined and powerful.