In 2020, A&B made some super-exciting new signings, but we sense that Lignier-Michelot could be the most significant of all. These are some of most pure and utterly delicious Côte de Nuits Pinot Noirs that we’ve experienced in a very long while. An outstanding 2019 cellar.

Virgile Lignier is a supremely confident winemaker at the peak of his career, his latest releases ooze such class across the range.

“2019 is not a big vintage, quantity-wise. But I am super happy with the balance. I picked very quickly to keep freshness. Not too ripe, not too much black fruit. For me, the key is to make a good blend with whole bunch. Maybe this will change with time but for me, right now, 2019 is something of a blend of 2010 and 2002, the latter because of the accessibility of the wines young.” An interesting take on the vintage. Of course, his Clos de la Roche and Charmes Chambertin (Mazoyères) had the finest cashmere tannins and such pedigree that only Grand Crus of stature can provide. His awesome 1er Crus thrilled us. But it is his quartet of outperforming village cuvées – wines of compelling quality – that really stunned us; Morey VV and Rue de Vergy (above Clos de Tart), a Chambolle VV (below Bonnes Mares!) and a Gevrey village from Seuvrees. Affordable and velvet-smooth village offerings, that deliver luxuriant elegance which you hope for (but, sadly, don’t always get) when you buy Pinot at this level.

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