2017 hubert lignier, morey-saint-denis premier cru, la riotte
Why We're Buying
Domaine Hubert Lignier La Riotte excels because it's a genuine expression of the terroir. The father and son team doesn't use chemical insecticides or weed killers, ensuring a traditional and organic final product. This pinot noir ranks among the most expensive and sought-after investments from Morey-Saint-Denis La Riotte.
The clay soils of this premier cru come into their own in a hot year like 2017, producing a wine that's fine, plush and aromatic. With 20% stems and 25% new wood adding well-judged layers of complexity, this finishes with freshness and savoury tannins. Drinking Window 2023 - 2027.
The 2017 Morey-Saint-Denis La Riotte is aged in one-third new oak and includes 20% whole bunches. It has an expressive bouquet with touches of mint that infuse the vibrant red fruit. The dense, fresh palate is medium-bodied with gentle grip on the entry and hints of sour cherry toward the edgy finish. Good potential here.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The supplest, most open-knit of Lignier's premiers crus from Morey, the 2017 Morey-Saint-Denis 1er Cru La Riotte bursts with aromas of plummy fruit, red currants, subtle spices and rose hip. On the palate, it's medium to full-bodied, supple and expansive, with a layered mid-palate, fine but chalky tannins and a saline finish. This will win friends in its youth.