Domaine Thibault Liger-Belair Chambolle Musigny 2018
1 or more bottles$220.00
Jancis Robinson16.5 points
For more than two decades, Thibault Liger-Belair has been following organic and biodynamic practices. He believes that winemaking starts not with the fruit, but with the soil. “We all talk about terroir, but my focus is on the soil and putting what it needs first,” Thibaut explains. His wines are pure, focused and desirable.
The fruit here is from three of Thibault’s village vineyards – Fremières, Gamaires and Mal Carrées – all planted between 1954 and 1962. There is 40% whole-bunch and the wine is quite tight and assertive for a Chambolle. A real success in this vintage. Drink 2021-2028.
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- Red Fruits
- Red Cherry
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Jancis Robinson MW16.5
"Mid cherry red. Plenty of sweet oak spice on the nose. On the palate, oak shows too but the juicy escapes around the edges in a perfumed cloud of fruit. Deep in fruit but fresh to the long finish. (JH)"
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Wine is being produced throughout France and has been done for over 2,500 years with certain Châteaux dating their history back to Roman times, around 6th Century BC. Ranking second in the world in per-capita consumption and first in total production quantity. More so than the overall quantity of wine is the quantity of truly great wines coming out of France makes the nation the envy of wine-making nations worldwide.
Two concepts pivotal to the higher end French wines, in particular, are the idea of 'terroir' and the Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée (AOC) system. Terroir refers to the way the geography, geology and climate find their way into the glass, telling a story of the origin of the wine. The AOC was set up in 1935 and has the primary goal of protecting the authenticity of the wines and the livelihoods of the producers. Appellation rules strictly define which varieties of grapes and winemaking practices are approved for classification in each of France's several hundred geographically defined appellations, which can cover entire regions, individual villages or in some cases, like in Burgundy even specific vineyards.
Classic wine regions in France include Champagne (home of Champagne), Burgundy (Pinot Noir and Chardonnay), Bordeaux (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec, Petit Verdot), Alsace (Aromatic varietals), Loire Valley (Chenin Blanc, Crémant) and the Rhône Valley (Syrah, Grenache Mourvedre)
The Bordeaux classification of 1855 is still in use, as is the Sauternes and Barsac Classification of the same year. Wines from certain regions can be bought En Primeur, which is when the wine is sold prior to it being bottled.
Burgundy is undoubtedly the home of the finest Pinot Noir and Chardonnays in the world, where vineyards, or Domaines have been producing wines for over 2000 years. Burgundy is located in the North-east of France, an hours drive from Lyon and 2 hours from Paris. With over 100 appellations, or sub-regions (more than any other wine region) Burgundy is known for being the most terroir-oriented region in the World. The finest red wines of Burgundy are found in the Côte d'Or, a string of villages including Côte de Nuits, Gevrey-Chambertin, Morey St Denis, Chambolle-Musigny, Vougeot, Vosne-Romanée and Nuits-St Georges.
There are flavours present in great Burgundys that are the envy of Pinot Noir producers worldwide. The elusive peacocks tail finish that goes on and on, and the pretty-elegance backed by Burgundy muscle is the goal of winemakers around the globe. The main levels in the Burgundy classifications, in descending order of quality, are: Grand crus, Premier crus, village appellations, and finally regional appellations. For the Chablis wines, a similar hierarchy of Grand Cru, Premier Cru and Village wines is used, plus Petit Chablis as a level below Village Chablis.
Chambolle-Musigny, a small village located in the Côte de Nuits region of Burgundy, France, is home to some of the most elegant and refined Pinot Noir wines in the world. This picturesque village is particularly famous for its two Grand Cru appellations – Bonnes-Mares and Musigny – as well as its celebrated Premier Cru, Les Amoureuses. In fact, Chambolle-Musigny was one of the first vineyards in France to receive its appellation d'origine contrôlée (AOC) designation in September 1936.
The wines produced in Chambolle-Musigny are known for their bright-ruby color, subtle aromas, and elegant character. On the nose, one can detect notes of violet and red fruits, such as strawberry and raspberry. With age, the wines can develop more complex aromas of prune, ripe fruit, underbrush, and truffle, among others. The subtle and delicate flavor profile of Chambolle-Musigny wines is owed in large part to the unique terroir of the region, which includes a mix of clay, limestone, and marl soils, as well as a cool climate that is moderated by the nearby forest.
Chambolle-Musigny is a must-visit destination for wine enthusiasts looking to explore the rich heritage and unparalleled quality of Burgundy wines. Its wines are considered some of the finest examples of Pinot Noir in the world, and their subtle elegance and finesse have earned them a devoted following among wine connoisseurs.
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