La Romanee Grand Cru Comte Liger Belair 2012

9.900,00

“The 2012 La Romanee Grand Cru is the jewel in the crown … Lying just above Romanee-Conti and just below Aux Reignots, this 0.85-hectare vineyard has rapidly become the Holy Grail for many…  an entrancing bouquet with a sense of delineation and poise the will rivet you to the spot: utterly beguiling scents of small dark cherries, wild strawberry and minerals that are perfectly placed by Bacchus himself. Give it a few minutes in the glass and it reveals gorgeous ripe mango and even marmalade scents to add a little exoticism. The palate is medium-bodied with an intense, penetrating opening of citrus infused, dark berry fruit struck through with life-affirming mineralite and tension. There is huge presence rather than weight in the mouth with enormous persistency on the finish. This is a profound expression of the vintage. – Neal Martin – (98 – 100pts) robertparker.com

 

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LA ROMANÉE, GRAND CRU, MONOPOLE
Surface: 0.8452 hectare (2.088 acres) in Pinot Noir
Age of vines: in 2017, 20% is 102 years old, 50% is 62 years old and 30% is between 22 and 42 years old
Average production: 12 barrels – 3,600 bottles
Soil and subsoil: The reddish-brown surface rests on a bed of Prémeaux limestone on the west side of the parcel. The beige-pink limestones are compact, forming a thin crust, with spots of “Chailles” (nodules of silica, almost like flint) flush with the cross erected in the southwest corner of this Grand Cru, where Les Reignots begins. The eastern part of this particular parcel probably rests on deeper clayey limestone that are formed in plates.
Domaine du Comte Liger-Belair is a very recent wine estate since created at the beginning of the year 2000 by Count Louis-Michel Liger-Belair, agricultural engineer and oenologist, with the aim of taking over the running of those few parcels of vineyards remaining in the hands of the family. But it is in fact a very old estate as it has over 200 years of family tradition at the service of the vines and wines of Burgundy in general and Vosne-Romanée in particular. The Domaine produces 15 cuvees spread over the villages of Vosne-Romanée, Flagey-Echezeaux, Nuits-Saint-Georges and Vougeot.

The 2012 La Romanee Grand Cru is the jewel in the crown and I must confess to spending an evening with friends discussing how we could organize a La Romanee/Romanee-Conti comparative vertical. It will happen one day. Lying just above Romanee-Conti and just below Aux Reignots, this 0.85-hectare vineyard has rapidly become the Holy Grail for many and I have been lucky enough to taste every vintage since its “re-birth” just over ten year ago, when the contract with Bouchard came to an end. The newest release has an entrancing bouquet with a sense of delineation and poise the will rivet you to the spot: utterly beguiling scents of small dark cherries, wild strawberry and minerals that are perfectly placed by Bacchus himself. Give it a few minutes in the glass and it reveals gorgeous ripe mango and even marmalade scents to add a little exoticism. The palate is medium-bodied with an intense, penetrating opening of citrus infused, dark berry fruit struck through with life-affirming mineralite and tension. There is huge presence rather than weight in the mouth with enormous persistency on the finish. This is a profound expression of the vintage. I have been following Louis-Michel Liger-Belair’s wines since he first took the reins of his family domaine just over ten years ago. I remember that back in those first days, he was perhaps quieter and less confident: a young man with the onerous task of re-establishing the historical family name not just within Burgundy, but within the elite produces of this discretely hierarchical region. There are many ways you could go wrong in that task. Running before you can walk, expecting the propitious holdings alone to carry you aloft to glory…ain’t that easy. It would take hard graft, assiduous decisions and a healthy dollop of perseverance and bloody-mindedness. Over the years, Louis-Michel has matured into an assured vigneron, applied his own tenets and successfully installed the domaine within the top tier of growers. Let’s not beat around the bush: these are not wines for those counting the pennies. There is no avoiding the fact that they are expensive and virtually unobtainable on the secondary market. You get an allocation of Comte du Liger-Belair – you have to be either a fool or bankrupt to sell your cache. Curiously, this was the first time that I had actually visited the splendid domaine in the heart of the village of Vosne. It is quite a capacious property that surrounds the courtyard, protected from prying eyes by trees along the front wall. Louis-Michel was standing there in his regulation bright red corduroys that appeared even more iridescent against the morning’s blanket of snow. The property is suffused with a faded, timeworn grandeur, a property with history seeping from every pore, its walls mounted with portraits of the noblesse, a marble bust peering from the upper floor mezzanine. It was here that I tasted through the 2012s, which had not been racked, though Louis-Michel intended to rack those on clay terroirs the following week. “Everything affected the crop,” he told me in typically sanguine fashion. “The lack of wine is due to a bit of frost in May, coulure June, hail and grillure July, a bit of mildew and oidium. The ‘malo’ was later than usual as the winter came early in November. I feel that the wines have shown greater mineralite since 2008 (the year in which the domaine was certified biodynamic.) Yes, the growing season was really hard – the hardest since the beginning. We began the harvest on 23 September. Yields were 40% down, around 24hl/ha. The Vosne Chaumes, Les Suchot, Aux Brulees, Clos des Grandes Vignes, Echezeaux and La Romanee have some whole cluster bunches: a positive selection that we made at the end of the sorting table. But there is no more than around 15%.” This was an exemplary set of wines and yes, given their prices I would not expect them to be anything less. Louis-Michel has certainly honed is crafted, the wines benefitting from the organic and then biodynamic approach in the vineyard, translating the nuances of each propitious climat with style. They remind me of Lalou Bize-Leroy’s wines rather than say, Domaine de la Romanee-Conti, which is the obvious comparison. There are perfumed on the nose, satin-like on the palate, bathed in appropriate levels of top quality new oak, polished for total seduction. (Neal Martin – (98 – 100pts)

 

 

 

 

 

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La Romanee Grand Cru Comte Liger Belair 2012

9.900,00

1 in stock