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2017 Comte Liger-Belair La Romanee

Light label condition issue

Removed from a professional wine storage facility

Signs of past seepage; light label condition issue

Removed from a professional wine storage facility

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RATINGS

98Vinous / IWC

...shows a minuscule touch of VA on the nose, but not enough to cover the intense brambly red fruit underneath, or the veins of blueberry and violet; instead, it lends energy to the aromatics. The palate is medium-bodied with sappy red fruit, a killer line of acidity, and firm but fine, satin-textured tannins. This is full of energy and tension and finishes amazingly long and reassuringly luxuriant. Utterly sublime, and it surpasses my expectations from barrel...

97John Gilman

...complex and perfumed bouquet soars from the glass in a blaze of red and black plums, black raspberries, black cherries, a very complex base of soil tones, raw cocoa, Vosne spices, musky floral tones and nutty new oak. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and very pure on the attack, with a sappy core, great mineral drive, fine-grained tannins and outstanding focus and grip on the very long, very, very complex finish. Great juice.

19Jancis Robinson

...complexity and anticipation that you might expect from a grand cru: a touch of spice, dusty, chalky and with rare tannic finesse. Mineral but fruity and such incredible purity. There’s a hint of the oak but it is very much in the background. Fine-boned, bone dry and with incredible length.

REGION

France, Burgundy, Côte d'Or, Côte de Nuits-Villages, Vosne-Romanee, La Romanee

La Romanee is the smallest Grand Cru vineyard in Burgundy at just 2.5 acres. It is a monopoly wholly owned by the Liger-Belair family, now doing business as Domaine du Vicomte Liger-Belair, Chateau de Vosne-Romanee. Until 2005 Bouchard Pere et Fils was responsible for the elevage and marketing of the pinot noir from this vineyard, but that relationship ended Louis-Michael Liger-Belair completed his education and moved back to the family estate. La Romanee is directly up the slope from Romanee-Conti, the most celebrated vineyard in France, and La Romanee’s elevation ranges from 275 to 300 meters.

TYPE

Red Wine, Pinot Noir, Grand Cru

This red wine is relatively light and can pair with a wide variety of foods. The grape prefers cooler climates and the wine is most often associated with Burgundy, Champagne and the U.S. west coast. Regional differences make it nearly as fickle as it is flexible.