Domaine Hubert Lignier – Neal Martin (Vinous)

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2018 Domaine Hubert Lignier Clos-de-la-Roche Grand Cru

The 2018 Clos de la Roche Cuvée MCMLV comes from a 0.25-hectare parcel that Laurent’s grandmother said never frosted over. It has a crystalline bouquet of vibrant red cherry and wild strawberry fruit laced with crushed limestone. The palate is silky-smooth on the entry, with perfect acidity and pure blueberry and cassis fruit fanning out toward the sumptuous finish. It feels long and languid, perhaps more modern in style than the regular cuvée but with greater density and finesse.

(96-98)
2023 – 2055
Jan 2020

2018 Domaine Hubert Lignier Clos-de-la-Roche Grand Cru

The 2018 Clos de la Roche Grand Cru comprises one-third whole bunch and 30% new oak. The nose is uncharacteristically backward, though with coaxing it offers enticing dark cherries, blackberry, sous-bois and pine aromas that gain intensity with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with sappy red berry fruit and a fine bead of acidity. Taut and linear, leading to a very precise, persistent finish that is a pure joy. Divine.

(94-96)
2023 – 2050
Jan 2020

2018 Domaine Hubert Lignier Gevrey-Chambertin Aux Combottes 1er Cru

The 2018 Gevrey-Chambertin Aux Combottes 1er Cru includes one-third whole bunch. It has an intense, detailed bouquet of red currant, touches of iodine and pressed iris aromas gaining intensity with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannins and beautifully judged acidity. So harmonious and silky in texture that you almost do not notice the persistence on the finish. Wonderful.

(94-96)
2022 – 2048
Jan 2020

2018 Domaine Hubert Lignier Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru

The 2018 Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru comes from the Mazoyères side. It has a very attractive bouquet of black cherries, wild strawberry, cola and touches of brown spices. The palate is medium-bodied with sappy red fruit, the 30% whole bunch lending a subtle earthiness on the midpalate, although I would like a little more substance to show on the finish. Enjoy this over the next 15 years.

(92-94)
2023 – 2038
Jan 2020

2018 Domaine Hubert Lignier Morey-Saint-Denis Les Chaffots 1er Cru

The 2018 Morey-Saint-Denis Les Chaffots 1er Cru is marked by higher acidity than other Premier Crus. It has a powerful bouquet of blackberry, raspberry and scorched earth aromas, developing floral scents with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied, the 30% whole bunch neatly integrated. The harmonious, beautifully poised finish lingers long in the mouth. Excellent.

(92-94)
2022 – 2040
Jan 2020

2018 Domaine Hubert Lignier Morey-Saint-Denis Vieilles Vignes 1er Cru

The 2018 Morey-Saint-Denis Vielles Vignes 1er Cru, which is sourced from Les Faconnières and Les Chenevery, includes 30% whole-bunch fruit and one-third new oak. It has an intense nose of blueberry, black cherries and wet limestone scents that seem to burst from the glass. The medium-bodied palate delivers supple tannins and a velvety smooth texture, with beautifully integrated oak toward the seductive finish. Gorgeous.

(92-94)
2022 – 2045
Jan 2020

2018 Domaine Hubert Lignier Griotte-Chambertin Grand Cru

The 2018 Griottes-Chambertin Grand Cru is the fifth vintage from purchased fruit under the Lignier label. It has a rather closed, sultry bouquet that does not quite shift into fifth gear. The medium-bodied palate offers supple tannins, a svelte texture and candied red fruit mixed with blood orange and marmalade. It finishes with the style I would like to see develop on the nose.

(91-93)
2022 – 2038
Jan 2020

2018 Domaine Hubert Lignier Morey-Saint-Denis La Riotte 1er Cru

The 2018 Morey-Saint-Denis La Riotte 1er Cru comes from a parcel that suffers very little hydric stress, according to Laurent Lignier. Including 30% whole bunch and matured with 25% new oak, it has a harmonious bouquet of raspberry, wild strawberry and light sous-bois aromas. The medium-bodied palate offers supple tannins and a fine bead of acidity. Quite generous, with a lovely mineral-rich finish. Excellent.

(91-93)
2021 – 2038
Jan 2020

2018 Domaine Hubert Lignier Nuits Saint-Georges Les Didiers (Hospices de Nuits)

The 2018 Nuits Saint-Georges Les Didiers (Hospices de Nuits) 1er Cru has a rather oaky nose, which is unsurprising given that this is the standard élevage for the Hospices. The medium-bodied palate delivers ripe, candied red berry fruit laced with orange zest and tangerine. The oak is nicely integrated on a finish of good length, if not the same complexity as Lignier’s best cuvées this year.

(91-93)
2022 – 2038
Jan 2020

2018 Domaine Hubert Lignier Chambolle-Musigny Les Baudes 1er Cru

The 2018 Chambolle-Musigny Les Baudes 1er Cru is noticeably darker in color than the Les Chabiots even though it includes more whole-bunch fruit, at 30%. It has a well-defined bouquet of black cherries, raspberry and wild strawberry fruit plus a touch of crushed stone. The palate is medium-bodied with sappy red berry fruit, a fine bead of acidity and fine tension and elegance toward the finish. This is very well crafted.

(90-92)
2022 – 2035
Jan 2020

2018 Domaine Hubert Lignier Gevrey-Chambertin Les Seuvrées

The 2018 Gevrey-Chambertin Les Seuvrées suffered some millerandage this vintage and produced particularly small bunches. It has a very perfumed, floral bouquet with earthy tannins imparted by the 30% whole-bunch fruit. The fleshy palate is medium-bodied with supple tannins, a silky texture and a gentle, caressing finish that is utterly charming.

(90-91)
2021 – 2030
Jan 2020

2018 Domaine Hubert Lignier Chambolle-Musigny Les Bussières 1er Cru

The 2018 Chambolle-Musigny Les Bussières 1er Cru has a perfumed, floral bouquet of raspberry, black cherry and wilted rose petal scents. The palate is medium-bodied with fine-grained tannins, a slightly chalky texture and darker fruit tinged with soy developing toward the finish. The 20% new oak is nicely integrated here. Very fine.

(89-91)
2022 – 2032
Jan 2020

2018 Hubert Lignier Chambolle-Musigny Les Chabiots 1er Cru

The 2018 Chambolle-Musigny Les Chabiots 1er Cru comes from purchased fruit and includes 20% whole bunch. The pretty bouquet offers scents of strawberry shortbread and bunches of wilted rose petals. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannins. Very fleshy and generous, if missing some weight and grip on the finish. Fine.

(89-91)
2021 – 2029
Jan 2020

2018 Hubert Lignier Gevrey-Chambertin Les Reniards

The 2018 Gevrey-Chambertin Les Reniards, which was one of the first parcels picked, comes from purchased grapes. It has a harmonious bouquet of brambly red berry fruit plus touches of soy. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannins, and quite fleshy, with a lightly spiced finish.

(89-91)
2021 – 2030
Jan 2020

2018 Domaine Hubert Lignier Pommard En Brescul

The 2018 Pommard En Brescul comes from vines close to Beaune that Laurent Lignier purchased in 2014. It has a broody nose of dark berry fruit intermixed with light brine and limestone aromas. The palate is medium-bodied with fine-grained tannins, quite poised and pretty. There is an impressive sense of tension and precision on the finish. Worth seeking out.

(89-91)
2021 – 2030
Jan 2020

2018 Domaine Hubert Lignier Morey-Saint-Denis “Trilogie”

The 2018 Morey-Saint-Denis “Trilogie” comes from three lieux-dits, 60% from Chenevery (also from Purroux and Clos Solon). It has a quite a high-toned bouquet of black cherries and cassis fruit that just needs a little more delineation. The palate is better, offering sappy red fruit, fine acidity and orange peel and touches of marmalade on the finish. Fine, but I would drink this over the next decade, no longer.

(88-90)
2021 – 2029
Jan 2020

2018 Domaine Hubert Lignier Nuits Saint-Georges Les Poisets

From a parcel purchased in 2010, the 2018 Nuits Saint-Georges Les Poisets offers red cherries, crushed strawberry and mulberry scents on the nose, which would benefit from more delineation. The palate is medium-bodied with dark berry fruit and touches of soy and sour cherries, tapering a little toward the finish. Fine, but more for early drinking.

(88-90)
2021 – 2029
Jan 2020

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