Domaine du Comte Liger-Belair

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Domaine du Comte Liger-Belair: The Importance

Domaine du Comte Liger-Belair is a tale of fleeting rarity and a tumultuous two hundred year history come good. The Liger-Belair family have had it all, lost almost everything and rebuilt themselves. Now run by Louis-Michel Liger-Belair, the seventh generation of the family, the wines carry “class and breeding” according to Neal Martin. But he also notes that “their wines have become difficult and prohibitively expensive to track down, not least the La Romanée jewel that nowadays fetches a four-figure sum.”

 

La Romanée is the smallest Grand Cru and appellation in France, and it is also monopole, described by Jancis Robinson as “0.84 hectares (two acres) of grand cru vines immediately uphill of the vineyard known as Romanée-Conti, whose burgundies are the most expensive in the world.” Averaging around 300 cases per year, its quality and its scarcity put it on a pedestal that not many can compete with. As Neal Martin says: “few are privileged to taste La Romanée in a single vintage by dint of rarity.”

 

Its proximity, miniscule availability and the high price it commands will always result in comparison with Domaine de la Romanée Conti, Neal Martin has said that “recent vintages of La Romanée are more similar in style to Romanée-Conti in terms of that weightless intensity and that both are deceptively long-lived.” And Louis-Michel’s work has not gone unnoticed by his neighbour. According to Jancis Robinson: “…it is a significant compliment that Aubert de Villaine of the hallowed Domaine de la Romanée Conti has nothing but praise for his young neighbour.”

 

Domaine du Comte Liger-Belair: The Insight

When asked about his vision, Louis-Michel has said: “It's a very grand word for something as simple as wine. Wine is not science. It's a sensation, an emotion, a feeling, an instinct...” He believes that 95% of the work done in producing a wine should be on the vines themselves. He ploughs his biodynamically-farmed vineyards with the help of his horse Fanny, applies little or no fining or filtration and uses vigorous – verging on Germanic – sorting. But it is the short maceration, avoiding over extraction, and liberal use of new oak that give his wines their very unique, light and aromatic character. Louis-Michel’s cousin also makes wine in Burgundy at Domaine Thibault Liger-Belair, applying similar natural methods but using older wood.

 

Domaine du Comte Liger-Belair is one of Burgundy and the world’s greatest producers, Winehog’s Steen Öhman described a tasting of 72 of the domaine’s wines as: “a celebration of great wines… overwhelming is the first word that comes to mind when you taste so many brilliant wines.” Although La Romanée is the jewel in Domaine du Comte Liger-Belair’s crown, their Echezeaux and premiers crus Vosne-Romanée (called “The Pearl of the Côte” by Allen Meadows) offer a somewhat more accessible way to experience this incredible producer.

 

Domaine du Comte Liger-Belair: The Background

Domaine du Comte Liger-Belair was created by Louis Liger-Belair in 1815. As one of Napoleon’s wealthy generals, he was able to accumulate forth hectares , including sole ownership of La Romanée, La Tâche and La Grande Rue, as well as parcels of in Vosne Romanée (Malconsorts, Chaumes, Reignots, Brûlées and Suchots), Nuits St Georges (Saint Georges and Vaucrains), Vougeot (Clos Vougeot and Cras), Chambolle, Morey, Chambertin and a sizeable patch of Fleurie in Beaujolais. Louis also lived in the palatial Château de Vosne-Romanée. Unfortunately, Napoleonic law, war and Prohibition saw the estate gradually whittled down, only to eventually be auctioned off at Vosne-Romanée town hall in 1933. La Tâche was sold to Domaine de la Romanée-Conti.

 

Luckily, brothers Just – a priest – and Comte Michel Liger-Belair – a soldier – managed to rescue La Romanée, Aux Reignots and Les Chaumes. Just Liger-Belair had a particular fondness for La Romanée, describing it as “…an upper class lady who never entirely abandons herself. She always holds something back for later." Comte Michel died during World War II before he could redevelop the domaine. His son, Henri, also pursued a career in the army, and on returning home continued the family business selling grapes to négociants. Until the 2000s the wine was sold largely under Bouchard Père & Fils.

 

In 1981, at the tender age of eight, Louis-Michel Liger-Belair decided that he wanted to move back to Vosne Romanée and produce wine. After studying engineering, he travelled to Napa and Bordeaux, before heading back to take a course in oenology at the University of Dijon. He then began to painstakingly rebuild the domaine, starting with Vosne-Romanée La Colombière, Clos du Château, and Les Chaumes, then later Aux Reignots  and parcels of Echezeaux, Nuits-Saint-Georges and Vosne Romanée. In the words of Neal Martin: “in little more than a decade…” since his first vintage in the early 2000s, this young and ambitious winemaker “has restored Domaine du Comte Liger-Belair to its present eminent position upon the mantelpiece of Burgundy's elite.” Further expansion is expected, including a foray into Oregon where he consults with Mark Tarlov on Chapter 24 and Maison l’Envoyé.

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2015 Bourgogne Rouge Les Grands Chaillots Liger-Belair; Domaine du Comte Burgundy

2015 Bourgogne Rouge Les Grands Chaillots Burgundy

TBC

2015 Clos Vougeot Liger-Belair; Domaine du Comte Burgundy

94.5

2015 Clos Vougeot Burgundy

94.5
TBC

2015 Echezeaux Liger-Belair; Domaine du Comte Burgundy

95.5

2015 Echezeaux Burgundy

95.5
TBC

2014 Echezeaux Liger-Belair; Domaine du Comte Burgundy

2014 Echezeaux Burgundy

£6,375.00
£531.00

2013 Echezeaux Liger-Belair; Domaine du Comte Burgundy

2013 Echezeaux Burgundy

£8,351.00
£695.00

2011 Echezeaux Liger-Belair; Domaine du Comte Burgundy

93.5

2011 Echezeaux Burgundy

93.5
£6,836.00
£569.00

2009 Echezeaux Liger-Belair; Domaine du Comte Burgundy

2009 Echezeaux Burgundy

£8,956.00
£4,477.00
£746.00
£1,491.00

2008 Echezeaux Liger-Belair; Domaine du Comte Burgundy

2008 Echezeaux Burgundy

£10,449.00
£5,222.00
£870.00

2007 Echezeaux Liger-Belair; Domaine du Comte Burgundy

2007 Echezeaux Burgundy

£7,102.00
£591.00

2015 Nuits St Georges Clos des Grandes Vignes B Liger-Belair; Domaine du Comte Burgundy

89.0

2015 Nuits St Georges Clos des Grandes Vignes B Burgundy

89.0
TBC

2013 Nuits St Georges Clos des Grandes Vignes B Liger-Belair; Domaine du Comte Burgundy

2013 Nuits St Georges Clos des Grandes Vignes B Burgundy

£2,495.00
£209.00

2012 Nuits St Georges Clos des Grandes Vignes B Liger-Belair; Domaine du Comte Burgundy

2012 Nuits St Georges Clos des Grandes Vignes B Burgundy

£2,884.00
£241.00

2015 Nuits St Georges Clos des Grandes Vignes R Liger-Belair; Domaine du Comte Burgundy

93.5

2015 Nuits St Georges Clos des Grandes Vignes R Burgundy

93.5
TBC

2014 Nuits St Georges Clos des Grandes Vignes R Liger-Belair; Domaine du Comte Burgundy

2014 Nuits St Georges Clos des Grandes Vignes R Burgundy

£2,761.00
£231.00

2013 Nuits St Georges Clos des Grandes Vignes R Liger-Belair; Domaine du Comte Burgundy

89.0

2013 Nuits St Georges Clos des Grandes Vignes R Burgundy

89.0
£2,680.00
£2,680.00
£225.00
£183.00
£447.00

2012 Nuits St Georges Clos des Grandes Vignes R Liger-Belair; Domaine du Comte Burgundy

91.25

2012 Nuits St Georges Clos des Grandes Vignes R Burgundy

91.25
£3,485.00
£3,485.00
£291.00

2015 Nuits St Georges Les Cras Liger-Belair; Domaine du Comte Burgundy

93.5

2015 Nuits St Georges Les Cras Burgundy

93.5
TBC

2013 Nuits St Georges Les Cras Liger-Belair; Domaine du Comte Burgundy

2013 Nuits St Georges Les Cras Burgundy

£3,150.00
£1,575.00

2012 Nuits St Georges Les Cras Liger-Belair; Domaine du Comte Burgundy

2012 Nuits St Georges Les Cras Burgundy

£4,435.00
£2,216.00
£369.00

2006 Nuits St Georges Les Cras Liger-Belair; Domaine du Comte Burgundy

90.0

2006 Nuits St Georges Les Cras Burgundy

90.0
£3,707.00
£309.00

2015 Nuits St Georges Les Lavieres Liger-Belair; Domaine du Comte Burgundy

2015 Nuits St Georges Les Lavieres Burgundy

TBC

2009 Nuits St Georges Les Lavieres Liger-Belair; Domaine du Comte Burgundy

2009 Nuits St Georges Les Lavieres Burgundy

£2,620.00
£2,620.00

2015 Nuits St Georges Les St Georges Liger-Belair; Domaine du Comte Burgundy

2015 Nuits St Georges Les St Georges Burgundy

TBC

2015 Richebourg Liger-Belair; Domaine du Comte Burgundy

2015 Richebourg Burgundy

TBC

2015 La Romanee Liger-Belair; Domaine du Comte Burgundy

98.5

2015 La Romanee Burgundy

98.5
TBC

2014 La Romanee Liger-Belair; Domaine du Comte Burgundy

2014 La Romanee Burgundy

£30,908.00
£15,509.00
£2,584.00

2013 La Romanee Liger-Belair; Domaine du Comte Burgundy

98.0

2013 La Romanee Burgundy

98.0
£30,812.00
£15,461.00
£7,728.00
£2,576.00

2012 La Romanee Liger-Belair; Domaine du Comte Burgundy

97.0

2012 La Romanee Burgundy

97.0
£35,204.00
£2,945.00

2011 La Romanee Liger-Belair; Domaine du Comte Burgundy

94.5

2011 La Romanee Burgundy

94.5
£26,756.00
£13,413.00
£2,233.00

2010 La Romanee Liger-Belair; Domaine du Comte Burgundy

97.0

2010 La Romanee Burgundy

97.0
£41,351.00
£41,351.00
£3,463.00

2009 La Romanee Liger-Belair; Domaine du Comte Burgundy

97.0

2009 La Romanee Burgundy

97.0
£35,360.00
£17,755.00
£2,958.00

2008 La Romanee Liger-Belair; Domaine du Comte Burgundy

96.0

2008 La Romanee Burgundy

96.0
£30,740.00
£7,710.00
£2,570.00

2006 La Romanee Liger-Belair; Domaine du Comte Burgundy

95.0

2006 La Romanee Burgundy

95.0
£22,700.00
£1,893.00

2005 La Romanee Liger-Belair; Domaine du Comte Burgundy

95.0

2005 La Romanee Burgundy

95.0
£43,352.00
£3,631.00

2003 La Romanee Liger-Belair; Domaine du Comte Burgundy

90.0

2003 La Romanee Burgundy

90.0
£26,096.00
£13,073.00

2002 La Romanee Liger-Belair; Domaine du Comte Burgundy

94.0

2002 La Romanee Burgundy

94.0
£32,684.00
£2,732.00

1985 La Romanee Liger-Belair; Domaine du Comte Burgundy

1985 La Romanee Burgundy

£17,563.00
£8,779.00

2015 Vosne Romanee Liger-Belair; Domaine du Comte Burgundy

90.5

2015 Vosne Romanee Burgundy

90.5
TBC

2015 Vosne Romanee Aux Reignots Liger-Belair; Domaine du Comte Burgundy

94.5

2015 Vosne Romanee Aux Reignots Burgundy

94.5
TBC

2012 Vosne Romanee Aux Reignots Liger-Belair; Domaine du Comte Burgundy

94.0

2012 Vosne Romanee Aux Reignots Burgundy

94.0
£8,324.00
£4,162.00
£693.00

2011 Vosne Romanee Aux Reignots Liger-Belair; Domaine du Comte Burgundy

93.0

2011 Vosne Romanee Aux Reignots Burgundy

93.0
£6,032.00
£6,032.00
£502.00

2009 Vosne Romanee Aux Reignots Liger-Belair; Domaine du Comte Burgundy

96.0

2009 Vosne Romanee Aux Reignots Burgundy

96.0
£8,860.00
£738.00

2008 Vosne Romanee Aux Reignots Liger-Belair; Domaine du Comte Burgundy

93.0

2008 Vosne Romanee Aux Reignots Burgundy

93.0
£6,416.00
£6,416.00

2015 Vosne Romanee Clos du Chateau Monopole Liger-Belair; Domaine du Comte Burgundy

92.5

2015 Vosne Romanee Clos du Chateau Monopole Burgundy

92.5
TBC

2014 Vosne Romanee Clos du Chateau Monopole Liger-Belair; Domaine du Comte Burgundy

2014 Vosne Romanee Clos du Chateau Monopole Burgundy

£2,884.00
£241.00

2013 Vosne Romanee Clos du Chateau Monopole Liger-Belair; Domaine du Comte Burgundy

2013 Vosne Romanee Clos du Chateau Monopole Burgundy

£2,882.00
£2,882.00
£2,644.00
£241.00

2012 Vosne Romanee Clos du Chateau Monopole Liger-Belair; Domaine du Comte Burgundy

88.0

2012 Vosne Romanee Clos du Chateau Monopole Burgundy

88.0
£3,186.00
£1,593.00
£266.00

2007 Vosne Romanee Clos du Chateau Monopole Liger-Belair; Domaine du Comte Burgundy

2007 Vosne Romanee Clos du Chateau Monopole Burgundy

£2,944.00
£246.00

2015 Vosne Romanee La Colombiere Liger-Belair; Domaine du Comte Burgundy

92.0

2015 Vosne Romanee La Colombiere Burgundy

92.0
TBC

2014 Vosne Romanee La Colombiere Liger-Belair; Domaine du Comte Burgundy

2014 Vosne Romanee La Colombiere Burgundy

£2,701.00
£226.00

2013 Vosne Romanee La Colombiere Liger-Belair; Domaine du Comte Burgundy

2013 Vosne Romanee La Colombiere Burgundy

£2,816.00
£2,816.00
£2,583.00
£1,407.00
£236.00

2011 Vosne Romanee La Colombiere Liger-Belair; Domaine du Comte Burgundy

88.0

2011 Vosne Romanee La Colombiere Burgundy

88.0
£2,144.00
£180.00

2005 Vosne Romanee La Colombiere Liger-Belair; Domaine du Comte Burgundy

86.0

2005 Vosne Romanee La Colombiere Burgundy

86.0
£3,707.00
DP £309.00

2015 Vosne Romanee Les Brulees Liger-Belair; Domaine du Comte Burgundy

94.5

2015 Vosne Romanee Les Brulees Burgundy

94.5
TBC

2015 Vosne Romanee Les Chaumes Liger-Belair; Domaine du Comte Burgundy

93.5

2015 Vosne Romanee Les Chaumes Burgundy

93.5
TBC

2013 Vosne Romanee Les Chaumes Liger-Belair; Domaine du Comte Burgundy

2013 Vosne Romanee Les Chaumes Burgundy

£5,126.00
£2,563.00
£427.00

2009 Vosne Romanee Les Chaumes Liger-Belair; Domaine du Comte Burgundy

2009 Vosne Romanee Les Chaumes Burgundy

£5,719.00
£476.00

2008 Vosne Romanee Les Chaumes Liger-Belair; Domaine du Comte Burgundy

2008 Vosne Romanee Les Chaumes Burgundy

£5,095.00
£5,095.00

2006 Vosne Romanee Les Chaumes Liger-Belair; Domaine du Comte Burgundy

2006 Vosne Romanee Les Chaumes Burgundy

£4,411.00
£367.00

2002 Vosne Romanee Les Chaumes Liger-Belair; Domaine du Comte Burgundy

87.0

2002 Vosne Romanee Les Chaumes Burgundy

87.0
£6,824.00
£568.00

2015 Vosne Romanee Les Suchots Liger-Belair; Domaine du Comte Burgundy

92.5

2015 Vosne Romanee Les Suchots Burgundy

92.5
TBC

2013 Vosne Romanee Les Suchots Liger-Belair; Domaine du Comte Burgundy

2013 Vosne Romanee Les Suchots Burgundy

£6,737.00
£561.00

2011 Vosne Romanee Les Suchots Liger-Belair; Domaine du Comte Burgundy

91.0

2011 Vosne Romanee Les Suchots Burgundy

91.0
£5,028.00
£419.00

2007 Vosne Romanee Les Suchots Liger-Belair; Domaine du Comte Burgundy

2007 Vosne Romanee Les Suchots Burgundy

£5,902.00
£491.00

2006 Vosne Romanee Les Suchots Liger-Belair; Domaine du Comte Burgundy

91.0

2006 Vosne Romanee Les Suchots Burgundy

91.0
£6,300.00
£525.00

2015 Vosne Romanee Petits Monts Liger-Belair; Domaine du Comte Burgundy

93.5

2015 Vosne Romanee Petits Monts Burgundy

93.5
TBC

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