Specialty Club – September 2016

2013 Domaine Lignier-Michelot, Morey-Saint-Denis, En La Rue de Vergy, $66

Winery info: Based in Morey-Saint-Denis, in Burgundy’s Côte de Nuits, with holdings in Chambolle-Musigny and Gevrey-Chambertin. Until 1988, when son Virgile began to work with his father, all of their wine was sold in barrel to négociants. He gradually convinced his father to begin bottling their own wine and by 2000 they were bottling all of their fruit under their own label.

Winemaker: Virgile Lignier, the third generation of his family to head the estate.

Grapes: 100% Pinot Noir

Vineyard: A small, terraced vineyard (less than 2 hectares) situated high on a slope, directly above the Grand Cru Clos de Tart. The soil is shallow marl over limestone bedrock. The vines were planted in 1975.

Flavor Profile: Full flavored, yet balanced, with notes of dark fruit and earth, velvety texture, and a focused, minerally finish.

Production/Availability: About 840 cases annually. This vintage is now gone.

Drinkability: Best from 2019 through 2025.

Food Pairing: Boeuf Bourguignon, roast chicken, or lamb.

2013 Domaine du Clos des Rocs, Pouilly-Loché, En Chantone, $35

Winery info: Pouilly-Loché is a small appellation in the Mâcon region of southern Burgundy. The appellation is only about 32 hectares in size (roughly 79 acres), and six of them of it belong to Clos des Rocs. Son of a local winemaking family, Olivier Giroux, was able to purchase the property in 2002 and start his own estate.

Winemaker: Olivier Giroux

Grapes: 100% Chardonnay

Vineyard: From a small (0.65 hectares), east-facing vineyard site with 90 year-old vines. The poor, thin soil here stresses the vines, resulting in smaller, more concentrated fruit, producing leaner, more earthy and mineral-driven wines than those of nearby Pouilly-Fuissé. The wines are aged in 500-liter barrels.

Flavor Profile: Elegant and rich, with amazing depth and character, yet also very focused and fresh.

Production/Availability: The distributor is now onto 2014 vintage

Drinkability: Anytime. It should gain in complexity as it ages.

Food Pairing: Richer fish dishes, shellfish, or roast chicken.