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Thibault Liger-Belair – Influential Nuits-Saint-Georges Producer Making Waves in Beaujolais

Domaine Thibault Liger-Belair “Les Jeunes Pousses” (Beaujolais-Villages 2015)
Special 6-pack price: $146 (~$24/bottle)

Cousin to Vicomte Liger-Belair of La Romanée fame, in 2001 Thibault Liger-Belair took over storied family property in Nuits-Saint-Georges, reclaiming vineyards which had been contracted out to various share croppers and creating a new domaine under his own name. The properties include some of the most hallowed vineyards in Burgundy: The Grands Crus of Richebourg and Clos de Vougeot, as well as the Premier Cru of Les Saint-Georges that is one of the few vineyards in modern-era Burgundy to be considered for promotion to Grand Cru.

In 2008, Thibault decided to deploy his talent and knowledge in the Cru Beaujolais appellation of Moulin-à-Vent. He did a portion of his education a few miles south in the village of Belleville and was always fascinated by the beauty of the region, its landscapes, and the quality and diversity of its granite soils. The vineyards of Moulin-à-Vent reminded him of the Burgundian terroirs and he purchased several different parcels with the goal of producing wines that reflect their individual climat.

The methods Thibault uses in Beaujolais were adapted from his experience in the Côte de Nuits. The vines are cultivated using biodynamic practices. He claims that the work in the vineyards is done to awaken the soil and its terroir by encouraging the roots to go deeper in search of nourishment. He seeks to produce his Beaujolais wines without carbonic maceration because he considers that style of vinification to result in many indistinguished wines.

“Les Jeunes Pousses” Beaujolais-Villages starts powerfully fragrant with violets and dark cherries. Although easy to drink, as Beaujolais-Villages ought to be, there is a vein of iron-metallic energy at the wine’s core leading all the way to a finish of crunchy ripe tannins. This is a Beaujolais-Villages with the gravitas of the Côte de Nuits.


 

More Wines from Domaine Thibault Liger-Belair

Special discount prices apply to all wines from Domaine Thibault Liger-Belair when six or more bottles are purchased. These are wines that are high in demand so quantities are limited.

2014 Vintage

~$34 “Grands Chaillots” Rouge (Bourgogne 2014)
Structured Bourgogne from a plot in the city of Nuits-Saint-Georges.

~$39 “La Corvée de Villy” Rouge (Hautes Côtes de Nuits 2014)
From a 1.7 acre plot planted in 1988 and located on the Chaux plateau above Nuits-Saint-Georges.

~$80 “La Croix des Champs” (Gevrey-Chambertin 2014)
From a parcel in the center of the commune and just below the Route des Grands Crus.

~$80 “La Charmotte” (Nuits-Saint-Georges 2014)
From a parcel located on the edge of the Premiers Crus “Argilats” and “Bousselots” in the northern part of the appellation.

$117 “Aux Réas” (Vosne-Romanée 2014)
From a 1.3 acre parcel planted in 1956 on the edge of the Premier Cru “Clos des Réas.”

$162 “Les Saint-Georges” (Nuits-Saint-Georges, Premier Cru 2014)
Old vines from the top vineyard in Nuits-Saint-Georges. Thibault Liger-Belair owns more than a quarter of the 18 acres that make up the appellation.

$243 Clos Vougeot (Grand Cru 2014)
From 1.8 acres of vines planted in 1948 located in the southern portion of the vineyard at the corner of the wall separating the Grand Cru of Echézeaux.

$243 Charmes-Chambertin (Grand Cru 2014)
Located on the highest part of the vineyard just in front of the border between Lattricières-Chambertins and Chambertins.

2009 Vintage

~$108 “La Toppe au Vert” Rouge (Aloxe-Corton, Premier Cru 2009)
From a 0.7 acre plot planted in 1965 located in the heart of the village of Ladoix-Serrigny.

$135 “Les Gruenchers” (Chambolle Musigny, Premier Cru 2009)
Located north of the appellation on deep clay soils just below the Grand Cru of Bonnes Mares.

$270 Clos Vougeot (Grand Cru 2009)
From 1.8 acres of vines planted in 1948 located in the southern portion of the vineyard at the corner of the wall separating the Grand Cru of Echézeaux.

2003 Vintage

$216 “Les Saint-Georges” (Nuits-Saint-Georges, Premier Cru 2003)
Old vines from the top vineyard in Nuits-Saint-Georges. Thibault Liger-Belair owns more than a quarter of the 18 acres that make up the appellation.

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Posted on 2018.01.06 in Beaujolais, Burgundy, France, Saturday Sips

 

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