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Domaine Thibault Liger Belair Clos Vougeot Grand Cru 2018

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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.

A slight touch of reduction is present on the nose, but the palate is well-structured and strict and linear with good freshness.

93 Points - Vinous

The 2018 Clos Vougeot Grand Cru contains 40% whole cluster from the oldest parts of the vineyard, the younger vines de-stemmed. Apparently it struggled to complete its alcoholic fermentation and had to be transferred back into barrel, where it finally finished in June 2019. It has an intriguing bouquet with brown spices and black pepper infusing the vibrant red fruit that leaps from the nose. The palate is well balanced with fine, saturated tannins. The whole bunch is very well assimilated and lends complexity and precision on the finish. Superb.

93 Points - Decanter

The 2018 Clos de Vougeot shows a bit of the heat and the concentration of the year: the harvest was nearly 20% down on 2017. Liger-Belair used the same techniques in the winery: 30% whole clusters, a three-week cuvaison, and aging over two winters in cask, half new. The result, however, is even darker and concentrated than the previous year – one might say almost slightly porty. Impressive if a bit monolithic with its super-ripe black fruits, yet there is still enough balance that it should be lovely with time.