The campaign of top 2005 Burgundies at compelling prices continues at Crush!
I'm thrilled to be able to offer out the 2005 Ligniers, from the Bourgogne Rouge up to the grand Clos de la Roche, direct from the domains at some of the lowest prices in the nation!
Regardless of the confusion during the last two years, the Lignier domains continue to produce some of the best wines out of Morey, Chambolle and Gevery-Chambertin.
To my palate, few estates have been able to so successfully marry the power and energy of the ultra-vivid 2005 fruit to such a sleek, delineated mouthfeel. There is a focus to these wines, a clarity of fruit, a super-fine polished minerality that is seemlessly built into these 2005 Burgs. This is delineated hedonism!
While the Clos de la Roche is the obvious collector's darling, it also requires some patience as its brooding Grand Cru seriousness means it won't be showing all of its considerable strength for a decade or more.
For those interested in more near-term drinking enjoyment, the Bourgogne Rouge at $25 is a no-brainer, though the perfumed delicacy and porcelain feel of the M-S-D "Sionnieres" should also not be missed.
As for the 1er Crus, while the Morey-St-Denis VV (old vine) "Romain" bottling is the insider's "Baby Clos de la Roche" with just incredible intensity and concentration (50-100 year old vines), the Chaffots also excels in 2005 - muscular and sinewy with gorgeous purity.
While the last three years have been difficult for the Lignier domaines, consider 2005 a celebration of the present, because the wines are just phenomenal - even in the context of the outstanding vintage.