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2005 Domaine du Comte Liger-Belair La Romanée Grand Cru

FRANCE / BURGUNDY / VOSNE-ROMANÉE
  • 90 WA
  • 96 IWC
  • 93 JR
  • Variety
    Pinot Noir
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SKU: 152519-2005-750-1A

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  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 96

    ($1600) Saturated, dark ruby-red. Multidimensional nose reads like a textbook of Burgundy: black raspberry, blackberry, smoked meat, underbrush, game and minerals. Incredibly sweet, pure flavors of wild dark berries, given almost painful cut by pungent minerality and brisk acidity. The explosive, mounting finish stains the tongue with flavor, leaving behind a vibrating perfume. These vines run north-south, which no doubt helped this 2005 maintain exceptional vibrancy for the vintage. Likely to be a cellar treasure.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: March/April 2008
  • Burghound | Rating: 97

    As good as the Reignots is, it's immediately clear that this is at another level with its positively kaleidoscopic and utterly knockout nose featuring exuberant Vosne-style spicy black fruit and a panoply of underlying nuances including anise, clove, minerals, underbrush, warm earth and smoke introduce much more reserved, even cool medium full flavors that are like silk on the palate though the hugely long finish tightens up in a real rush. This is really quite fine and less youthfully austere than it usually is at this early stage. This is also a stunner of a wine with that wonderful character of inner mouth perfume that the great wines always have plus it's built for the long haul.
    Drink Dates: 2020+
    Author: Allen Meadows
    Issue: 1st Quarter, 2008
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 90

    Tasted at the Comte Liger-Belair vertical at the Chateau de Vosne. The 2005 Vosne-Romanee Clos du Chateau is a vast improvement over the previous two vintages with fresh red cherry, orange rind and rosemary scents that are not intense, but are well defined. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, harmonious in the mouth with degraded, lightly spiced red fruit and a slight grittiness on the finish that is appealing. This is probably at its peak now - the best vintage since the 2000 for sure. Tasted June 2015.
    Drink Dates: 2015-2025
    Author: Neal Martin
  • Jancis Robinson | Rating: 18

    Very bright crimson. Very energetic, exciting nose. Some mossiness in its flavour and wonderfully smooth-textured yet masses of excitement. Lovely fruit underneath. Great energy. Really jewelly. Lovely now! (Presumably it will close up in the next year or two?)
    Drink Dates: 2012-2025
    Author: Jancis Robinson
    Issue: 02/17/2009
  • Self | Rating: 93

    2005 La Romanee (which exhibits a much deeper color than the other wines) smells of black raspberry, black tea, Allspice, resin and smoked meat. Fresh-fruited and bright on the palate, with a wealth of refined tannin and spice and distilled fruit inner-mouth perfume, this penetrates impressively with spice, pepper, smoked meat, chalk, salt and persistently pure black raspberry. Thankfully, any excess woodiness is absent from the refined length of this offering, although (despite a mere 13.5% alcohol) I detect a hint of heat. For the few who can afford this, it will be most intriguing to follow. Young Louis-Michel Liger-Belair - who considers himself a protege of the late Henri Jayer - has ambitious plans, and soon he will incorporate more of the family's property (over which he only recently began assuming control - this was the last vintage in which wine was delivered to Bouchard on contract) and inaugurate a new negociant side of the business. Malos were very early, which Liger-Belair accepts as routine. He virtually eschews pigeage. |I try to avoid much extraction,| he says, |and in a year like 2005, it's easy to extract too much.| But he has no compunction about a ten day cold soak nor about the lavish (100%) application of new barrels, which seemed to me a bit much for these wines. They had been in bottle around three weeks when I tasted, and despite the fact that they were never pumped, they struck me as being somewhat under the influence. David Schildknecht-Reviewer
    Author: LarryZ
One of the newest estates in Burgundy, Domaine du Comte Liger-Belair, is owned by Louis-Michel Liger-Belair whom has already carved a name for himself in the history of fine Burgundian wine.

Domaine Liger-Belair has 200 years of winemaking in his family traditions. Louis Liger-Belair, ancestor of Louis-Michel Liger-Belair purchased the Chateau de Vosne in 1815. After handing the estate down to his adopted son, Louis-Charles, the Liger-Belair family began teaching fine winemaking traditions through the generations. Louis-Charles married a fellow winemaker, Ludovie Marey, who would go on to have a son, Louis-Michel. When, at just eight years old, his son expressed an interest in wine, Louis-Michel's father told him that he could only take over the estate if he became an agricultural engineer. Louis-Michel worked for years to earn his degree, and in 2000, he took back his family's original estates in Vosne Romanee. Today, he owns the smallest and most sought-after Grand Cru monopole in Burgundy, La Romanee.

The ancient, 50-year-old vines of the estate are grown on just 85 acres of land, and are exclusively owned and regulated under the Liger-Belair family name - only producing about 4,000 bottles annually, making it one of the rarest monopoles in the world. Over the past 15 years, Liger-Belair has focused on the terroir flavors that come from the mineral-rich soil, especially in light of its status as a monopole. Hand-selected grapes, low yields, and uninterrupted fermentation make the La Romanee distinctive, and have earned the estate multiple high ratings among wine critics.

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 102 bottles owned
  • 16 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 93
    (Out of 16 collectors)