($106) Saturated ruby-red. Vibrant, deep aromas of blackberry, maraschino cherry, violet and minerals, plus a pungent citrus quality that adds further lift; this offers the refreshment value of an '06. Suave on entry, then sappy and energetic in the middle, with brisk flavors of black cherry, spices, herbs and mint nicely framed by well-integrated acidity. I like this wine's medicinal reserve. Finishes smooth, deep, fine-grained and very long, with dusty tannins and lovely aromatic lift.
Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: March/April 2008
Wine Advocate | Rating: 91
From immediately north of Les Millandes, Lignier's 2005 Morey-St.-Denis Les Faconnieres (the same site that informs Hubert Lignier's long-running hit, Morey 1er cru) offers diverse black fruits, brown spices, resin and saline notes on the nose, a rich, sappy, sweetly-fruited and formidably dense palate, and an invigorating finish with low-toned meatiness and pronounced chalk and brine minerality. This deserves watching over at least a decade.
Author: David Schildknecht
Jancis Robinson | Rating:
Slightly reduced on nose (but not a fault at this stage), then sweet allspice and cassis and cherries, Somehow a bit cardboardy or flat in the middle, then a bit hot on the finish. (JH)
Author: Julia Harding MW
Burghound | Rating: 92
The most aromatically complex wine of this group of '05s with a striking breadth of berry aromas, earth, underbrush, game, tea and even a hint of leather that can also be found on the rich, full and serious medium full flavors that are textured, concentrated and quite finely detailed. This is hugely long and without question, delivers grand cru class and length. Highly recommended and built to age.