2001 H. Lignier Clos De La Roche

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(Domaine Hubert Lignier Clos de la Roche Grand Cru Red) (with thanks to Bruce Khouri). A wonderfully complex and notably ripe nose that is still restrained and tight is followed by big, concentrated and very powerful large-scaled flavors blessed with stunning length. This is relatively understated for such a big wine but there is plenty of structure and extraction plus it packs plenty of flavor authority here. In short, this is a very classy wine of both power and elegance. Note that my original drinking window was unduly optimistic and this will clearly require more time than I originaly foresaw. Consistent experience with multiple bottles. (Drink starting 2016)

Burghound | 93 BH
(from a 375-ml. bottle): Palish, browning color but a bit more red in the middle than the Morey-Saint-Denis Vieilles Vignes 1er Cru. Fresher than that wine as well in spite of the smaller bottle format, offering very ripe aromas of redcurrant and smoke, with a note of fresh meat emerging with aeration. Turns darker in the mouth, showing a faint pruney quality. A very rich wine with good depth of flavor, this has the mid-palate stuffing to support its late-arriving, slightly dusty tannins. Seems fully evolved, but I suspect that regular 750-ml. bottles are more youthful. (Laurent told me he has only four 750s and eight magnums remaining of this wine. He noted that there "wasn't a lot of sun influence here" and that the 2001 Clos de la Roche was dominated by its acidity in the early years but is showing more terroir character now.)

Vinous Media | 90 VM

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Vintage 2001
Color Red
Country France: Words fail us when trying to adequately portray France's place in the world of wine. It's downright impossible to imagine what wine would feel and taste like had it not been for France's many, many viticultural pioneers. Fine wine is the blood of France's vigorously beating heart, and it finds itself in many aspects of French culture. With a viticultural history that dates all the way back to the 6th century BC, France now enjoys its position as the most famous and reputable wine region on the planet. If you have a burning passion for masterfully crafted, mouth-watering, mind-expanding wines, then regular visits to France are probably already in your schedule, and for a good reason.
Producer Domaine Hubert Lignier
Rating 93 BH
Region Burgundy: Situated just west of the beautiful river Saone, the hills and valleys of Burgundy stand as they have stood since medieval times, and you can almost hear the cheerful chatter of vineyard workers from miles away. Indeed, France's identity in the world of wine would be incomplete without the inclusion of Burgundy and its many viticultural achievements. Every little sub-region of the area boasts a unique soil composition, which, when combined with the area's climate conditions, creates an incredibly diverse and appealing selection of fine wines. Every new bottle is an adventure of its own, and a snapshot of its birthplace. You could spend years sampling great Burgundian wines, and you would still have a lot to learn, which is what makes the region so compelling for veterans and novice wine lovers alike. No matter what your taste in wines may be, there is a winery in Burgundy that could mesmerize your mind and make your senses scream with joy. And what better way to spend a comfy summer afternoon with your friends and family than with a classy bottle from some of the region's most reputable wineries? From the noble slopes of Cote d'Or to the flatlands near various settlements, let us help you on your journey as we explore Burgundy's most delicious and renowned wines.
Type of Wine Burgundy Red: If you have a craving for some beautiful, mind-expanding Pinot Noir, few regions can match the talent and consistency of Burgundy. The grape almost seems like it evolved for this very region, and its essence will stimulate your senses and arouse your imagination. Drink deep and experience almost spiritual enlightenment.
Varietal Pinot Noir: Pinot Noir is possibly the most versatile red grape when it comes to the ways it's been used over the years. From red wines to sparkling wines and beyond, there aren't many places where you can avoid hearing about it, and for a good reason. It's often easy to spot a bottle of Pinot Noir simply by the pale, translucent color, which transitions into a shade reminiscent of old-timey brickwork, adding a lovely dash of country charm to an already awe-inspiring drink.
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