Hubert Lignier, Morey-Saint-Denis Tres Girard 2011

The Hubert Lignier Morey-Saint-Denis Tres Girard is an old school and somewhat rustic Morey. In the nose red and dark berry fruit .. a bit on the austere side. On the palate quite rustic with plenty of structure and tannins – it’s pure but not very focused. A genuine old fashioned Morey that will require some time to resolve. Sadly not quite at the same level as the Hubert Lignier wines of the 1990s and early 2000s … but nevertheless a honest glass of Morey.

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink From 2018) – Above Average (84p) – Tasted 26/02/2014

Photo by Frederik Kreutzer

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Hubert Lignier, Clos de la Roche 1999

The Clos de la Roche 1999 from Hubert Lignier is still very youthful and a real powerhouse. In the bouquet intense dark fruits, cherries, liquorice, oriental spices and a hint of sous-bois. On the palate quite dense and dark fruit, it’s rich but also quite rustic with abundant tannins … really need time to unfold. Love the weight and minerality … but it is a very muscular wine currently. A big but classic Clos de la Roche … old school Hubert Lignier at it’s best .

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink From 2022) – Very Fine (93p) – Tasted 03/10/2013.


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Hubert Lignier, Morey-Saint-Denis 1er cru VV. 2002

The Morey-Saint-Denis 1er cru VV 2002 from Hubert Lignier – is quite open and showing some matured notes. In the bouquet delicate and open red fruit with notes of cherries and elderberries – quite floral with hints of peony rose and a earthy minerality. On the palate quite elegant red fruit – surprisingly accessible for a Lignier wine at this stage. Really like the quite refined expression of Morey terroir – is perhaps slightly on the light side compared to earlier vintages of this wine. Nevertheless a lovely glass – will improve over the next 5 years – Enjoy!.

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink from 2016) – Very Good (90p) – Tasted 24/09/2013


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Hubert Lignier, Clos de la Roche 2002

The Clos de la Roche 2002 from Hubert Lignier is still quite young and undeveloped. It’s made from 35 to 45 year old vines located in the parcel Monts Luisants – and the 2002 vintage is one of the very last made by Romain Lignier who sadly passed away in 2004. In the bouquet cherries and dark berries – but starting to show a few sweet red notes. On the palate quite tight with a fine concentration and length. The fruit is still young, dark and quite backward for a 2002 – with a strong backbone of tannins and acidity. A beautiful Clos de la Roche – but not quite in the same league as the magnificent 1999 from this domaine.

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink From 2017) – Very Fine 93p – Tasted 08/12 2012


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Hubert Lignier, Clos de la Roche 2003

The Clos de la Roche 2003 from Hubert Lignier is a quite drinkable 2003. Made from 35 to 45 year old vines located in Monts Luisants. In the bouquet cherries, blue berries, strawberries and prune with a hint of sous bois. On te palate quite finely balanced with a good focus. The tannins are silky but is providing some structure together with the fine minerality. The fruit is slightly stewed – aromas of very ripe/slighly overripe fruit – typical 2003. The old school Lignier style suits this vintage … not a great wine though … but a quite enjoyable 2003.

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink From 2016) – Very Good 89p – Tasted 24/11 2012


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Hubert Lignier, Morey-Saint-Denis 1er cru 1999

The 1999 Morey-Saint-Denis 1er cru fom Hubert Lignier is an old school Lignier – dark, slightly rustic, pure and with a good terroir expression. In the nose mostly dark fruits, liquorice, and hints of tar. On the palate quite lush, rich and dense dark fruit. Nicely structured with good acidity and a fine underlaying minerality. It’s still very dark with quite some grip from the tannins – After two hours the tannins soften and red fruit notes starts to appear. Need approx 10 years or to reach a matured level. Somewhat rustic – but a fine effort … drinkable now … but really would benefit from further cellaring.

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink from 2018) Fine 91p

Tasted 20/07/2012


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Hubert Lignier, Clos de la Roche 1999

The Clos de la Roche 1999 from Hubert Lignier is still very youthful and a real powerhouse. In the bouquet sweet dark fruits, cherries, liquorice, oriental spices and a hint of forrest undergrowth. On the palate dense dark and ripe fruit, fine ripe tannins and a good backbone of minerality. Very powerful, but still quite refined – a classic Clos de la Roche and old school Hubert Lignier. Will not reach full maturity before 2020. What a great wine!

(Drink from 2022) Outstanding – 95p

Tasted 28/02/2012


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Sips and Samples – week 43 – 2011

Sips and Samples is a new format on The idea is to present wines in a more informal way. This could be wines outside our areas, or wines tasted under relaxed or less than optimal conditions.

This week offered a tasting of some interesting wines. These wines were opened for a tasting the evening before, so I was tasting the leftovers approx 24 hours after the bottles were opened. Not optimal conditions … but still usefull.


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Hubert Lignier, Clos de la Roche 2002

The Clos de la Roche 2002 is an excellent effort from Hubert Lignier. Old school Lignier, quite dark aromas, but also some elements of sweet red fruit in the bouquet. No quite ready to drink, but there are some sweet mature notes on the palate, still the darker tones in the fruit are dominating the wine. Very fine balance and length a very fine rather traditional Burgundy.

(From 2017) Very Fine – 93p

Tasted 09/09/2011


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WineHog rating system – articulated Robert Parker!!

Tasting and rating wine is not exact science … and therefore I prefer to use a scale that reflects that wine is a living organism and that a wine can taste like 94 points one day … and 93 the next day … depending on the moon, the glass, temperature and or my mood!

I therefore use my own rating system here at – a rating system inspired by some of the British wine reviewers but adapted to my view on the Burgundy wines.

The end of points

I have been using the 100 point scale for two decades, and the problems using this scale became more and more apparent during the work with It’s very hard .. or perhaps even impossible to truly consistent ratings with a scale like the 100 points scale.

I therefore changed to my own scale … but still translates my ratings to points … as a service to the readers who prefer the 100 point scale.

The potential is defined by the terroir

The quality or the potential of a wine is in my view defined by the terroir as the complexity and depth in the wine comes from the terroir – that’s the essence of Burgundy – and that’s why Burgundy is so interesting, intriguing and sometimes even frustrating.

It’s very important to note that only the very best terroirs can merrit a top rating. If we look at the best 1er crus – they can indeed rival a lot of the lesser grand cru wines, but it’s very rare to find a 1er cru that can merrit an outstanding rating. And while the best village wines can be fine, they are still village wines – and can almost never merrit a “very fine” rating.

Here is the rating system:

  • Legendary
  • Extraordinary
  • Outstanding
  • Very Fine
  • Fine
  • Very Good
  • Good
  • Above Average
  • Average
  • Below Average
  • Poor

The winehog rating system – converted to points

As mentioned I have indeed used the 100 point scale for many years, and to me it feels natural but sadly also somewhat limiting for work. But as a service to the readers I normally convert the winehog rating to points or a point interval for the readers who prefer this system.

Winehog rating system with the point equivalence:

  • Legendary – (99 – 100p)
  • Extraordinary – (97 – 98p)
  • Outstanding – (95 – 96p)
  • Very Fine – (93 – 94p)
  • Fine – (91 – 92p)
  • Very Good – (88 – 90p)
  • Good – (85 – 87p)
  • Above Average – (80 – 84p)
  • Average – (75 – 79p)
  • Below Average – (70 – 74p)
  • Poor – (50 – 69p)

… enjoy the wines … and forget the points and ratings!