Distance Runner:
2014 Hubert Lignier Morey St.Denis 1er Cru Les Chaffots

Posted by Ian McFadden

Lignier's parcel in Les Chaffots lies just above the Grand Cru Clos St. Denis, and it is one of the Domaine's iconic wines.

Over the years, Chaffots has earned a reputation for aging brilliantly for decades upon decades. When you taste Lignier's '93 Chaffots today, it drives this home emphatically. It's a gorgeously complex mix of earth, minerality and spice, all backed by intensity and punch.

Lignier is one of the most consistent Burgundy producers that we know, but their 2014 line-up is really stunning. Last week, we offered Lignier's 2014 Clos de la Roche. Today, we turn to the Chaffots, a wine that's destined to be a distance runner.

What we love about Lignier's wines is their rugged, soulful honesty. The Chaffots may exemplify these qualities more than any other wine in the line-up. It's a muscular wine, brimming with savage, gamey notes and a stern mineral backbone.

The 2014 Red Burgundies flaunt purity and classicism. Unsurprisingly, the 2014 Chaffots is an extraordinary example of the site. All of the signature qualities are on display. The combination of sheer density, verve and overall harmony has set it up to evolve amazingly well.

The Chaffots 1er Cru sits above Clos de la Roche and Clos St. Denis. It's a very rocky site. There are only a couple examples of Chaffots available. Lignier's makes clear this is an extreme site - boasting intense concentration with driving acidity, jagged tannins and a dark stony minerality. Age brings an incredible amount of depth and mystery to the wine.

It's very hard not to be taken by Lignier's 2014s. For me, the Chaffots is one of the high points. The extreme beauty of the site is laid bare. I expect big things from this bottle.

To order, email offers@crushwineco.com or call the store at (212) 980-9463.

Ian McFadden

Director, Fine & Wine
Crush Wine & Spirits

2014 Hubert Lignier MSD 1er Cru Les Chaffots

Burghound: "A brooding and backward nose once again only grudgingly gives up notes of essence of black cherry, spice, earth and gamy aromas. There is superb richness and almost painful intensity to the overtly muscular big-bodied flavors that possess excellent mid-palate concentration, all wrapped in a very firmly structured and impressively long finish. This is much less rustic than it usually is and should easily see its 20th birthday if you enjoy older burgundies as Chaffots almost always ages wonderfully well."