2006 Lignier Red Burgundy - Power, Texture, Richness...and VALUE!

Posted by CrushWine

While the recent history of the Lignier family has been tragic, there is always a time for rebirth, for renewal.

With this offer we mark the beginning of an exciting new generation of winemaking at this estate,
firmly rooted in the Ligniers' top sites across Gevrey-Chambertin, Morey-St-Denis and Chambolle. Terroir just doesn't lie and here, well, the terroir is great.

For those of you interested in VALUE, tenderly woven into bright, forward, luxurious and supple Burgundies, this offer's for you. Place the pricing side-by-side with the 2005s and, even given the context of the vintages, the 2006s FLAUNT their value.

Exhibit A: the top wine, Clos de la Roche at under $130 - an absolute steal for Grand Cru Terroir. (so much so that we considered a Crush Friday Steal -- except highlighting this wine only would nearly ensure the few cases we had would have to be divided in bottles).

The beautiful, bright and mineral 1er Cru "Cuvee Romain" -- with much of the density of its older brother Clos de La Roche -- clocks in at close to the $70 mark, delivering a wallop of a 1er Cru Burg for a very reasonable tariff.

With the 2006 Ligniers more than most red Burgundies, the freshness of the 2006 vintage energizes these wines by somehow giving lift to their surprisingly rich mouthfeels. All of the 2006 Ligniers show a heft that gives them a fullness, a presence, a depth, with great, complex layers of fruit and a sturdy spine of minerals.

While the Clos de la Roche and the 1er Cru "Cuvee Romain"(sourced from vines 50-100 years old - an insider's wine if there ever was one) are the collector's picks, wines that will gain in momentum with 5+ years in the cellar, for those who just want to gently put a toe in the waters of 2006 Lignier, the Bussieres is not to be missed. This is the wine that, out of the entire stable of 2006 Lignier blew us away. So we bought it all.

There is a gregariousness to the fruit in the Lignier Bussieres, an energy and vibrancy that is just mouthwatering and if you need a partner at the dinner table for some lighter chicken dishes, or even some duck, or ramps...the list could go on and on...you've found a friend with Lignier's 2006 Bussieres.

If the style of winemaking has not changed much, the domaine itself has.
Hubert Lignier, the patron of the family, led the estate for many years before handing it over to his son, Romain, who passed away suddenly, and well before his time, in 2004. Without going into the details, the estate's following two years were complicated. Hubert Lignier vinified the wines while a new domaine, named after Romain and Kellen's children, was formed.

2006 marks the first vintage at Domaine Lucie & Auguste Lignier totally under the direction of Kellen Lignier and her domaine manager Dominique Poirette.

And a glorious introduction it is.
You can't deny the greatness of the estate's terroir - their holdings include a small parcel of Clos de la Roche vines between 35 and 45 years old, as well as parcels in a number of 1er Cru sites that near the 100 year-old mark. This is awesome raw material and Kellen and Dominique have done it justice in this vintage.

We have bought *only* the wines we believe represent the greatest quality, and the greatest value. For those of you interested in trying a selection of wines, we've gone ahead and discounted the Clos de la Roche even more when you buy two of the Bussieres. Please view complete tasting notes below for more on the individual wines as well as this special pricing.

Please see below to decide which bottles are for and call (212) 980-9463 or click below to order - give us your maximum number of bottles you're interested in and we'll allocate accordingly.

2006 Lucie & Auguste Lignier

2006 Lignier Package - special pricing!
Special Email Package Price: $192.44
1 x 2006 Clos de la Roche: $123.00/btl
2 x 2006 Bussieres: $34.72/btl
Savings of over $14!

Chambolle-Musigny Les Bussieres

Special Email Price: $34.72/btl
Compare at $48.00
Burghound: "An expressive, bright, airy and ripe red berry fruit nose that is quite pretty as there is a background nuance of wet stone that continues onto the rich, round, forward and supple flavors that are delicious if lacking a bit in backend precision as there is a touch of dryness on the finish that is distracting but not fatal."

Morey-St-Denis 1er Cru "Cuvee Romain"

Special Email Price: $69.81/btl
Compare at $100.00
Burghound: "Relatively heavy reduction renders the nose all but impossible to accurately read though the tautly muscled and firm flavors possess excellent volume and impressive dry extract levels that do a fine job of buffering the ripe tannins on the dusty finish. This delivers solid depth and length if not much elegance as it runs to the distinctly rustic side of the finesse ledger."

Clos de la Roche
Special Email Price: $137.17/btl
Compare at $200.00
Burghound: "Here too there is a mildly macerated nose but with better overall complexity as the layering is impressive and it carries over to the rich, full and very serious flavors that possess excellent mid-palate concentration and focused power that is underpinned by very firm tannins that are bigger and slightly more rustic than those of the Charmes but there is also more buffering material as well as slightly better overall phenolic maturity."