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2012 Liger-Belair - La Romanee

FRANCE / BURGUNDY / VOSNE-ROMANEE
  • 100 WA
  • 98 IWC
  • Variety
    Pinot Noir
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SKU: 152519-2012-750-1A
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 99

    Bright ruby-red. Slightly reduced, very deep aromas of black raspberry and musky minerality, along with a bit of oakiness. Then sappy and outrageously concentrated on the palate, with a three-dimensional depth of texture to its sweet, savory flavors of dark berries, spices, and rose petal lifted by a citrus skin topnote. Really extraordinary fruit intensity here. The endless, palate-staining finish features fine-grained, fully ripe tannins that spread out to saturate the mouth, saline minerality and subtle lingering notes of cocoa powder and flowers. An extraordinary wine in the making, from a crop level of 27 hectoliters per hectare.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: January/February 2014
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 99

    Tasted at the La Romanee vertical at Domaine du Comte Liger-Belair. The 2012 La Romanee Grand Cru was astonishing out of barrel and now in bottle...well, I was right. It displays quite astonishing definition and mineralite on the nose that does not hold back. This wants to make an impression and it's going to make it now. The palate is underpinned by a silver thread of acidity, the finest tannin that Louis-Michel has overseen to date, profound focus and sustain on the finish that has balletic poise, a Pinot Noir that trembles with energy. Yes, it is awfully expensive but the quality inside the glass is undeniable. Simply, a magnificent wine. Tasted June 2015.
    Drink Dates: 2020-2060
    Author: Neal Martin
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  • 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

    • 49 bottles owned
    • 8 collectors