Domaine Lignier-Michelot Vieilles Vignes, Morey-St-Denis
The fruit for this vieilles vignes (old vines) blend is sourced from three Morey-Saint-Denis lieux-dits. Half the fruit comes from Les Cognées and quarter from each of Très Girard and Les Chenevery, all on the eastern side of Morey-St-Denis. The old vines have been planted in 1946, 1948, 1950s and 1980s. The wine is made with about three-quarters whole bunch and a short duration of cold maceration and fermented with indigenous yeasts. After that, the wine is aged for a year in oak 30% new oak barrels.
(from vines in Les Chenevery, Très Girard and Les Cognées, the latter site on the other side of the Route Nationale; 80% vendange entier; also harvested after the rain): Higher-pitched on the nose than the Rue de Vergy, offering scents of kirsch, violet and minerals. Juicier in the mouth too, displaying good penetration but modest flesh to its black fruit and violet flavors. The slightly drying finish hints at bitter chocolate.
(87-90) points, Vinous (January 2017)
The 2015 Morey St Denis Vieilles Vignes comes from three parcels including Très Girard and the village section of Chenevery, including 80% whole bunch grapes. It has an intriguing bouquet with more black fruit than red, dried rose petals plus hints of blue fruit developing in the glass, although it remains tightly wound for now. The palate is very fresh on the entry with impressive depth. I appreciate the vibrancy here, the energy flowing through the finish, with sappy red and black fruit emerging on the spicy, vivacious finish. Afford this 3-4 years in the cellar and you will have yourself a splendid Morey-Saint-Denis. This is excellent.
(91-93) points, Wine Advocate (December 2016)
Very rich and opulent – why not since it’s so clean. Even at the end of a long day’s tasting, I actually found this difficult to spit out. Super-clean. GV
17.5 points, JancisRobinson.com (October 2017)
Sitting between Gevrey-Chambertin and Chambolle-Musigny, this little appellation can sometimes get a little lost in between. Although, not because of their quality - the wines are a perfect bridge between Gevrey-Chambertin (for structure and tannins) and Chambolle-Musigny (with elegance and velvetiness).
The appellation contains 4 main Grand Crus (5 if you include a small portion of Bonnes Mares which it shares with Chambolle-Musigny) including the Clos de la Roche.
The wines of Morey-Saint-Denis join the soft delicacy of Chambolle, its neighbor to the south, with the power and structure of Gevrey Chambertin, to the north. They are rather deeply coloured, with a powerful bouquet of small red and black fruits (pin cherry, blackcurrant). The crus of Morey-Saint-Denis are more complex, with woodsy, spicy, and animal aromas. They are full bodied and fleshy, often with a very long finish.