Thibault Liger Belair Nuits Saint Georges Les Saint George 1er Cru 2018

Thibault Liger Belair Nuits Saint Georges Les Saint George 1er Cru 2018

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The bottling from Les Saint-Georges has long been considered the flagship wine of the domaine. Located in the southern part of the appellation, Les Saint-Georges is one of its oldest climats, with plantings dating back to 1000 AD. A 2.05 ha plot planted in 1944, these vines are planted on brown, limestone soil, deep and very stony. This gives rich and structured wines, built for aging.

We have been a leader in attempting to have this vineyard reclassified as a Grand Cru, a project we have been working on since 2007. As with any AOC change in France, the process has been very slow, but with many spectacular vintages over the last decade in this vineyard, the potential for the upgrade looks promising. We must consider, and it is current benefit to collectors - once Les Saint-Georges is awarded Grand Cru status, the price of the fruit and wines bottled from the vineyard will rise exponentially!

Wines from this vineyard are rich and opulent, with a beautiful tannic structure that allows its complexity to grow for decades in the cellar. The grapes are hand-harvested with 40% whole clusters used during a 3-week fermentation process. With fruit from this vineyard, we attempt to aerate it as much as possible to open up the aromatics before aging in 50% new barrels for 22 months.

Press Notes:

92-94 Points, Neal Martin, Vinous Media: “The 2018 Nuits Saint-Georges Les Saint-Georges 1er Cru contains 45% whole cluster, a little more than last year. The bouquet features raspberry preserve, white pepper and bay leaf. The palate is balanced with good body thanks to a little more punching down during vinification. Very well defined and quite saline in the mouth, with an elegant, confit-tinged finish that lingers in the mouth, leaving cassis notes and marmalade on the aftertaste. Excellent.”