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2004 Lignier Hubert, Morey St.DenisJul. 2008
Medium, medium-plus colour still with some cherry-red colour. Deep aromatics, with dense darker cherry fruit thats not perfectly fine but has a lovely faint mocha halo. Mouth-filling, well balanced acidity and tannin that comes through on the mid-palate but has already faded before the finish. Actually the finish is rather good with small after-shocks of creamy flavour. Today the mid-palate flavours have a bitter edge that contasts well with the sweet fruit but was just on a little too high level to start – after an hour and with food I’d rather say bitter chocolate – nothing left for tomorrow, very nice.
2000 Lignier Hubert, Chambolle-MusignyAug. 2007
Medium garnet but it still retains more than an edge of cherry-red. The nose impresses with lovely high-toned fruit over a deeper base – it starts with a twist of black, but gets redder and finer all the while – eventually I even find wild strawberry, a common descriptor for pinot, but one that I rarely find. This wine shows an impressive level of concentration to go with its smooth texture. There’s plenty of oak artifacts on the finish – vanilla cream – but it’s very long for a village wine and continues to impress as the glass empties. What differentiates this from other ‘beautifully oaked’ wines is the fresh, complex and compelling ‘Chambolle’ fruit on the nose – devoid of oak. I remember this being relatively expensive, but it’s a wine that I can say I wish I had more of. Smooth and ‘giving’ there’s definitely no rush to drink this.
2000 Lignier Hubert, Chambolle-MusignyJul. 2004
A wine with two faces. Medium plus ruby-red that’s shaded to cherry-red at the rim. The nose is of deep red fruit, cherry and a lovely redcurrant note, slightly over the top vanilla for the first few minutes fading to leave nice oaky notes and faint espresso coffee. The palate is one of those sumptuous, slightly fat, fruit-forward wines, but lovely red fruit and beautifully balanced acidity. The finish shows a creamy, dried red cherry and raisin note – very nice. And the second face? – a grainy oaky texture develops with food – so drink on its own, but it’s worth it.
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