Louis-Michel Liger-Belair is in my view producing one of the very best wines from the large and very diverse Echezeaux vineyard.
First vintage was 2006 and quality improving year after year arriving at a truly outstanding level from 2010 and onwards.
A very interesting wine in many ways … so lets take a closer look at the terroir.
The Echezeaux from Domaine du Comte Liger-Belair is produced from three different climates in Echzeaux – Le Cruots ou Vignes Blanches (8), Champs Traversin (4) and last and very least Clos Saint-Denis (9) – see map below.
The total area of the 6 plots is 0.6157 ha – and represents a mix of terroirs from the top of the Echezeaux vineyard (Champs Traversin) the lower parts (Clos Saint-Denis) and last but not least from one of the very best climates Cruots ou Vignes Blanches.
Les Cruots ou Vignes Blanches
The plots in Les Cruots are located just north of the center of the vineyard running from top to bottom in the climate. The area of the two plots are 0.3299 ha combined – see map below.
The plots on Champs Traversin are not assempled in one group. In the northern end there is one plot with an area of 0.078 ha, and in the southern end there are two plots located quite high in the vineyard with a combined area of 0.1766 – see map below. In total 0.2546 ha.
The last and rather unknown or overlooked plot is located in the the climate Clos Saint-Denis. The plot is only 0.0312 ha … and only accounts for 5% of the area of the Liger-Belair Echezeaux – see maps below.
While the Clos Saint-Denis plot is rarely mentioned it has been a part of the Echezeaux since the first vintage in 2006.
History of the plots
Louis-Michel Liger-Belair does not own the six plots on Echezeaux, they are leased from the Lamadon family in Vosne-Romanee.
Until 2006 the Lamandon family produced wines themselves from these plots, and the family has, apparently, a history as sharecroppers for the Liger-Belair family.
When the two brothers Francois and Pierre Lamadon retired Louis-Michel Liger-Belair had the opportunity to enlarge the vineyard portfolio with plots in Nuits-Saint-Georges Lavieres, Nuits-Saint-Georges Aux Cras, Vosne-Romanee Aux Brulee, Vosne-Romanee Les Petits Monts, Vosne Les Suchots and last but not least Echezeaux. In total 5.5 ha new vineyards rented from Lamandon 1 + 2.