The Lignier-Michelot range attains the heights that Morey-Saint-Denis can achieve courtesy of their Premier Crus and obligatory Clos Saint-Denis and Clos de la Roche cuvées.
— Neal Martin, Vinous, January 2019.
 
This was a very competent set of 2017s from Lignier, where the Clos Saint-Denis steals the crown from his Clos de la Roche and where you would be hard-pressed to find a better Morey-Saint-Denis than his Les Faconnières.
— Neal Martin, Vinous Media, January 2019

The Lignier family have deep roots in the village of Morey Saint Denis and own some of the very best vineyard sites in this village, and also in the 2 neighbouring villages Chambolle Musigny and Gevrey Chambertin. Virgile’s father and grand-father had always produced wine and sold it to negotiants until Virgile started working with his father in the early 1990’s and he decided to sell the wines himself. Now with almost 20 vintages of experience Virgile has moved the domaine to fully organic viticulture and is producing what many believe to be the best wines of this prestigious village. In the last few vintages Virgile has modified his winemaking using whole-bunch vinification ranging from 30-100% depending on the vintage and the vineyard and he has also reduced the percentage of new oak for maturation with most wines seeing around 30% making its effect seamless in the final wines. He has also just completed a new winery that now enables him to work with temperature control and to gain a very gentle extraction of tannins for all his wines. This results in wines showing great energy with remarkable perfume and also beautiful fine tannins and very silky structure. They are wines which are often very seductive at a young age which also clearly have the potential for ageing superbly. This very young domaine is now regarded a mong the very best in the Cotes de Nuits.

“The Lignier-Michelot range attains the heights that Morey-Saint-Denis can achieve courtesy of their Premier Crus and obligatory Clos Saint-Denis and Clos de la Roche cuvées. Virgile Lignier told me that he wanted to commence the harvest on September 9, except that rain meant he had to start the following. “That was the first time I ever began the picking on a Sunday,” he lamented. He matures all his crus in 30% new oak, so it is the terroir rather than the decision of the winemaker that distinguishes one from the other. This was a very competent set of 2017s from Lignier, where the Clos Saint-Denis steals the crown from his Clos de la Roche and where you would be hard-pressed to find a better Morey-Saint-Denis than his Les Faconnières.” Vinous Media, Neal Martin January 2019

‘Virgile Lignier’s take on the 2017 vintage was that “I honestly didn’t know what to make of this vintage at first. Even though we enjoyed a pretty tranquil growing season, yields were more generous than usual and that is despite having a high proportion of older vines and having done plenty of green harvesting. I began picking on the 10th of September and the fruit was ripe and clean; in fact it wasn’t really necessary to sort much save for some berries that hadn’t completely matured. Potential alcohols were good if not high at between 11.9 and 12.8%. While I again did a soft vinification, what I call an infusion, I used a minimum of 50% whole clusters and for some wines it was fully 100%. Right after the vinification when wines were racked into barrel, I really didn’t care for them as I found them a bit simple and lacking in flesh. However, the change in quality between pre and post-malolactic fermentation was absolutely dramatic. The wines became far more complex with more interesting textures and now I really quite like them. It’s true that they don’t have the density and power of the 2015s or the 2016s but they are actually more elegant and if anything, even more transparent to the underlying terroir.” I agree with Lignier that his 2017s are certainly pretty and worthy of your interest.Burghound

2017 Bourgogne Coteau Bourguignon Blanc “cuvee Axelle”
The 2017 Bourgogne Côteaux Bourguignon Blanc Cuvée Axelle, which is 100% Chardonnay, has an attractive, lilting apricot and passion-fruit-tinged bouquet. The palate is well balanced with tropical notes on the entry and slightly waxy in texture. Hints of white chocolate appear toward the finish. Recommended. (89-91) Vinous Media, Neal Martin January 2019

2017 Morey Saint Denis rouge “En la rue de Vergy”
The 2017 Morey-Saint-Denis en la Rue de Vergy, matured with 70% whole bunches, has a classy, well-defined blackberry and raspberry nose that reveals traces of tobacco and tar. The palate is medium-bodied with sappy red fruit and hints of orange essence and apricot. The fleshy, nubile finish suggests this will be perfect for early drinking. (88-90) Vinous Media, Neal Martin January 2019

2017 Morey Saint Denis rouge Vieilles Vignes
Matured with 80% whole bunches, the 2017 Morey-Saint-Denis Vieilles Vignes has potent marine/oyster shell scents on a nose that is very focused and poised. The palate is medium-bodied with fine-grained tannin, superb mineralité and a supremely well-proportioned finish. Recommended. (90-92) Vinous Media, Neal Martin January 2019

2017 Chambolle-Musigny Vieilles Vignes
The 2017 Chambolle-Musigny Vieilles Vignes, matured with 80% whole bunches, has a fine, brambly blackberry and raspberry nose. The fleshy, open palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin and slightly lower acidity than expected, yet it has a charming, quite caressing salty finish. Recommended. (89-91) Vinous Media, Neal Martin January 2019

2017 Gevrey Chambertin “cuvee Bertin”
A blend of three climats with 100% whole bunches, the 2017 Gevrey-Chambertin "Cuvée Bertin" has a welcoming, open-knit raspberry and crushed strawberry bouquet with light earthy scents. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin and fine acidity. Probably more for early drinking, since it lacks a little grip and substance on the finish. (87-89) Vinous Media, Neal Martin January 2019

2017 Morey Saint Denis 1er cru “Aux Chezeaux”
Joins directly on to Grand cru Charmes Chambertin The 2017 Morey-Saint-Denis Aux Chezeaux 1er Cru has a more candied bouquet than the Aux Charmes, with more red fruit, though still a little reduced. The palate is fleshy and caressing in texture, offering layers of lightly spiced, succulent red fruit and fanning out gently with hints of Moroccan spice toward the voluminous finish. (90-92) Vinous Media, Neal Martin January 2019

2017 Morey Saint Denis 1er cru “Les Faconnieres”
A beautifully sited vineyard located just below the ‘heart’ of Clos de la Roche “(from 60+ year old vines, 50% whole cluster).  The 2017 Morey-Saint-Denis Faconnières 1er Cru, which Virgile Lignier aptly describes as a Petit Clos de la Roche, shows the same brooding intensity as the Aux Charmes, offering blackberry, wild hedgerow and crushed stone aromas and traces of moorland and heather. The slightly chalky palate is medium-bodied with grainy tannin, and there is fine acidity and real energy on the finish. I like the persistence and depth here. Superb. (92-94) Vinous Media, Neal Martin January 2019

2017 Nuits St Georges 1er cru “aux Murgers” SOLD OUT
Just 3 barrels produced yielding one of the most perfumed and seductive Burgundies imaginable. The 2017 Nuits Saint-Georges Les Murgey 1er Cru has a tightly wound bouquet that needs a lot of coaxing from the glass. The palate is well balanced, quite tender and elegant, though I would have liked more density and grip on the finish. A little bit overshadowed by the Morey Premier Crus this year. Vinous Media, Neal Martin January 2019

2017 Clos St Denis Grand cru
“(from purchased fruit and released under the Maison Virgile Lignier label,  80% whole cluster).  The 2017 Clos Saint-Denis Grand Cru contains 100% whole bunch fruit, matured in one new barrel and one used. This has a more expressive bouquet than the Clos de la Roche, featuring ample ripe red currant, blueberry and raspberry preserve aromas tinged with pressed flowers. The palate is fresh and vibrant on the entry and offers a little more penetration and tension than the Clos de la Roche. Almost sorbet-fresh on the vibrant finish. Wonderful. (93-95)
Vinous Media, Neal Martin January 2019

2017 Clos de la Roche Grand cru
The 2017 Clos de la Roche Grand Cru is matured with 80% whole bunch fruit. It has a very precise, intense bouquet of blackberry, leather, sous-bois and light iris aromas that gently unfold in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin. This is a relatively linear and prudent Clos de la Roche that does not want to let its hair down, but feels reassuringly correct and precise on the finish. Very fine and understated. (92-94) Vinous Media, Neal Martin January 2019

Small quantities of some of these 2014’s are available and provide astoundingly good drinking now. Showing perfect expression and balance there is much joy to be had in any of the following wines.

“I really like the style of the 2014s as they’re dense enough to be serious and age-worthy yet not particularly austere or backward and thus should also please those who like their burgs on the younger side.” Burghound

2014 Morey Saint Denis rouge “En la rue de Vergy”
This vineyard holding sits directly above Grand cru Clos de Tart quite high on the slope bordering Bonnes Mares on the southern Chambolle-Musigny border and Clos des Lambrays on the northern border. The resulting wine shows remarkable energy and dimension. A stunning village wine. “(30% whole cluster). Here there is a menthol note sitting atop the slightly riper yet cool aromas of cassis, violet and plum. The palate impression of the medium-bodied flavors isn’t quite as concentrated but it is finer with really lovely delineation to the mineral -inflected, balanced and lingering finish. Recommended.  (89-91)/2020+” Burghound.com January 2016

2014 Chambolle-Musigny Vieilles Vignes  
(from 50+ year old vines,  50% whole cluster).  There is a top note of menthol to the  essence  of  red  cherry  liqueur,  spice  and  pretty  floral  nuances.   The  impressively  rich  middle  weight  flavors  possess excellent volume as the old vines are very much in evidence, all wrapped in a velvety, sappy and moderately firm finale. This relatively robust effort will need a few years of cellaring first but should drink well on the earlier side.  (88-91)/2021+ Burghound.com January 2016

2014 Gevrey Chambertin “cuvee Bertin“
Comes mostly from a parcel of old vines in Les Seuvrees which borders on to Grand cru Charmes Chambertin close to the Morey St Denis border. “(from Les Seuvrées and Les Murots; 40% whole cluster). There is plenty of Gevrey character to the distinctly earthy and notably animale dark currant, floral and underbrush suffused nose. There is excellent intensity to the dense, serious and vibrant medium weight flavors that possess fine delineation on the powerful yet seductively textured finish that displays just a hint of rusticity. This too delivers fine quality for its level. (89-91)/2019+” Burghound.com January 2016

2014 Morey Saint Denis 1er cru “Aux Chezeaux”
Joins directly on to Grand cru Charmes Chambertin “(90%  whole cluster).  A discreet application of wood sets off the ripe, fresh and layered  combination  of  plum,  violet,  spice  and  soft  game-inflected  aromas.  There is good volume and intensity to the attractively muscular and stony medium-bodied flavors that display strikingly good depth on the impressively long, clean and dry-in-the-best sense finish. Lovely and this too should be approachable young.  (90-93)/2022+”

2014 Nuits St Georges 1er cru “aux Murgers”
Just 3 barrels produced yielding one of the most perfumed and seductive Burgundies imaginable. “(released under the Maison Virgile Lignier label, 30% whole cluster).  Here too there are notes of menthol and wood on the ultra-earthy and spicy aromas of game and various purple fruit scents. The robust and tautly muscular broad-shouldered  flavours possess excellent mid-palate concentration before terminating in a quite firmly structured but not really austere finish. Once again patience will be required as this is tightly structured.  (91-94)/2026+” Burghound.com January 2016

2014 Charmes Chambertin Grand cru
“(from purchased fruit released under the  Maison Virgile Lignier label; 50% whole cluster).  A somber, cool and very restrained nose offers up notes of plum, dark berries and pungent earth, all of which  is  trimmed  in  discreet hints  of  wood  toast and  menthol.   There  is  good  muscle  to  the  powerful  and  almost  painfully intense big-bodied flavors that offer excellent richness and drive on the strikingly long  and seductively textured  finish  where a touch of bitter cherry surfaces. While this should easily reward 10 to 12 years of bottle age it should also drink reasonably well after only 5 to 7.  (91-94)/2024+” Burghound.com January 2016

2014 Clos St Denis Grand cru
“(from purchased fruit and released under the Maison Virgile Lignier label,  80% whole cluster).  Firm reduction renders the nose impossible to assess. Otherwise there is excellent freshness and energy to  the sleek and notably finer middle weight flavors that exhibit a subtle minerality on the balanced, harmonious and wonderfully persistent finish.  This highly complex effort is superbly classy and should amply reward 12 to 15 years of cellar time. Lovely.  (92-95)/2026+” Burghound.com January 2016

2013 Morey Saint Denis rouge “En la rue de Vergy”
This vineyard holding sits directly above Grand cru Clos de Tart quite high on the slope and the resulting wine shows remarkable energy and dimension. A stunning village wine. “(30% whole cluster). A notably ripe yet cool nose displays notes of dark currant, humus and earth along with a subtle hint of the sauvage. The is excellent richness to the unusually full-bodied flavors that possess a velvety, even suave palate impression before terminating in a mineral-inflected, focused and dusty finish. This is a big (but balanced) wine in the context of the appellation. (88-91)/2020+” Burghound.com January 2015

2013 Gevrey Chambertin “cuvee Bertin“
Comes mostly from a parcel of old vines in Les Seuvrees which borders on to Grand cru Charmes Chambertin close to the Morey St Denis border. “(from Les Seuvrées and Les Murots; 40% whole cluster). There is plenty of Gevrey character to the distinctly earthy and notably animale dark currant, floral and underbrush suffused nose. There is excellent intensity to the dense, serious and vibrant medium weight flavors that possess fine delineation on the powerful yet seductively textured finish that displays just a hint of rusticity. This too delivers fine quality for its level. (89-91)/2019+” Burghound.com January 2015

2013 Morey Saint Denis 1er cru “Aux Chezeaux”
Joins directly on to Grand cru Charmes Chambertin “(100% whole cluster). This is markedly floral with green tea elements adding breadth to the raspberry, red currant and earth aromas. There is fine richness to the round and once again seductively textured medium weight flavors that possess seriously good complexity and impressive length on the ever-so-mildly rustic finale. The palate impression is firm without being stiff and thanks to all of the dry extract this should actually be approachable on the younger side if desired. (90-92)/2021+” Burghound.com January 2015

2013 Nuits St Georges 1er cru “aux Murgers”
Just 3 barrels produced yielding one of the most perfumed and seductive Burgundies imaginable. “(released under the Maison Virgile Lignier label, 30% whole cluster). All but invisible wood sets off a spicy, fresh and cool nose that is composed by notes of assorted red berries, dried flowers and touches of game and earth. There is fine volume to the lush, even opulent middle weight flavors that manage to retain reasonably good detail on the mineral-inflected, intense and wonderfully long finale. This delivers excellent quality with a bit more size. (91-93)2021+” Burghound.com January 2015

 2013 Clos de la Roche Grand cru SOLD OUT
“(from a .27 ha parcel, most of which is young vines of 15+ years of age though there is a parcel approximating 15% of the total with ~40 years of age, 80% whole cluster). Here too there is a backdrop of wood framing the very fresh and ripe aromas of black berry liqueur, plum, earth and discreet sauvage elements. The dense, powerful and brooding big-bodied flavors possess excellent mid-palate concentration along with a lovely sense of vibrancy as the intensity does a slow crescendo to the explosively long and muscular finish. Classic Clos de la Roche that is not only built-to-age but will absolutely require it. (92-95)/2028+” Burghound.com Jan 2015