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Domaine Georges Lignier et Fils Clos Saint-Denis Grand Cru 2017  - First Bottle


94 Decanter -
Divided between three parcels totalling 1.4ha, this grand cru was picked first in 2017, which is highly unusual for Clos St-Denis. It was still showing some meaty reduction in barrel, but has appealing strawberry sweetness, subtle 40% new oak and a bit of refreshing sap from 30% stems. Drinking Window: 2024-2030

Technical Details

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

Domaine Georges Lignier et Fils Clos Saint-Denis Grand Cru 2017

Pinot Noir  |  France

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Clos Saint-Denis is a highly sought-after Grand Cru vineyard in Morey-Saint-Denis, perhaps second only to its neighbor, Clos de la Roche. And yet, while the latter is known for its power and structure, this site produces ethereal, perfumed, and beautifully elegant Burgundy. The domaine of Georges Lignier excels at producing wines of this style – and they own more acreage of this plot than anyone else! 94 points for under $160 on a Burgundy of this pedigree is a treat – but only six cases are available!

Today, the domaine 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. This 2017 is a perfect example of the house style, with a bright, percolating perfume, yet still plenty of structure and depth – augmented by some 40% new French oak, and the inclusion of roughly 30% whole cluster fruit.

Jancis Robinson famously described this wine as the “Mozart of the Côte de Nuits” and mere seconds after this wine hits the glass, it is hard to argue the description. The flavors waft from the glass with macerated strawberries, cherry blossoms, crushed raspberries, and red roses. In the mouth, strawberries take the lead, with soft veins of cinnamon spice, vanilla, and iron ore conducting a harmonious symphony of depth, complexity, and the well-placed moment of charged discord every now and again – serving to rejuvenate the palate, and further add nuance to the silky and seamless finish. This is an elegance and softness that has become almost rare in Grand Cru Burgundy over the past few years – as most estates seem in a horse race for power, concentration, and intensity. It’s a refreshing effort, and highly prized by lovers of sensual, old-school Burgundy. 94 points, and over $60 Off – these six cases of Grand Cru Clos Saint-Denis are destined to fly from our site make haste to snag a couple for your own cellar!

PAIRING IDEAS: The soft, floral, and fruity profile of this wine has me wanting a bit of contrast – a grounding item, as it were. So, with that in mind, I’m opting for a mushroom risotto – with beautiful golden chanterelles sauteed in tarragon and butter, then finished with toasted and hand-ground black pepper, and a lightly dressed handful of watercress overall. That’ll do.

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.