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Domaine Lignier-Michelot, Clos de la Roche Grand Cru, 2016


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L-M has a mix of old and younger vines in this Grand Cru -- some on slopes so steep that he must use a horse for ploughing -- plus he supplements with grapes purchased from a friend. This is trademark Lignier-Michelot except at the Grand Cru level!


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Professional Reviews


BH 93 January 2019
"An exuberantly spicy and sauvage-inflected nose of plum and various dark berries is trimmed in just enough wood to notice. There is almost painful intensity to the muscular big-bodied flavors that brim with sappy dry extract that pushes the very firm but not hard tannins to the background on the structured and impeccably well-balanced if noticeably austere finale. Patience is again definitely advised." -Allen Meadows

Antonio Galloni

AG 92 January 2018
"30% new oak, or roughly the same percentage as all of the 2015 crus here): Bright dark red. Very sexy, subtly complex scents of dark raspberry, black cherry, licorice, coffee and mocha, with suggestions of liqueur-like ripeness. Densely packed and thick, with subtle sweetness supported by ripe acidity. Quite juicy and savory in the mouth, then firmly tannic but not dry on the very long, rising back end. The yield here was a normal 42 hectoliters per hectare. This wine struck me as a bit New World in character when I first tasted it from barrel, but today it's clearly communicating its Morey terroir." -Stephen Tanzer

Robert Parker

RP 95-97 December 2017
"The 2016 Clos de la Roche Grand Cru includes 70% whole-bunch fruit with 30% new oak. It has a very exuberant, typical bouquet for this vineyard that goes out of its way to please: copious black cherries, griottes and crushed violet aromas all demanding attention. The palate is sweet and supple on the entry with saturated tannin counterbalanced by a fine bead of acidity, harmonious and linear at first, then fanning out on the second half with lightly peppered black fruit. There is a very long aftertaste here and you can sense the presence of this wine 45 to 60 seconds after it has departed." -Neal Martin


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    Drink with Fish

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  • Body

    Medium Bodied