Lignier Michelot En La Rue De Vergy Morey-St-Denis 2014


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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The family history here is to sell the wines to a Negociant. That is until current generation Virgile decided to make the wine himself. Converting the Domaine to organics as well as increasing the whole bunch while reducing the new oak Virgile has improved the wines out of sight. Most impressive is that the Lignier Michelot wines are now perfumed, silky and seductive.

En La Rue De Vergy sits directly above Grand cru Clos de Tart quite high on the slope bordering Bonnes Mares on the southern Chambolle-Musigny border and Clos des Lambrays on the northern border. The resulting wine shows remarkable energy and dimension. A stunning village wine.

“(30% whole cluster). Here there is a menthol note sitting atop the slightly riper yet cool aromas of cassis, violet and plum. The palate impression of the medium-bodied flavors isn’t quite as concentrated but it is finer with really lovely delineation to the mineral -inflected, balanced and lingering finish. Recommended. (89-91)/2020+” January 2016


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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