Lignier-Michelot

Morey-Saint-Denis 1er Les Faconnières

2018
Morey-Saint-Denis
Burgundy
France
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Varietal
Pinot Noir
$155
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GRAPE(S)
Pinot Noir
Burgundy, France
GRAPE VARIETAL(S)
Pinot Noir
100% Pee-NO NWAR
Pinot Noir is arguably the most revered grape variety in the world with origins in Burgundy, France where the best expressions can still be found. Pinot Noir is not only a tough grape to grow, it also shows miniscule differences in terroir arguably more than any other grape variety. Stylistically, it is generally higher in acid and lower in tannin but can vary depending on the location, and winemaking technique. It is very versatile with food, and shows a range of flavor from red and black fruit, floral, spice, earth, and mineral qualities.
Country / State
France
Region
Burgundy
Sub Region
Morey-Saint-Denis
Producer
Lignier-Michelot
Vintage
2018
Lignier-Michelot Family PortraitLignier-Michelot Family Portrait

Lignier-Michelot

Burgundy, France

Virgile Lignier is the fourth generation to preside over this venerable 10 hectare estate, joining his father in 1998 and then taking the reins in 2000.  The estate is located in Morey-St-Denis in Burgundy’s Côte-d’Or, where his focus is almost solely on the cultivation of Pinot Noir in the Côte-de-Nuits. 

Virgil Lignier-MichelotVirgil Lignier-Michelot
Harvest at Domaine Lignier MichelotHarvest at Domaine Lignier Michelot

The Lignier-Michelot estate is farmed organically and biodynamically, with all work in the vineyards governed by the lunar cycle.  Virgile adheres to Henry Jayer’s counsel to focus on nurturing and harvesting the finest fruit possible, which yields the best possible wine. 

Virgile uses strictly the best fruit and then employs a short, 5-day cool maceration, followed by fermentation over indigenous yeasts, sometimes using whole cluster fermentation. The resulting wines show intensity, structure, and flavor delineation at fair prices, given the pedigree of the wines and the out-of-control prices of some burgundy estates.