2009 Vicomte Liger-Belair Nuit Saint Georges 1er Cru Aux Cras

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The 2009 Nuits St. Georges Aux Cras is viscerally thrilling from the very first taste. It exudes tons of minerality and sheer energy to support a racy, totally expressive core of red fruit. Layer after layer of flavor builds effortlessly to the huge, structured finish. A veritable kaleidoscope of aromas and flavors overwhelms the senses in this intensely satisfying, complete Burgundy. This is flat-out dazzling.

Vinous Media | 95+ VM
(Domaine du Comte Liger-Belair Nuits St. Georges "Les Cras" 1er 1er Cru Red) An expressive and quite fresh nose features beautifully layered aromas of ripe red berry fruit, wet stone and earth. There is excellent vibrancy and detail to the restrained middle weight flavors that possess plenty of underlying tension on the balanced, long and really quite stylish finish. This is a classy and sophisticated effort that offers excellent length and focused power. (Drink starting 2021).

Burghound | 93 BH
(Nuits St. Georges “aux Cras”- Domaine du Comte Liger-Belair) The 2009 Nuits “aux Cras” from Liger-Belair shows off the great elegance of the vintage, as the wine soars from the glass in an utterly refined mélange of black cherries, dark berries, new leather, woodsmoke, venison, fresh herbs, soil tones and spicy new oak. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, complex and absolutely sappy at the core, with ripe tannins, gentle acids and superb length and grip on the complex and flamboyant finish. Just a lovely bottle of Nuits, and another wine that will probably not reach its apogee for a full decade, but will deliver stunning drinking long before the lofty ascent has been completed. (Drink between 2020-2040).

John Gilman | 92+ JG
I must say that whilst I adored the 2009 Nuits Saint-Georges 1er Cru Aux Cras in its youth, it is not developing with quite the aplomb I was hoping. It has a complex bouquet with an undercurrent of savouriness, dried blood and brown spices, perhaps just a touch more advanced than I was expecting. The palate is smooth and sensual on the entry that is a doppelganger for a Vosne-Romanée. Plush and sumptuous, it is a sexy Nuits Saint Georges but I wanted something more cerebral on the finish. It is an excellent Aux Cras...but it does not quite deliver on the promise it showed 2-3 years ago. Tasted June 2015.

Robert Parker Neal Martin | 92 RP-NM

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Vintage 2009
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 L.Belair
Rating 95+ VM
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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