Domaine Georges Lignier Clos Saint Denis Grand Cru 2017

"...it must be noted that quality here has been on a sharp upswing in just the last four or five years." - Stephen Tanzer (Vinous)

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F+R is thrilled to offer one of the top pick Grand Cru releases in our 2017 Burgundy EP campaign: the sensational Clos Saint Denis Grand Cru 2017 from Domaine Georges Lignier.

 

Lignier produces wines of distinct terroir personality from an impressive array of Grand Cru sites including Bonnes Mares and Clos de la Roche, yet their Clos Saint Denis remains their most important cuvee.

 

Lignier's 2017 Clos Saint Denis is bursting with power, intensity and terroir complexity, with a terrific volume of fruit, a fine line of fresh acidity and exceptional length. We think this is a very smart buy for a red Grand Cru Burgundy from a young rising star of the Cote de Nuits.

 

THE VINTAGE

 

Unusually, in 2017, winemaker Benoit Stehly picked the Grand Crus first. A hailstorm in July knocked out about 20% of his Grand Cru yield which he describes as a “natural green harvest”. He believes this 20% loss was a huge benefit to the vintage, creating a distinct increase in quality in terms of concentration on the final crop. For Benoit the balance and ripeness levels in his 2017s were perfect.

 

THE TERROIR

 

Domaine Georges Lignier is the largest holder of the Clos Saint Denis vineyard, with Lignier and Dujac owning 50% of the appellation between them. Lignier in fact has two separate plots on either extremes of this special Grand Cru site; the northern site sandwiched between Rousseau’s Clos de la Roche and Coquard’s Clos Saint Denis and the southern site neighbouring the Dujac parcel, with both plots running from the top of the slope to the bottom giving the wine a very representative expression of this Grand Cru site.

 

The vines are very old (over 60 years) bringing a driving minerality to the wine. Lignier is the only grower in Morey Saint Denis that works with permanent grass in the vineyards, encouraging deeper root growth, reducing the stress on the vines in warmer vintages and producing a better consistency in ripeness and concentration in the 2017.

 

Lignier uses 40% new oak on all of his Grand Crus. He uses 30% whole bunch fermentation in riper vintages, including 2017, adding freshness and aromatic complexity.

 

THE TASTING NOTE

 

"Made from two separate plots with a significant part situated on the higher slope of the vineyard where there is a lot less topsoil results in a tremendous mouth-watering acidity and mineral power. There is also a fine elegant silky suppleness and concentration to the black cherry, blackberry pastille fruit, as well as complex aromas of smoky aromatic tea and dark chocolate. Long length, great freshness. Powerful stuff!"  Drink 2025 - 2040.

(FINE+RARE, November 2018)