The Liger-Belair surname carries some serious weight in Burgundy: The comte (count) Louis Liger-Belair was a Napoleonic General who acquired the Chateau de Vosne in 1815, and the family went on to amass an incredible collection of Burgundy’s best vineyards, including “La Romanee” and “La Tache.” More than a century later, in 1933, complicated inheritance laws forced the family to sell their vineyards at auction, although some were re-acquired by future generations. That was the point at which Thibault Liger-Belair’s forebears went their own way, focusing on vineyards primarily in Nuits-Saint-Georges.
This tiny-production Chambolle, a focused and elegant beauty with highly perfumed red and black cherry notes leading the charge, hails from five different lieu-dit parcels in the village, “Bourniques” (near Musigny Grand Cru), “Fremieres,” and “Gamaires.” Vinified using 40% whole grape clusters and aged 18 months in 30% new oak, this is a beautifully precise, high-toned wine that captures the ethereal essence of Chambolle-Musigny. Lay it down for a while for best result!
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