Lignier-Michelot Morey-Saint-Denis Les Faconnières 1er Cru 2020


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Burgundy, France
91-94 points




The Lignier family have 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 ageing superbly. This very young Domaine is now regarded among the very best in the Cotes de Nuits.


91 - 94 points

A cooler and more elegant nose combines notes of kirsch, dark currant, spice and a plethora of floral nuances. There is terrific intensity to the tautly muscular middle-weight flavours that display evident power on the mineral-driven, super-sleek and impressively well-balanced, indeed harmonious finale. As is usually the case with this wine, it's sufficiently compact when young to need at least some patience but it will need 12 to 15 years to reach its peak.


Serving Temp.
14-18 °C
Cellar until
2032 - 2045
Food pairing
Rare beef and lentil salad

Tasting Profile

A beautifully sited vineyard planted in 1948 is located just below the ‘heart’ of Clos de la Roche. Often very close to Grand cru in quality and depth. Stunning. ”The 2020 Morey-Saint-Denis Faconnières 1er Cru has a taut and slightly flinty bouquet. This is well-defined and focused, with touches of clove and sous-Bois emerging with time. The palate is medium-bodied with fine-grain tannins, and good acidity with a touch more density on the finish compared to the Aux Charmes. Cellar this for 3-5 years - this is a strong follow-up to the superb '19.” (93-95) Vinous Media, Neal Martin December 2021

Lignier-Michelot Morey-Saint-Denis Les Faconnières 1er Cru 2020

Lignier-Michelot Morey-Saint-Denis Les Faconnières 1er Cru 2020

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