Lignier Michelot Clos Saint-Denis Grand Cru 2019


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Burgundy, France
93-95 points




The Lignier family has deep roots in the village of Morey Saint Denis and owns 10.5 hectares of some of the very best vineyard sites in this village, and also in the 2 neighbouring villages Chambolle Musigny and Gevrey Chambertin. Virgile’s father and grandfather had always produced wine and sold it to negotiants until Virgile started working with his father in the early 1990s and he decided to sell the wines himself. Now with almost 20 vintages of experience, Virgile has moved the Domaine to fully organic viticulture and is producing what many believe to be the best wines of this prestigious village.

In the last 10 years, Virgile has modified his wine-making using whole-bunch vinification ranging from 30-100% depending on the vintage and the vineyard and he has also reduced the percentage of new oak (mostly Seguin-Moreau and Francois Freres) for maturation with most wines seeing around 30% making its effect seamless in the final wines. He also completed a new winery in time for the 2013 vintage that now enables him to work with temperature control and to gain a very gentle extraction of tannins for all his wines. This results in wines showing great precision and energy with remarkable perfume and also beautiful fine tannins and a very silky structure. They are wines that are often very seductive at a young age and also clearly have the potential for aging superbly. This very young Domaine is now regarded among the very best in the Cotes de Nuits


93 - 95 points

An ultra-spicy and markedly floral nose combine notes of red cherry, wild currant, and earth with those of exotic tea and leather nuances. The polished but concentrated and intense middle-weight flavours display a lovely sense of verve that carries over to the mineral-driven and well-balanced finale. This almost creamy and mildly warm effort is perhaps not quite as fresh as the Clos de la Roche, but I suspect that the nose will recover once it receives thorough aeration and my projected range accords the benefit of the doubt that it will.


Serving Temp.
12-14 °C
Cellar until
2035 - 2050
Food pairing
Beef Bourguignon

Tasting Profile

The 2019 Clos Saint-Denis Grand Cru is made with 100% whole bunches and matured in used oak this year and that is evident on the nose with open, transparent scents of blackberry, briary and crushed rock aromas. Less opulent than the Clos de la Roche, this is slightly more austere but no less captivating. The palate is medium-bodied with sappy black fruit, great depth, and cohesion, structured towards the finish with touches of melted tar and tobacco. Superb. Neal Martin- Vinous

Lignier Michelot Clos Saint-Denis Grand Cru 2019

Lignier Michelot Clos Saint-Denis Grand Cru 2019

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