2020 Lignier-Michelot Morey-Saint-Denis en la rue de Vergy
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,along with plots in the two neighbouring villages of Chambolle Musigny and Gevrey Chambertin. In the last 10 years Virgile Lignier 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 for maturation with most wines seeing around 30% making its effect seamless in the final wines. They are wines which are often very seductive at a young age which also clearly have the potential for ageing superbly. This very young domaine is now regarded among the very best in the Cotes de Nuits.
This tiny vineyard of en la rue de Vergy is just over three hectares in size and borders directly on to three Grand cru vineyards of Bonnes Mares, Clos de Tart and Clos des Lambrays. Virgile owns 1.9 ha of vines planted 1975 situated quite high on the slope just above Clos de Tart where the limestone is quite close to the surface, similar to the highest vineyards in Chambolle Musigny which it borders on the southern side.
A ripe yet decidedly cool and airy nose conveys the pure essence of dark currant with kirsch and rose petal top notes. The refined, intense and equally well-detailed flavors possess a lovely texture along with even more apparent minerality on the youthfully austere, focused and sneaky long finale. Drink from 2025+.
Allen Meadows - Burghound
The 2020 Morey-Saint-Denis en la Rue de Vergy is quite high-toned on the nose: macerated black cherries, hints of black olive and light marine scents. The palate is medium-bodied with grainy tannins, fine acidity, quite compact towards the finish where I am just looking for a little more depth and flesh. Hopefully, it will fatten out a bit. Drink 2025-2036.
Neal Martin - Vinous
Fractionally less intense colour from its hillside location. Pleasing blackberry and fresh raspberry notes. Clean and pure with a red fruit backbone and a little touch of vanilla from the barrel, but the fruit is in the ascendant with a very pretty tingle from the whole bunch.
Jasper Morris MW - Inside Burgundy