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Domaine Georges Lignier et Fils Clos de la Roche Grand Cru 2017  - First Bottle

Reviews

95 Decanter -
Yields were reduced by 30% because of the hail, which may have contributed to the greater concentration here. Spread over six parcels, the Lignier holdings add up to 1ha overall. This is less reductive than the Clos St-Denis, with alluring Chambolle-like scents of rose and succulent red berry fruit, and a fine texture and weight with spicy, perfumed oak.

Technical Details

  • BlendPinot Noir
  • WinemakerBenoit Stehly
  • CountryFrance
  • RegionBurgundy
  • AppellationMorey-Saint-Denis
  • VineyardClos de la Roche
  • Alcohol13.5%

Domaine Georges Lignier et Fils Clos de la Roche Grand Cru 2017

Pinot Noir  |  France
DC95

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Clos de la Roche, people! One of Burgundy's most historic and revered clos from Georges Lignier’s six parcels totaling a single hectare of vines. This is the sort of Grand Cru Burgundy that collectors go mad for – and we scored an unbelievable 8 cases of this tiny and elusive production! Over $90 less than the typical retail makes this a must-have for any dyed-in-the-wool Burghound!

If you scored some of the Clos Saint-Denis from Georges Lignier that we offered a few months back, now is your chance to complete the set! This tiny producer is making big waves with their exceptional holdings, and this is the gem of their entire portfolio. 95 Points from Decanter is just scratching the surface of this wine’s potential – as Clos de la Roche is treasured as one of the most powerful and longest-lived vineyards in the region!

Today, the domaine of Georges Lignier is led by Benoit Stehly, the nephew of Georges Lignier, who learned the craft under his uncle for a decade prior to taking over in 2008. In the classic Georges Lignier style, he focuses primarily on aromatic complexity and concentration – whereas most vintners prioritize overall structure and color depth. Luckily, the very nature of Clos de la Roche has plenty of power and depth to spare, so this nuanced and elegant approach manages to pull out the best of both! This 2017 combines this sensuous rose petal perfume, with layer upon layer of fruit – ranging from bright and tart cranberry to sweet red cherries, with crisp plums, and ripe raspberries that balance the wine’s considerable spice and moderate oak framework. Overall this is the perfect combination of classic Clos de la Roche as seen through the lens of the prototypical Georges Lignier style – an integrated and nuanced melange of ripe and silky fruit, aromatic perfume, pronounced saline minerality (a hallmark of the site), and the structure and framework to evolve gorgeously over the decades. What more could one want in a fine, Grand Cru, single-site Red Burgundy? Factor in our spectacular price and rest assured that savvy collectors will be all over this great bottling!

PAIRING IDEAS: If opting to drink this young, go up a notch or two in sheer heartiness, and don’t be afraid to pair this with a nicely marbled steak! Some wagyu hanger steak would be my preference, prepared simply and served alongside some sauteed mushrooms and a silky pomme puree. If you hold the course and manage to age this for a decade plus, give it a go with some goat cheese – I’d suggest a nice Tomme Brebis-Chevre from the French Pyrenees.

About the Producer

Founded by Georges Lignier in the early 20th century, the Georges Lignier winery is steeped in a rich history that spans several generations. Georges Lignier's dedication and expertise laid the foundation for the winery's success, establishing a reputation for crafting exceptional Burgundy wines. Over time, this family-owned winery has evolved and expanded, passing down the art of winemaking through the family lineage. Today, under the careful guidance of succeeding generations, the Georges Lignier winery remains deeply rooted in traditional winemaking practices while embracing modern techniques to elevate their offerings. The estate continues to thrive, maintaining a focus on terroir-driven wines that authentically represent the distinctiveness of Burgundy's famed vineyards. Their commitment to quality and respect for the land are evident in each bottle, making Georges Lignier a respected and sought-after name in the world of Burgundy wines.