Why Big Red Diary?
8 notes


2004 Liger-Belair Thibault, Chambolle-Musigny Les FuéesAug. 2010
A négoce wine. The last time I had this there was a strong vintage character and here it is today too – a little stronger than the Perrot-Minot, let’s say at a 7/10 intensity. In the mouth there seems to be both a good balance and good freshness, in particular there seems to be a very engaging mid-palate energy and a creamy extra dimension to the fruit. That part is very impressive, but it’s vintage character shows all the way to the finish…
2005 Liger-Belair Thibault, Chambolle-Musigny Les FuéesAug. 2010
Medium-plus colour. Deep, rich, dark red fruit aromas – almost cordial. Intense, quite some blocky extract. There’s a linear intensity through the centre of this wine – it doesn’t narrow or widen, it goes like a train. The flavour has some of the dark mineral flavour of the Jadots, it’s also very long. Today this is a little tight, austere and far from seamless but it is far from lacking material. Return in 10 years.
2006 Liger-Belair Thibault, Hautes Côtes de Nuits Le Clos du PrieuréApr. 2009
Lots of barrel toast on the nose, quite hard to get at what’s below. Ripe, with good width and a nice acid/tannin balance. Sweet and oaky – which isn’t my preference, but there’s no doubt that it’s a very tasty beverage.
2004 Liger-Belair Thibault, Nuits St.Georges Les PorretsApr. 2009
Medium colour. High toned, slightly estery aromas, whilst not obviously a 2004 to start with, there is a little some element slowly showing itself. Nice mouth-feel and some high-toned fruit. Overall this has a very good balance and is actually quite nice.
2004 Liger-Belair Thibault, Nuits St.Georges Les St.GeorgesApr. 2009
Medium colour. Faint 2004 aromas before red berries reveal themselves. This doesn’t come across as powerful, rather very complex and interesting. Not at all masculine, rather nice.
2006 Liger-Belair Thibault, Nuits St.Georges Les St.GeorgesApr. 2009
Medium-plus colour. No real impact from the nose, but there is nice, understated complexity that doesn’t seem at all barrel-derived. Very fine grain to the tannin and is set against lovely fruit. The finish is long with some barrel influence. Rather good and currently quite drinkable.
2004 Liger-Belair Thibault, Chambolle-Musigny Les FuéesApr. 2009
There’s plenty of 2004 about this nose but there’s also good, mainly high-toned red fruit too – it’s very pretty. Plenty of tannin that shows some astringency but a good length – a bit of 04 flavour too. This is currently drinking, but compromised.
2005 Liger-Belair Thibault, Hautes Côtes de Nuits La Corvée de VillyJul. 2008
Medium, medium-plus cherry red colour. The nose starts with quite a dose of high toast oak, but over an hour this moves more into the background to show a little bacon and slight reduction – even after a couple of hours I didn’t get to the fruit. In the mouth it’s ripe and sweet and the oak is very much in the background. Medium-bodied with largely hidden tannins and very nice acidity. The length is excellent and far from woody. Despite the oak style being my least favourite and the nose missing a little dimension, this is a delicious wine that’s very pinot.
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