Lignier Michelot Morey-Saint-Denis Vieilles Vignes 2020


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Burgundy, France
89-91 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.


89 - 91 points

Here the nose is sufficiently reduced that only discreet floral wisps can be discerned. Once again there is a lovely texture to the vibrant, delineated and utterly delicious medium-weight flavours that deliver fine length on the moderately austere finish that is so refreshing that one feels like drinking it. This could use a bit more depth, but more should develop in time.


Serving Temp.
14-18 °C
Cellar until
2027 - 2037
Food pairing
Duck l'Orange

Tasting Profile

Made from a blend of 3 vineyards totalling around 1.5 ha with old vines planted in 1946, 1948, the 1950s and 1980s which lie in the middle of the appellation, from Tres Girard, Les Cognees and Bas Chenevery. This wine is consistently very aromatic and incredibly attractive when young with great depth of aromas and remarkable generosity on the palate also. A stunning village wine that provides great pleasure from a very young age. This year the ferment contained 95% whole bunches this year with some tiny millerande grapes from very old vines of up to 70 years old giving the impression of more sweetness and more tannins giving an impression of more density yet a very fine palate. ”Containing just over 80% whole bunch, the 2020 Morey-Saint-Denis Vieilles Vignes has a vibrant, fresh and delineated bouquet that gains intensity in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with a mixture of red and black fruit. With grainy tannins and fresh acidity, this has commendable precision on the finish. I envisage this aging well in bottle.” (90-92 points) Vinous Media, Neal Martin December 2021

Lignier Michelot Morey-Saint-Denis Vieilles Vignes 2020

Lignier Michelot Morey-Saint-Denis Vieilles Vignes 2020

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