Friday, June 21, 2024

LeDomduVin: Domaine Hubert Lignier Clos de la Roche Grand Cru 2016

Domaine Hubert Lignier Clos de la Roche Grand Cru 2016

Along with Champagne Salon 2007 and Fontaine-Gagnard Batard-Montrachet 2020 (see previous posts), I also served Hubert Lignier Clos de la Roche Grand Cru 2016.

Domaine Hubert Lignier needs no introduction. It is one of the unavoidable classic producers of Morey-Saint-Denis, one of the appellation's staples and one of Burgundy's most renowned and sought-after producers.

They produce wines from the Côte de Nuits (Clos de la Roche, Morey-St-Denis, Gevrey-Chambertin, Chambolle-Musigny, Nuits-St-Georges) and some in Côte de Beaune (Pommard, Monthelie, Volnay).

"Their wines are authentic and sensual, expressing their own terroir," as Laurent Lignier (the son of Hubert), who now runs the Domaine, likes to say humbly.

The estate has followed organic practices since 2006 and was certified "Agriculture Biologique" (AB) in 2019.

Wine quality is directly linked to their vineyard, mainly consisting of old vines planted through massale selections. The oldest vines were planted in 1936. Since the 1990s, they have implemented soil cultivation practices such as plowing and hoeing, completely avoiding herbicides and insecticides.

The estate focuses on caring for the vines and preserving biodiversity in the face of climate change's impact on the vineyard and surrounding environment.

In the cellar, minimal intervention maintains the fruit's quality, balance, and complexity. Grapes are hand-harvested, sorted, fermented in tanks, and aged for almost two years in oak barrels with 20 to 30% new oak.

The wines are then racked and bottled by gravity without filtration or clarification. This results in balanced and refined wines with significant aging potential while remaining relatively approachable at a young age.

Their Clos de la Roche 2016 embodies the classic Burgundian style. It is attractive, light, ruby, and medium-bodied. It combines great fruit and terroir expression with elegance, complexity, precision, depth, freshness, structure, texture, and balance while maintaining a distinctive natural and ethereal quality. I loved it.

Cheers! Santé!


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