Georges Lignier 2018 Burgundy Pre Arrival Offer. Get your order in this week and save 25%

Georges Lignier 2018 Burgundy Pre Arrival Offer. Get your order in this week and save 25%

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Domaine Georges Lignier 2018 Red Burgundies. 
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Domaine Georges Lignier has some of the most enviable Grand Cru sites in Burgundy with significant holdings in Clos de la Roche, Clos St Denis and Bonnes Mares. Based in the village of Morey St Denis, the domaine is today run by the ever-thoughtful Benoit Stehly, the great grandson of Georges Lignier, who has been in charge of the property since 2007.

They say all good things take time. Benoit Stehly, the nephew of Georges, has has refined and developed his own style which is more about freshness, aromatics and complexity rather than extraction and heavy oak handling.

In a warmer vintage like 2018, Benoit looked to the methods he took in 2015 to best deal with the heat. He has thrown out the rule book of picking 100 days after flowering, knowing that in vintages like these the grapes ripen much quicker. He was one of the first out in the Morey St Denis vineyards beginning to pick from the 5th September, with all the grapes in within 10 days, starting with his Grand Crus and ending with his coolest Village sites.This reflects Benoit's honest approach to his viticulture, his confidence to experiment and his continual strive towards creating "thought-provoking" rather than "perfect" wines.
Today we present the full range of wines from 2018. Instead of the usual 15% Pre Arrival Discount we offer the wines at an early bird 25% Pre Arrival Discount. There are some big savings to be had on these popular wines if you get your order in this week.
Reviews: We have added the reviews currently available. Tim Atkin MW has published some scores but the full reviews are yet to be published.
Clos de la Roche Grand Cru 2018
750ml Landed Price $527.00
Normal Pre Arrival Price $448.00
Special this week $396.00
1500ml MAGNUM Landed Price $1065.00
Normal Pre Arrival Price $905.00
Special this week $799.00
 
Lignier Roche Label
The 55-year old vines in the 4 parcels owned by the Domaine Georges Lignier cover a surface of 1.05 hectare, an impressive holding of vines in this most prestigious of Grand Crus where the vines rest on a slim topsoil that sits on profound bedrock, conditions that produce perfect drainage and a setting that is ideal for creating a wine of depth, power and impressive length ... and formidable ageability.

Tim Atkin MW:
94 Points

Jancis Robinson: Cask sample. Very concentrated and introverted on the nose. Peppery spice. A touch of bitter olive character too. Entirely embryonic, yet there was a bit more promise in their Clos St-Denis, for me.
 
17.5/20
Gavin Smith: 
Deep nose of blueberry and purple fruit, savoury herbs and spice. Tightly wound and intense, the palate shows a hint of dark chocolate, oak, dark cherry and red fruits. A chunky personality, touch of pepper on the finish and good length. So much potential here.
Clos-St-Denis Grand Cru 2018
750ml Landed Price $420.50
Normal Pre Arrival Price $357.50
Special this week $315.50
1500ml MAGNUM Landed Price $850.00
Normal Pre Arrival Price $723.00
Special this week $628.00

Lignier Clos-St-Denis label
At 1.4 hectares, the domaine is the largest single proprietor of this great vineyard (total of 6.6 hectares in size), which is slightly elevated on the slope compared to its immediate neighbors. This setting receives a more significant downdraft of air from above which keeps the vines cooler and yields a wine of exceptional elegance and balance. The Georges Lignier vines cover two parcels, with vines in one planted 70 years ago, and the vines in the other parcel planted 50 years ago. Benoit Stehly renders a supremely fine example of the complex character of this renowned vineyard which has feline grace to its presence that is seductive and alluring.

Jancis Robinson: Cask sample. Compact and blocky in structure, as if pixellated at present and needs time to gain resolution. That's entirely forgivable for a grand cru, and the underlying fruit has a tarry savoury character that bodes well. Patience needed. 17.5++/20

Gavin Smith: Vines between 60 and 70 years old - powerful red fruits with fresh peppery notes and minerality on the nose. Superbly balanced tannins with a light sweetness, an expansive palate of dark berries and cherries opening to a long and elegant acidity, which amplifies the minerality of the terroir. Dry and powerful, the spine of this Clos St Denis provides amazing structure and exciting length on the finish. Will age incredibly well. 
Bonnes-Mares Grand Cru 2018
750ml Landed Price $656.00
Normal Pre Arrival Price $558.00
Special this week $492.00
1500ml MAGNUM Landed Price $1323.00
Normal Pre Arrival Price $1125.00
Special this week $992.00

Lignier Bonnes-Mares Label
The estate is fortunate to have a jewel of a parcel (slightly more than a quarter-hectare in size) in the great Bonnes Mares, on the eastern edge of the lieu-dit starting on the Chambolle side and edging into Morey. The vines were planted in 1920 and the concentration produced by these very old vines is evident in the powerful aromas that jump out of the glass. Again, expect a wine of ultimate finesse, a style favored by this domaine, which captures the essence of the complex, challenging, and ultimately satisfyingly poetic character that blesses the finest wines of this extraordinary viticultural region.

Tim Atkin MW: 95 Points
Jancis Robinson: ask sample. Pure redcurrant and cherry fruit, a little dark chocolate and black olive emerging already, and well-integrated sweet oak spice for contrast. Intense and lengthy but nowhere near ready. 17.5+/20

Gavin Smith: Grown exclusively on the red limestone soil (Morey-side) of Bonnes Mares rich in iron, from 100 year old vines. A captivating nose of mandarin, touches of spice and a broad spectrum of red and dark berry fruits. A core of red cherry and raspberry on the palate, mouth-watering acidity balanced by sensuous tannins. Structured yet elegant with an intense fresh berry finish. Outstanding.
Morey-St-Denis 1er Cru Clos des Ormes 2018
750ml Landed Price $167.50
Normal Pre Arrival Price $142.50
Special this week $125.50
1500ml MAGNUM Landed Price $344.95
Normal Pre Arrival Price $292.95
Special this week $258.50

Lignier Georges Ormes Label
Lignier owns a full 2 hectares out of the 4 hectares that comprises the "Clos des Ormes", making this estate by far the largest holder.  Interestingly, the Lignier holdings here are amongst the "youngest" of the domaine as the average age is 45 years!

Jancis Robinson:  Cask sample. Red fruit and cola on the nose, with plenty of oak spice in the mix too. Highly tannic and stocky in structure. Not the most powerful example of fruit intensity, but enough to open up and reveal hidden depths.17+/20
Gavin Smith: Benoit calls this his baby Clos de la Roche, sitting directly below the Grand Cru vineyard and sharing the darker spice, brooding fruit and complex perfumes of orange bitters and sweet herb notes alongside rich plush blackberry fruit. This is a very serious gourmand style of Burgundy that is built to age and will develop beautifully in bottle over the next decade.
Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Les Combottes 2018
750ml Landed Price $203.50
Normal Pre Arrival Price $249.50
Special this week $219.95

Lignier Combottes Label 96
A single 0.41 hectare parcel which offers a depth and complexity that speaks of the Grand Crus virtually encircling this prime vineyard site. The vines are between 55 and 60 years of age.

Jancis Robinson: Cask sample. Sweet spices, black cherry, fine tannins, bright acid and a charming farmy sort of character in the background. Perfectly clean, just showing a sort of earthy terroir that is entirely fitting. 
17.5/20
Gavin Smith: Surrounded completely by Grand Crus, this has a lovely elegance and sweetness on the nose, the intensity and generous character of top Gevrey and a really wonderful balance. Red fruits, raspberry, a touch of juniper, pepper, silky tannins that are already so soft and integrated. Mulberry and macerated raspberry on the finish. Great length and freshness. This is serious.

Morey-St-Denis 1er Cru 2018
750ml Landed Price $151.50
Normal Pre Arrival Price $128.95
Special this week $113.50

Lignier morey 1er label
Quite a new cuvée comprising four parcels: Les Sorbès, Les Gruenchers, Les Millandes and Les Faconnières. Benoit used to sell this in bulk or put the fruit into village wines. But small harvests have pushed him to make the wine on its own. And what a beauty it is - more supple than Clos des Ormes. Not to mention serious value.

Gavin Smith: Bright translucent purple colour with perfumed notes of violets, wild flowers and red berries. The palate has a lovely spectrum of fruit from vibrant crunchy blackberry fruit to more candied red cherry and cassis. This interplays with a more Morey-esque savoury tone of fresh soil, hints of sage and bay providing more refreshing earthiness to offset the ripe fruit. The tannins are beautifully integrated and very fine, well balanced with refreshing crunchy acids.

Chambolle-Musigny 2018
750ml Landed Price $163.95
Normal Pre Arrival Price $139.50
Special this week $122.95

Lignier Chambolle labelFrom prime 0.71ha parcel of 70-year vines that cuts across the Les Drazey and Les Bussieres vineyards just below the 1er Cru "Les Sentiers". The finesse of this wine speaks of the Chambolle pedigree, though its ideal location and ancient vines produce a depth that elevates it to a level beyond what one would expect from a Villages.

Jancis Robinson: Cask sample. Much better fruit clarity than their village Gevrey-Chambertin, with a snappy liquorice complexity on the finish. Not quite austere, but certainly savoury. Bound to mellow with time. Convincing. 
17+/20
Gavin Smith: The oldest vines dating back to the 1930s gives this village wine plenty of personality coming from two plots north of the Chambolle village whose soils are rich in iron. The wine has wild floral aromas and light mineral ferric notes with silk-like melted tannins. The purity of fruit on the palate is fantastic with great mid palate weight and expansive breadth. This is excellent quality for village level.

To view these and the full range of 2018 Georges Lignier Burgundies on our website click here. You may also order by email to tracey@grandmillesime.com.au or by telephone (03) 9326 5737. 

Cheers,
Darren

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Georges Lignier Back Vintages
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Clos des Lambrays 1998-2016 Grand Cru Dinner. Wednesday 4 March 2020 at Ryne
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Ten Vintages of Clos des Lambrays going back over 20 Years
 
Clos des Lambrays has an illustrious past. It first appears in a property certificate by Cîteaux Abbey in February 1365, named as "Cloux des Lambrey". The Abbey used to own many vineyards around the villages of Gilly and Vougeot as well as in the rest of the Côtes and their role in designating the terroirs of Burgundy is of immeasurable importance. During the middle ages Citeaux and its Abbey provided the heartbeat of Bourgogne's influence and prestige.
 
The origin and the meaning of the name Lambrays is unsure. Some say that archivists have found evidence of the existence of a family named Lambreys as early as the 13th century. Above all, Lambrays is the name of the eponymous plot of vines, located at the heart of the current Clos. The unique name of Lambrays is used for the whole of the property. On an 1879 map, the plot is mentioned as the "Pièce des Lambrays". The very first labels with the name Lambrays date back to the end of the 19th century. Since 1938 at least, the expression "Clos des Lambrays" has been used permanently.
 
Following the French Revolution, the Clos des Lambrays as we know it today, started to be divided. In the mid 19th century, there are more than 70 different owners! Over the years the vineyard has been pieced back together and today there are only two owners. The vineyard is 8.84 hectares in size. Of this the Domaine des Lambrays own 8.66 hectares. The tiny remaining parcel of 0.18 hectares parcel belongs to Domaine Taupenot-Merme.
 
The property was ranked as a "première cuvée" in the 19th century, but when Burgundy's appellations were created in the 1930s, the vineyard had fallen on hard times and it was not granted Grand Cru status. (Both Clos de la Roche and Clos Saint-Denis in Morey-Saint-Denis obtained Grand Cru status in 1936, with Clos de Tart following in 1939.) When Renée Cosson purchased the Domaine des Lambrays in 1938 from Albert Rodier, the grandson of Albert-Sebastien, the new owner did not seek Grand Cru status since that would have resulted in higher taxes. Subsequently, Cosson-and her son Henri during the 1970s-for the most part neglected the estate during their 40+ years of ownership. Although some outstanding wines were made during Cosson's ownership, such as the '37 and the '45, the vineyard was in disarray by the end of their tenure as many dying vines had not been replanted. Some vintages in the 1970s were not even bottled. By then, the locals commonly referred to the property as Clos Délabré (dilapidated). Never-the-less, in 1981 the vineyard was elevated to Grand Cru status.
 
I have had the pleasure of drinking some magnificent bottles from the 1930's, 1940's and 1950's. But for a Grand Cru vineyard (which is almost a monopole) the wines of the 1960's and 1970's simply weren't up to scratch. At the end of the 1990's the domaine showed signs of a resurgence which has continued from that time. In the 1980's a program of replanting commenced to replace vineyards were replanted and a huge number of changes were made in the vineyards and winery.
 
The recent sale of the domaine to the Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy group for around 80 million Euros has no doubt seen an injection of capital that will surely see the domaine retain its lofty position of yesteryear. However, considering the amount of Clos des Lambrays produced each year it is a gigantic investment.
 
Clos des Lambrays is the steepest of the Morey Grand Crus. What many do not know is that the vineyard has three climats, each bringing a different character to the final assemblage. The soil contains many rocks and is rich in iron oxide which explains the elegant, blue fruit and mineral style of the vineyard. Thierry Brouhin, responsible for the rise of the domaine, was engaged for a few years and has produced the outstanding 2014, 2015 and 2016 Clos des Lambrays Grand Cru. They are arguably the finest Clos des Lambrays of the last 50 years.
 
The resurgence of the vineyard, and the fact that for a Grand Cru that is all but a monopole prices are for the moment reasonable, has prompted me to put together a very special dinner.
 
I have long been a fan of the vineyard and my personal cellar contains a good run of vintages from the start of domaine's recent rise.  I've assembled a lineup of these and combined them with the three most recent vintages to create this Grand Cru event.
 
The dinner will be at Ryne on Wednesday 4 March, 7.30pm start. There are nine seats including myself so we all enjoy a decent pour of the wines. Needless to say Grand Cru tastings are far from the norm these days and this dinner provides a not-to-be-missed opportunity to taste 10 vintages of Domaine des Lambrays Clos des Lambrays spanning 1998 to 2016.
 
The wine list:
 
Champagne on arrival
 
Domaine des Lambrays Clos des Lambrays 1998
Domaine des Lambrays Clos des Lambrays 1999
Domaine des Lambrays Clos des Lambrays 2000
Domaine des Lambrays Clos des Lambrays 2001
Domaine des Lambrays Clos des Lambrays 2002
Domaine des Lambrays Clos des Lambrays 2003
Domaine des Lambrays Clos des Lambrays 2005
 
Domaine des Lambrays Clos des Lambrays 2014
Domaine des Lambrays Clos des Lambrays 2015
Domaine des Lambrays Clos des Lambrays 2016
 
Something sweet
 
Date: Wednesday 4 March 2020
Time: 7.30pm
Venue: Ryne, 203 St Georges Rd, Fitzroy North 3065
Cost: $595.00 per person

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