2015 Domaine Hubert Lignier Morey St. Denis "Tres Girard" (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1328187 91 points John Gilman

 The 2015 Trés Girard (which is also made from purchased grapes) is excellent this year, with a very perfumed and elegant profile on both the nose and palate. The bouquet wafts from the glass in a blend of plums, cherries, cocoa, dark soil tones, violets and gamebird. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, pure and utterly refined, with a sappy core, ripe, seamless tannins and excellent length and grip on the seductive finish. This is a bit more forward than the Chambolle “la Bussière” and every bit as fine. 2021-2060.  (1/2017)

87-90 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 Somewhat curiously this is aromatically more refined than either of the two Chambolle villages examples with its cool, pretty and airy nose of pomegranate, plum, violet, anise and soft earth nuances. The delicious, rich and relatively full-bodied flavors possess a seductive, even caressing mouth feel while delivering good length if only average depth on the delicious finish where a hint of rusticity appears.  (1/2017)

88-90 points Vinous

 Medium red. An oaky sweetness to the aromas of raspberry and cranberry. A silky, pretty wine with attractive inner-mouth lift to its red berry and saline mineral flavors. Juicy, firmly built and solidly tannic but already quite tasty. Made from a high percentage of very ripe, small grapes, according to Laurent Lignier. (ST)  (1/2017)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2015 Morey-Saint-Denis Très Girard comes from purchased fruit vinified by Laurent Lignier. There is a candied, almost confectionery shop aroma to this Morey with effervescent red cherry and kirsch aromas. The palate is nicely structured with supple tannin and well-judged acidity. It exerts a gentle grip in the mouth with darker berry fruit occupying the slightly grainy finish. Give this a year or two in bottle. (NM)  (12/2016)

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- 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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