Domaine Hubert Lignier

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Country of Origin: France
Location: Morey-Saint-Denis, Burgundy
People: Hubert Lignier Family, Owners | Hubert & son Laurent Lignier, Winemakers
Viticulture: Practicing Organic

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Domaine Hubert Lignier (1.5 L) 2014 Nuits-St-Georges, Les Poisets, AOC Login BH 88-90 WA (90-92) AG (87-90) In Stock
Domaine Hubert Lignier 2014 Cham-Mus. 1er Cru, Les Chabiots, AOC Login BH 89-91 WA (88-90) AG (88-91) In Stock
Domaine Hubert Lignier 2015 Chambolle-Musigny, Les Bussieres, AOC Login AG (87-89) WA (89-91) BH 87-89 In Stock
Domaine Hubert Lignier 2014 Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru AOC Login AG 92 BH 92-94 WA (92-94) In Stock
Domaine Hubert Lignier 2014 Griotte-Chambertin Grand Cru AOC Login AG 92+ BH 91-94 WA (90-92) In Stock
Domaine Hubert Lignier 2015 Morey-Saint-Denis 1er Cru VV AOC Login AG (91-94) WA 94 BH 90-92 In Stock
Domaine Hubert Lignier 2014 Nuits-St-Georges 1er Cru, Les Didiers Login BH 89-91 WA (91-93) In Stock

The Domaine Hubert Lignier has long had a reputation for its fine wines known for their concentration, depth and structure.

Hubert’s son, Laurent, is the next generation of this proud estate and is following his father’s traditional practices to ensure the treasures coming from the family’s impressive vineyard holdings continue to exhibit the best of their respective appellations. The domaine owns 9 hectares principally in the villages of Morey Saint Denis (where their home and the cellars are located), Gevrey Chambertin and Chambolle Musigny. Recently, the Ligniers have expanded their holdings to include parcels in the appellations of Nuits Saint Georges and Pommard.

The Ligniers follow the principles of lutte raisonnée (sensible combat) in their viticulture: for example, only organic compost is used when necessary and the vineyard is tilled so that no herbicides are used. Yields vary from 20 to 55 hectoliters per hectare depending on the conditions of the growing season and the appellation. The thin, clay and limestone soil on the slopes is not conducive to vigorous growth and limits the crop naturally. A "green harvest" is used when necessary to further manage production to ensure perfect maturity. Young vines are trained using the Cordon de Royat (spur training) system, which helps control the vigor and yields as well. Of critical importance, the sélection massale system (i.e. replacing missing vines with cuttings from the same vineyard) is the only method used to propagate vines, a tradition that gives an extra touch of complexity and character to the resulting wines.

At harvest time, the pickers remove any unhealthy clusters in the field, to avoid contamination of the healthy grapes in the baskets. Traditional vinification practices are the core of their work: grapes are destemmed and fermentation takes place in open-top cement tanks that allow manual pigéage. Only natural yeasts are used. Laurent uses an extended cold soak maceration period prior to fermentation to allow greater extraction (contrary to his father who believes that the best extraction takes place during the alcoholic fermentation). Fermentation is rather long and generally lasts 15 to 20 days following the cold soak of 5 days. The use of new oak for the élevage is carefully restrained; the norm being approximately 20% to ­ 30% on the village wines and up to 50% for the premier and grand crus. The wines of the village appellations usually spend 18 months in barrel while the premier and grand crus remain in cask for 20 to 24 months before being bottled, all without fining or filtration. All work in the cellar that requires movement of the wine is done by gravity; the wines are never pumped.

Vinous Media 1/2016
"The Lignier domain is intact again as of vintage 2014. Father Hubert had rented several parcels of vines to his son Romain under a traditional 18-year metayage agreement and following Romain’s untimely death in 2004, those parcels were controlled by his American wife Kellen. Over this period, Hubert and his older son Laurent kept just one-third of the fruit but now, with three times the volume, they can vinify each of these parcels separately. There will be two different labels in 2014: Domaine Hubert Lignier for the estate wines and Hubert Lignier for the négociant bottlings. Laurent Lignier told me that he and his father carried out a green harvest 'everywhere, especially in our purchased parcels, as some vines had a really big charge of fruit. The wines have moderate density and ripeness but clearly communicate their terroir. They may be a bit more diluted than the 2015s and 2013s,' he went on. 'Their acidity is sound but not obvious and they show great drinkability. The 2013s are more saline and minerally, while the ‘14s are fruitier.' All of the wines were still in barrel, unracked, at the time of my November tasting."

Reviews

  • Hubert Lignier 2014 Griotte-Chambertin Grand Cru AOC
    Vinous
    Rating: 92+ (3/1/2017)

    (the first vintage for this wine at Lignier; from totally destemmed fruit): Very subtle scents of raspberry, blood orange and rose petal. Juicy, penetrating, stony wine with urgent, high-pitched red berry and mineral intensity of flavor and an impression of weightlessness. Not a large or thick wine--in fact quite different in style from Lignier's estate bottlings, and clearly less ripe than the Clos de la Roche--but shows lover inner-mouth tension and length.
  • Hubert Lignier 2014 Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru AOC
    Vinous
    Rating: 92 (3/1/2017)

    Smells riper on the nose than the Griottes, offering richer scents of musky strawberry and cherry. Then sweeter and weightier in the mouth too, if a bit literal and solid following the racy Griottes. Still, with its sweet red fruits, fine-grained texture and ripe tannins, this wine is still in a rather feminine style. Laurent Lignier notes that the family's vines are situated higher on the hillside--in other words, not planted on heavier soil next to the Route Nationale.
  • Hubert Lignier 2014 Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru AOC
    Burghound
    Rating: 92-94 (1/15/2016)

    A more restrained and more deeply pitched nose also has some wood in evidence on the combination of earthy dark berry fruit and sauvage hints. There is real size, weight and power to the bigger broad-shouldered flavors that brim with palate coating dry extract, all wrapped in a dense, long and well-balanced finish. This doesn't have the refinement of the Griotte but it's definitely more powerful and more concentrated.
  • Hubert Lignier 2014 Griotte-Chambertin Grand Cru AOC
    Burghound
    Rating: 91-94 (1/15/2016)

    An admirably pure, airy and very cool nose presents aromas of various red fruit, earth, floral and spice scents that are even more elegant and refined than those of the Les St. Georges. Moreover, this sense of refinement continues onto the intense, delicious and balanced flavors that culminate in a delicious, stony and moderately austere finish where a hint of bitter cherry arises. This is not especially dense but it is classy and I really like the overall balance as well as the heightened sense of refinement.
  • Hubert Lignier 2014 Cham-Mus. 1er Cru, Les Chabiots, AOC
    Burghound
    Rating: 89-91 (1/15/2016)

    A discreet application of wood sets off fresh and spicy aromas of red cherry, raspberry and floral scents. Not surprisingly the tautly muscular and reasonably well-concentrated flavors possess a notably finer mouth feel while exuding a fine bead of minerality on the saline and well-balanced finale. This is not especially complex at present but I expect that to improve with bottle age.
  • Hubert Lignier 2014 Nuits-St-Georges 1er Cru, Les Didiers
    Burghound
    Rating: 89-91 (1/15/2016)

    A ripe and more deeply pitched nose consists of dark berry fruit, humus, earth, tea and a hint of the sauvage is also trimmed in a gentle application of wood. There is good minerally to the lively middle weight flavors that are underpinned by moderately firm tannins before concluding in a suave and velvety finish that displays just a hint of Nuits rusticity.
  • Hubert Lignier (1.5 L) 2014 Nuits-St-Georges, Les Poisets, AOC
    Burghound
    Rating: 88-90 (1/15/2016)

    Moderate reduction pushes what appears to be ripe fruit to the background. I like the sense of energy as well as the vibrancy and volume of the robust and relatively muscular flavors that culminate in a rustic but not hard finish. This is plainly going to need at least 6 to 8 years of cellar time to shed some structure.
  • Hubert Lignier 2014 Cham-Mus. 1er Cru, Les Chabiots, AOC
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: (88-90) (12/30/2015)

    The 2014 Chambolle Musigny les Chabiots 1er Cru comes from the 1.5-hectare vineyard; it has a crisp, floral, rose petal-scented bouquet that opens nicely in the glass. The palate is well balanced with crisp acidity and quite firm tannin that render it Morey-like in style, with a firm grip on the finish. A bit gruff at the moment, it should flesh out by the time it is in bottle.
  • Hubert Lignier 2014 Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru AOC
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: (92-94) (12/30/2015)

    The 2014 Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru, from the southern part of the Mazoyères sector, has a fragrant bouquet with scents of raspberry coulis and blueberry, though these recede as the wine opens in the glass to reveal more flinty, cold stone aromas. The palate is medium-bodied with succulent ripe tannin matched by a keen line of acidity. It is a linear and poised Charmes-Chambertin, just a touch of spice coming towards the finish that feels long and tender. Such a beautiful wine, but it will need 5-6 years to really show what it can do.
  • Hubert Lignier 2014 Griotte-Chambertin Grand Cru AOC
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: (90-92) (12/30/2015)

    The 2014 Griotte Chambertin Grand Cru is the first release from Laurent Lignier. It comes from purchased fruit, although he is continually in the vineyard, and it amounts to just two cases. It has a perfumed bouquet with cranberry, blueberry and just a very faint touch of coca. The palate is medium-bodied with sappy red berry fruit. There is a gentle grip in the mouth and good weight, though it requires a little more nuance and finesse on the finish.
  • Hubert Lignier 2014 Nuits-St-Georges 1er Cru, Les Didiers
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: (91-93) (12/30/2015)

    The 2014 Nuits Saint Georges les Didiers Hospice de Nuits comes from the Cuvée Jacques Duret this year (it has not been the case in previous years). It has a pretty bouquet, redcurrant and cranberry fruit, violets coming through with time. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, beautifully judged acidity, the oak nicely integrated (Laurent prudently racked it into a used barrel after purchase) with a very harmonious, svelte finish. Superb.
  • Hubert Lignier (1.5 L) 2014 Nuits-St-Georges, Les Poisets, AOC
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: (90-92) (12/20/2015)

    The 2014 Nuits St Georges les Poisets, which has been made at the domaine since 2010 and comes from vines planted in the 1950s that are often affected by millerandage, has a nicely detailed bouquet with pretty strawberry pastille and citrus lemon scents; there is also a touch of cold pond on a winter's day in the background (that image just sprang into my mind!). The palate is silky smooth on the entry, very well balanced with supple tannin, lightly spiced red berry fruit with a slightly grainy texture on the harmonious finish. This is an excellent offering from Laurent Lignier.
  • Hubert Lignier (1.5 L) 2014 Nuits-St-Georges, Les Poisets, AOC
    Vinous
    Rating: (87-90) (1/2/2016)

    (the Lignier have owned these 60+-year-old vines since 2010): Good deep red-ruby color. Wild, slightly reduced aromas of black cherry, black raspberry and game. Chewy and concentrated owing to the high percentage of millerandé grapes, with ripe dark fruit flavors framed and extended by spicy tannins. Production here was under 35 hectoliters per hectare, according to Laurent Lignier.
  • Hubert Lignier 2014 Cham-Mus. 1er Cru, Les Chabiots, AOC
    Vinous
    Rating: (88-91) (1/2/2016)

    Bright medium red. Lovely floral/minty lift to the raspberry, spice and stone aromas. Juicy, clean and precise, offering very good lift to the flavors of dark raspberry, flowers and minerals. Laurent Lignier notes that this wine is low in acidity but it doesn't lack for mineral tension or delicacy. Finishes with firm tannins and considerable finesse.
  • Hubert Lignier 2015 Morey-Saint-Denis 1er Cru VV AOC
    Vinous
    Rating: (91-94) (1/2/2017)

    (25% vendange entier; a blend of Les Faconnières and Les Chenevery, from vines planted between 1936 and 1952): Good medium red. Subdued on the nose compared to the Chaffots, with an aroma of cherrry liqueur complemented by a toasty, grilled note. Concentrated, tactile and sweet in the mouth, displaying terrific silkiness and lovely aromatic complexity to the red fruit, spice and smoky mineral flavors. Offers a captivating balance of ripeness and vinosity and finishes with high-class tannins.
  • Hubert Lignier 2015 Chambolle-Musigny, Les Bussieres, AOC
    Vinous
    Rating: (87-89) (1/2/2017)

    (from the Morey side of this village site, next to the Clos de la Bussière): A bit darker and riper on the nose than the basic village offering, revealing scents of black raspberry and minerals. Offers good thickness of texture with nicely integrated acidity, the dark fruit flavors lifted by a floral element. This rather silky, well-balanced wine shows an attractive sweetness and finishes with supple tannins and good length. Aging in 20% new oak, which is the normal practice at Lignier for village wines.
  • Hubert Lignier 2015 Morey-Saint-Denis 1er Cru VV AOC
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 94 (4/27/2018)

    The 2015 Morey St Denis 1er Cru Vieilles Vignes is a wonderful rendition of this reliably superb cuvée—which hails from old vines in Faconnières and Chenevery that always produce very small, shot berries. The wine offers up a bouquet of red and black fruits, dark soil tones, raw cocoa and pencil lead, gently framed by new oak. On the palate, it's full-bodied and multidimensional, with a deep core of fruit and excellent sappy energy that carries through the long finish. Its tannins are beautifully cloaked in fruit. The Ligniers call this their baby Clos de la Roche and it’s easy to see why.
  • Hubert Lignier 2015 Chambolle-Musigny, Les Bussieres, AOC
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: (89-91) (12/30/2016)

    The 2015 Chambolle-Musigny Les Bussières includes a small proportion of whole bunch fruit. It has a harmonious bouquet with red cherries and pomegranate aromas. I appreciate the definition and precision here. The palate is medium-bodied with crisp and crunchy red berry fruit, very natural in style, pure and tensile with a dash of spice on the finish. This should give ten years of pleasure, possibly more.
  • Hubert Lignier 2015 Chambolle-Musigny, Les Bussieres, AOC
    Burghound
    Rating: 87-89 (1/15/2017)

    This too is aromatically somber if perhaps a bit more elegant with its ripe red and dark currant, violet and earth-suffused nose. In the same fashion as the old vines cuvée there is good richness and volume to the succulent medium-bodied flavors that exude a fine bead of minerality before concluding in a longer finish that also flirts with rusticity.
  • Hubert Lignier 2015 Morey-Saint-Denis 1er Cru VV AOC
    Burghound
    Rating: 90-92 (1/15/2017)

    (a blend of two lieux-dits with 50 to 100 year old vines that is two-thirds Les Faconnières and the remainder from Les Chenevery) A reticent and distinctly somber nose combines hints of leather, smoke, earth, red currant and a hint of wood. There is excellent richness and intensity to the overtly powerful medium weight flavors that possess better mid-palate concentration along with better finishing balance on the distinctly firm finish.