Domaine du Comte Liger-Belair Nuits St Georges Aux Cras 2015
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Domaine du Comte Liger-Belair was founded at the beginning of 2000 by Louis-Michel Liger-Belair, with a few precious parcels of vineyards which had been in his family for centuries. An agricultural engineer and oenologist, Louis-Michel is renewing two hundred years of family tradition dedicated to the vines and wines of Burgundy in general, and to Vosne-Romanée in particular. The Liger-Belair family settled in Vosne when Louis Liger-Belair, Napoleonic general, acquired the Chateau of Vosne in 1815. The domaine grew considerably under the general’s direction and that of Louis-Charles, his adopted son who was the son of his sister. Louis-Charles married Ludovie Marey, a well-known family who owned vineyards and had been negoçiants since the eighteenth century.
The Comte Michel died in 1941, during the war before he could redevelop the Domaine. His son, the Comte Henry, Louis Michel’s father, enlisted in the army in 1949, pursued a brilliant career and rose to the rank of general following in the footsteps of his ancestor six generations earlier. He managed the domaine leaving vineyard work to sharecroppers, and commercialization to various shippers. When he was eight years old Louis-Michel informed his parents that he intended to live in Vosne-Romanée when he grew up. His father informed Louis-Michel that he could not take charge of the domaine unless he became an engineer. Therefore, Louis-Michel majored in science, is a qualified agricultural engineer, has a degree in commerce, and a diploma in oenology from the University of Dijon.
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Wine AdvocateThe 2015 Nuits Saint-Georges 1er Cru Aux Cras was demonstrating a lot of reduction on the nose, making it difficult to read. The palate is more representative with good density and a solid structure. It represents quite a masculine Nuit Saint-Georges with more black fruit than red, exerting a gentle grip in the mouth and blessed with a compelling saline finish. This is superb. 92-94
BurghoundThis is the first wine to display any meaningful oak though even here it remains subtle and easily allows the spicy dark currant, floral and earth scents to shine. There is a hint of lactic character to the otherwise sleek, delicious, rich and generously proportioned flavors that exhibit good minerality on the mildly austere, awkward and rustic finale. This is tough to read today so I underscore that my predicted range offers the benefit of the doubt that this will come together before it is bottled. 89-92