2016 Domaine Hubert Lignier 1er Cru Morey-St. Denis "Vieilles Vignes" (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1349296 94-96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2016 Morey St Denis 1er Cru Vieilles Vignes, which comes from vines planted as far back as the 1930s, suffered a lot of millerandage so that the yields was 25 hectoliters per hectare. It is matured one-third new oak and one-third whole bunch fruit. It has an introspective bouquet at first and then gradually unfolds to reveal enticing blackberry, briary and cold stone scents—all very sophisticated and poised. The palate is medium-bodied with filigree tannin, a disarming sense of symmetry and tension that impart weightlessness that run paradoxically to the intensity of fruit. This is just a magnificent Morey-Saint-Denis. Top of the class in grand cru territory. (NM)  (12/2017)

92-94 points Vinous

 (these old vines in Clos des Ormes, Les Faconnières and Les Millandes are situated about 80 meters lower than Les Chaffots): Bright red-ruby. Very ripe, soil-driven aromas of black raspberry, cherry, bitter chocolate and licorice. At once thick and juicy, showing terrific inner-mouth lift to its flavors of dark fruits, licorice and spices. Quite sharply delineated for such a big wine. Finishes classy and very long. A superb showing for this consistently topnotch cuvée. (ST)  (1/2017)

90-93 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 A whiff of volatile acidity once again adds lift to the black currant, earth and sauvage-inflected aromas. The rich, velvety and full-bodied flavors coat the mouth with sappy dry extract that also does a fine job of buffering the firm but not hard tannic spine shaping the well-balanced, rustic and linger finish. This wine has an excellent track record for aging and the 2016 version, assuming the VA does not worsen, should do the same.  (1/2018)

93 points Decanter

 Laurent Lignier’s old vine Pinot Fin excelled in 2016, producing only 25hl/ha in a year of generous yields in Morey. Notes of roast espresso, game bird, dark fruit and rich soil lead into a full-bodied, ample wine with excellent concentration, a deep core and a long, flavourful finish. One of the domaine’s emblematic cuvées. Drinking Window 2026 - 2050. (WK)  (10/2017)

93 points John Gilman

 This wine also saw no frost damage in its parcels and it is going to be a reference point premier cru for the vintage. The bouquet is simply outstanding, delivering a fine constellation of plums, black cherries, a touch of lavender, dark soil tones, raw cocoa and a nice framing of nutty new wood. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and nicely reserved in structure, with a sappy core, superb soil signature, fine-grained tannins and a very long, very pure finish. Great juice in the making. 2026-2075. (WK)  (12/2017)

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