Thibault Liger-Belair Bourgogne Les Grands Chaillots 2018

Thibault Liger-Belair Bourgogne Les Grands Chaillots 2018

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This is a very unique cuvée as it combines the fruit of our estate with that from growers from whom we have been purchasing grapes for decades. One-third of the grapes for this wine come from a 0.8ha estate parcel in Nuits-Saint-Georges planted in 1986 on very fine, silted soil. The other two-thirds come from 45-80 year old vineyards in Marsannay, Côtes de Nuits, Beaune and Ladoix Serrigny. We oversee and harvest all of the fruit we purchase from these sites.

My intent with this wine is always about approachability, but yet ageability. Most Bourgogne appellation wines are intended for quick consumption, whereas this wine has beautiful structure with surprising length, spice and the potential to age for many years. All manually-harvested, the grapes are partially destemmed and gently extracted before a standard 3-week fermentation and aging in neutral wood for approximately 18 months.

Press Notes:

87-89 Points, Neal Martin, Vinous Media: “The 2018 Bourgogne Grand Chaillots is a mix of Chambolle-Musigny and Nuits Saint-Georges fruit, and it had been racked two weeks prior to my visit in December. It has a pretty raspberry and cranberry bouquet, floral in style, with subtle vanilla notes emerging with time; you cannot detect the 20% whole bunch. The medium-bodied palate offers sappy red fruit, and the whole bunch lends freshness and a subtle pepperiness toward the finish. Very fine."