Domaine Lignier-Michelot Morey Saint Denis Vieilles Vignes 2020
The Lignier family have deep roots in the village of Morey Saint Denis and own 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 grand-father had always produced wine and sold it to negotiants until Virgile started working with his father in the early 1990’s 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.
The 2020 is a blend of 3 vineyards totaling around 1.5ha with old vines planted 1946, 1948, 1950 and 1980 which lie in Tres Girard, Les Cognees and Bas Chenevery. 95% whole bunches were utilised in 2020 to reign in some of the generous fruit and add some structure and complexity. It worked a treat. Great depth with abundant red and black fruit and aromatic intensity. Impeccable balance. This is about as good as Morey Villages get - and could easily stand shoulder to shoulder with 1er crus from other producers.
The 2020 Chambolle-Musigny Vieilles Vignes is matured with a lot of CO2 to protect the wine. This feels quite precocious on the nose with red cherries, kirsch and blood orange aromas, the oak nicely integrated. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannins, fine acidity, just a touch of sour cherry towards the granular finish. Give this 3-4 years in bottle to fully soften. - Neal Martin, Vinous Media, December 2021
The Finer Details
Style - Red Wine
Varietal - Pinot Noir
Country - France
Region - Burgundy
Vintage - 2020
Bottle Size - 750ml
Other - Organic, Vegan Friendly
Closure - Cork