2014 Domaine Lignier-Michelot, Morey-Saint-Denis, Vieilles Vignes, $60
Winery info: Based in Morey-Saint-Denis, in Burgundy’s Côte de Nuits, with holdings in Chambolle-Musigny and Gevrey-Chambertin. For generations they sold all of their wine in barrel to négociants. But in 1988 Virgile Lignier began to working with his father, and soon convinced him to begin bottling their own wine from their fruit. Today Virgile represents the third generation of his family to head the estate.
Grapes: 100% Pinot Noir
Vineyard: An old vine blend from three lieux-dits in Morey-Saint-Denis (50% from Les Cognées, and 25% each from Très Girard and Les Chenevery). The vines were planted in 1946, 1948, and in the 1950s and 80s. The soil is deep clay, sand, and gravel with clay-limestone bedrock from the Middle Jurassic.
Flavor Profile: Elegant and aromatic, with deep flavors of dark, savory fruit and a bit of spice.
Availability: The distributor has just a small amount left of this vintage.
Drinkability: Now through 2024
Food Pairing: Boeuf Bourguignon, roast chicken, or lamb dishes.
2015 Domaines Schlumberger, Riesling Grand Cru Saering, $36
Winery info: Founded in 1810, Domaines Schlumberger is one of the largest Grand Cru producers in Alsace. It is now in the hands of the sixth and seventh generation of the family, who produce 100% estate grown wines from their 135 hectares of vineyards on the slopes of the Vosges Mountains. Because of the steepness of those slopes, most of the vineyard work requires horses. It also keeps yields low, resulting in exceptional quality of fruit and concentration of flavor.
Grapes: 100% Riesling
Vineyard: The Saering block, which was first mentioned as a vineyard site in 1250. It has marl, limestone, and sandstone soil, and produces exceptionally fine, delicate Riesling.
Flavor Profile: Amazing depth and complexity. With fresh notes of citrus and white flowers that evolve as it opens up, becoming riper and a touch more exotic.
Availability: It is still in decent supply.
Drinkability: Now, or over the next five to eight years.
Food Pairing: Tempura calamari, Asian-flavored salmon fillet, or lobster.