A magnificent tasting today with 72 bottles of Domaine du Comte Liger-Belair celebrating the 200 years anniversary of the Liger-Belair family in Burgundy.
And what a celebration of great wines … overwhelming is the first word that comes to mind when you taste so many brilliant wines.
The wines came from all the vintages made by Louis-Michel Liger-Belair .. i.e. from 2000 to 2013. From the very first Clos du Chateau 2000 to the magnificent La Romanee 2013. Tasting notes will follow.
The La Romanee vertikal 2002 to 2013
Starting at the top – the tasting included a vertical of La Romanee from 2002 to 2013 … a great treat .. showing the development of the Domaine since Louis-Michel began …
I rarely taste La Romanee … so this was the chance to get to know the terroir in depth … and believe me this is a terroir you want to know well. A magnificent lineup of great wines.
The big Clos du Chateau vertikal 2000 – 2013
The most prominent village of the domaine is the Vosne-Romanee Clos du Chateau, and here we tasted all the vintages from the fully mature 2000 to the fresh and crisp 2013.
A gorgeous lineup of top village wines … reflecting the qualities of the different vintages.
The Reignots vertical .. 2002 – 2013
Aux Reignots is one of the top wines of the Domaine and here the vertical covered the vintages from 2002 to 2013.
All magnificent wines … also here the 2010 and the 2005 came in first, but the other vintages all performed very well indeed .. reflecting the qualities of the individual years.
The two short verticals .. Brulee and Echezeaux
The two short verticals .. 2006 – 2013 .. Vosne Romanee Aux Brulees, and Echezeaux offered a lot of great and delightful wines. The Brulees served from magnum really showed the classic mineralic side of Vosne.
The Echezeaux lineup offered a tremendous selection of outstanding wines with grand cru depth and refinement … have a soft spot for the Liger-Belair Echezeaux.
The 2012s and the 2013s
Lastly the first set of wines – outside the verticals .. the rest of the Liger-Belair lineup in both 2012 and 2013 … including the NSG Laviere, the Vosne village, the Vosne Colombiere, the Vosne Chaumes, the Vosne Suchots, the Vosne Petits-Monts, the NSG Aux Cras and lastly the NSG Clos de Grandes Vignes both red and white. A great lineup in it’s own right … including wines I know well and adore .. and even some positive surprises .. the NSG Clos des Grandes Vignes show even better than expected from cask … and this apply to both the reds and the whites.