Hubert Lignier Morey-St-Denis 2012


En La Rue De Vergy sits directly above Grand cru Clos de Tart with other Grand Cru nearby. The wine offers a great value insight into the Morey St Denis style.

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Started in 1800 this has been a family estate for 8 generations. Hubert Lignier and son Laurent now tend 9 hectare of vines making 24 cuvees. Profound, deep and classy red Burgundies with great complexity and structure whilst remaining natural, ethereal and very pure.


Sitting between Gevrey and the more delicate Chambolle both physically and stylistically there is often confusion about what makes Morey special. However it is home to some great producers and vineyards. A taste of a few will soon resolve confusion.


The classic part of Burgundy known as the Cote D’Or (the slope of gold) is essentially one vineyard that is 60km long and maybe 5km at its widest. From this limestone ridge some of the most complex, long-lived and aromatic wines are produced from Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The Cistercian monks who owned the land codified the entire region and so each small plot has a name.

Pinot Noir

This is the most elusive grape. It is relatively early ripening and extremely sensitive to terroir. Its perfect place on earth is the Cote d’Or in Burgundy. So haunting are great red Burgundy’s charms that growers everywhere try to emulate them. Pinot Noir is not just a one trick pony, it can make great reds, rosé, sparkling and even sweet wines, whites on occasion and I’ve tasted a decent fortified Pinot Noir too.

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