2019 Hautes-Côtes de Nuits, Le Clos du Prieuré, Domaine Thibault Liger-Belair, Burgundy

2019 Hautes-Côtes de Nuits, Le Clos du Prieuré, Domaine Thibault Liger-Belair, Burgundy

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2019 Hautes-Côtes de Nuits, Le Clos du Prieuré, Domaine Thibault Liger-Belair, Burgundy

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This 1.1-hectare vineyard is 10 kilometres east of Nuits, planted in 1986 and 2002. It’s at 400 metres’ altitude, a 40% incline and faces south on white marl and limestone. It’s usually harvested a week to 10 days after the Côte de Nuits. There’s 30% new oak. There’s always good maturity, courtesy of the slope and exposition. Estimated 2021-2028 (Not Tasted)
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Domaine Thibault Liger-Belair

Domaine Thibault Liger-Belair

Thibault Liger-Belair is cousin to Vicomte Liger Belair of Vosne Romanée. In 2001 he took over an old family property in Nuits St Georges, taking back the vines which had been contracted out to various share croppers, and leased a cuverie just down the road. The family jewels (his branch) consist of Richebourg, Clos de Vougeot and Nuits St Georges Les St Georges, to which he has added further vineyards and a few additional cuvées made from purchased grapes.

The vines are now certified organic and farmed biodynamically, with horses used to plough the vineyards where possible. The grapes are rigorously sorted on a table de tri, then destalked and fermented without much punching down or pumping over.  They will be racked once during the elevage, but Thibault is not afraid of reductive flavours at this stage which, he feels, adds to the eventual substance and complexity of the wine. The oak regime is not to exceed 50% new barrels but also not to use any barrels more than three years old. The natural style of Thibault’s wines is plump and full-bodied, though the benefits of his farming methods seem to be bringing a more mineral aspect to the fruit as well.

The natural style of Thibault’s wines is plump and full-bodied, though the benefits of his farming methods seem to be bringing a more mineral aspect to the fruit as well.

Jasper Morris MW, Burgundy Wine Director and author of the award-winning Inside Burgundy comprehensive handbook.

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Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir is probably the most frustrating, and at times infuriating, wine grape in the world. However when it is successful, it can produce some of the most sublime wines known to man. This thin-skinned grape which grows in small, tight bunches performs well on well-drained, deepish limestone based subsoils as are found on Burgundy's Côte d'Or.

Pinot Noir is more susceptible than other varieties to over cropping - concentration and varietal character disappear rapidly if yields are excessive and yields as little as 25hl/ha are the norm for some climats of the Côte d`Or.

Because of the thinness of the skins, Pinot Noir wines are lighter in colour, body and tannins. However the best wines have grip, complexity and an intensity of fruit seldom found in wine from other grapes. Young Pinot Noir can smell almost sweet, redolent with freshly crushed raspberries, cherries and redcurrants. When mature, the best wines develop a sensuous, silky mouth feel with the fruit flavours deepening and gamey "sous-bois" nuances emerging.

The best examples are still found in Burgundy, although Pinot Noir`s key role in Champagne should not be forgotten. It is grown throughout the world with notable success in the Carneros and Russian River Valley districts of California, and the Martinborough and Central Otago regions of New Zealand.

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Reviews

Customer reviews

Neal Martin, Vinous86-88/100
Jasper Morris MW85-88/100

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Neal Martin, Vinous86-88/100
The 2019 Bourgognes Hautes-Côtes de Nuits Clos du Prieuré, from the west side of Nuits Saint-Georges, has a taut nose that disguises the high alcohol (over 14.0°). The palate is very promising, offering dark berry fruit, good substance and candied orange peel toward the finish. The aromatics just have to open up by the time of bottling.
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Jasper Morris MW85-88/100
Grown on a 40% south-facing slope on white marl, 40% whole bunch. Light reduction. This proved to be the highest alcohol of the domaine wines at 14.2% though from the Hautes Côtes and picked in the middle of the harvest. Significant sucrosity, a little bit of spritz, slightly animal. Very hard to judge at the moment. Too lush? But maybe the whole bunch cleans it up at the finish.
Jasper Morris MW, insideburgundy.com (December 2020) Read more