"Here there is very good freshness to the cool and airy nose of essence of plum, earth, spice and a background application of wood. The lilting and lacy middle weight flavors possess a subtle underlying tension while the ever-so-slightly warm finish is shaped by very fine-grained tannins. This is an exercise in finesse as it is more refined than usual." -Allen Meadows
"The 2018 Gevrey-Chambertin Aux Combottes 1er Cru includes one-third whole bunch. It has an intense, detailed bouquet of red currant, touches of iodine and pressed iris aromas gaining intensity with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannins and beautifully judged acidity. So harmonious and silky in texture that you almost do not notice the persistence on the finish. Wonderful." -Vinous
"One of the most explosive wines in the range is the 2018 Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Aux Combottes, a beautiful bottling that soars from the glass with scents of orange rind, sweet wild berries, licorice and soil tones. Medium to full-bodied, succulent and supple, it's ample and enveloping, caressing the palate with its generous core of concentrated fruit and its exquisitely refined tannins. Laurent Lignier has once again produced a fine vintage for both his domaine holdings and négociant sources—the latter, amounting to some 3.5 hectares of vines, now clearly distinguished in our reviews. As readers will know, winemaking is pretty classical at this address, with a short cold maceration, two to three weeks' maceration with one pigéage and one rémontage per day, and maturation in barrels, some third of which are new—if possible, without racking—for fully 22 months. Lignier began picking on September 4 and finished eight days later, reporting finished alcohols which, with only a couple of exceptions, are below 14%. The two pieces of news are the Lignier is now certified organic since May 2019, and that he is producing a new cuvée of Clos de la Roche, the story of which is told in the accompanying tasting notes." -Robert Parker
"If you can judge the quality of a Premier Cru by its neighbours then Aux Combottes, flanked by Latricières-Chambertin and Clos de la Roche, is one of the best in Burgundy. This is a wonderful expression of the terroir from Laurent Lignier, showing the freshness and perfume that are its hallmarks, even in warmer vintages. The oak frames the wine to perfection here."