The Lignier-Michelot Vieilles Vignes Chambolle-Musigny is a bit of a miracle. In 2016, Burgundy got straight molested by weather. Frost, hail, and mildew all showed up at awkward times and threatened the years haul. However, Lignier-Michelot was lucky compared to most. For four generations they’ve been working vineyards in Morey-Saint-Denis, Chambolle-Musigny, Clos de la Roche, and Gevrey-Chambertin. Consequently, they’ve had time to develop a deep knowledge of Burgundies weather vagaries. Morey-Saint-Denis made it through the weather pretty well, with yields just slightly below normal. Unfortunately Chambolle-Musigny got trashed…except for Lignier-Michelot’s tiny 1.5 hectares of vines! They employ organic viticulture methods and good husbandry practices. In addition, they’ve increased the use of whole bunch vinification and lowered the amount of new oak, which has evolved the style of this Pinot Noir. As a result, this wine turned out exceptionally well.

Tasting note: Stephen Tanzer over at Vinous had this to say about this wine…”medium red. Smoky red and darker berries, mocha and spices on the nose; a Morey style of Chambolle. Plump, supple, ripe wine with a slightly rustic leathery quality but good vinosity. Finishes with smooth tannins and a hint of iodiney minerality. This wine was made almost entirely via infusion (i.e., with little or no pigeage), noted Lignier.”

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