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“The soil is the key to succeed in making a great wine: respecting and looking after it is essential to reveal a great terroir.” Laurent Lignier


Domaine Hubert Lignier has grown to 9 hectares and has extensive holdings not just in Morey but also Gevrey, Chambolle and Nuits St Georges.  Hubert’s son, Laurent, now runs the Domaine and is gaining a reputation for making pure ‘terroir’ driven wines of profound fruit quality. Excellent recent reviews from ‘Bourgogne Aujourdhui’ This feels like a terrific time for Laurent and his Domaine. Having put their troubles behind them he has made a run of exceptional if differing vintages with skilful wine making and sensitivity towards terroir as their hallmark. We recently welcomed Laurent to London for two days of tasting and I was genuinely wowed by many of the wines we drank. The future looks bright as this domaine reclaims its rightful place in the top level of Morey-St-Denis. Watch out for the 2017s, they are terrific.

Current Vintages

White WinesVintage
All the best Aligoté comes from old vine stock, the modern clones being more about volume than quality. These were planted in 1944 and produce a wine of succulent fruit and superb length. Bin the cassis.
Laurent buys the grapes for this wine from an old friend, one of St Romain's best growers. Mostly from Sous le Château. The rocky limestone soils give the wines its apricot note as well as its tension and drive. Terrific definition and length. One can feel the quality of the terroir here, and, with the price rises elsewhere, it's high time we took more notice of St Romain.
Fixin Blanc2014
Red WinesVintage
A vineyard just south of Nuit-St-George planted in 1987. The rich clay gives a deeply coloured, intense wine with stylish plum and dark cherry fruit. One can feel the Nuits structure here, yet this also displays the Lignier style, it is perfumed and pure and shows a remarkable depth of flavour. Exceptionally good value for the quality and pleasure offered. Drink now to 2024+.
Plant Gilbert lies across the road from Chambolle Musigny and was planted between 1964 and 1982. It gives a lighter, more transparent wine than the Grand Chaliot, but with seamless texture and great length. From the classical 2017 vintage this is delicious and pure now but will improve over the next five or more years, say until 2025. The magnums look beautiful too.
Vines planted in the 70s in this site just below the 1er Cru Clos Sorbé. Laurent says it always gives a softer, elegant style with very fine tannins and is often mistaken for a Chambolle.
Gevrey Chambertin2013
Vines planted in 1987 in this well drained vineyard below the D974. It gives an airy, elegant take on Gevrey, with soft tannins and refined fruit. The vines can suffer in dry years though.
Vines planted between 1938 and 1966 on this site which lies over the D974 below Mazoyères Grand Cru. Les Seuvrees gives a more masculine, meaty style of Gevrey, with great ageing potential.
A blend of three old vine village vineyards planted in 1936, 1942, 1964 and 1972. The three sites, Chenevery (approx. 60%), Clos Solon (15%) and Porroux (25%), are spread across the village. Their old vines give low yields, rarely more than 30hl/ha, of great quality fruit. A superb village bottling, one of Morey's finest.
Purchased grapes from two parcels over 50 years-old, Gamaires and Drazey, producing a fine, layered Chambolle which needs a little bottle age to show its character.
60-year-old vines growing near the Morey border. A little more structure and crunch that the Vieilles Vignes bottling, alongside lifted dark cherry fruit and liquorice.
Nuits St Georges 1er Cru Vignes Rondes2012
Two plantings, one from 1955, the other from 1986.
Sitting on the slope above Clos St Denis at over 300ms Chaffots benefits from lots of sunshine, while the vines are cooled by breezes from the hills above. It produces wines of tension which age brilliantly.
These 35-year-old vines sit just beside some of the Morey Vieilles Vignes vines, on poor shallow soils.
A really first rate vineyard in Lignier's hands. Old vines, planted in 1960, lying just below Bonne-Mares on extremely fine clay limestone with white marl. Deep wines, concentrated and full, which age brilliantly. One of the finest 1er crus in the domaines line up, but sometimes overlooked. Recent bottles of the 1995, 2000 and 2001 have been stellar.
The Lignier vines are in the Mazoyères Haut section of Charmes, and were planted in 1948. I love this wine for its floral, pretty nose, complex but never heavy, which contrasts with the sense of Grand Cru depth on the palate. A really terrific Charmes-Chambertin.
Bonnes Mares2011
The Lignier Clos de la Roche deserves to be listed amongst the very finest examples from this terrific vineyard. With Laurent's work building on his brother's and father's it is gaining the recognition it merits. The Lignier holdings are divided between the steeply sloped Monts Luisants section, planted between 1955 and 1965, and the lower Fremières, planted between 1953 and 1960. The wine combines power and a cool, taut intensity with beautiful complexity and a range of flavours which encompasses flowers, fruit, earth and minerality. It is an amazing wine which floods the senses. Absolutely a Grand Cru in every sense.

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