About Domaine Lignier-Michelot

By Paul Caputo

Virgile Lignier is the third generation of his family to work the vines of Morey St Denis, where they now have 8.5 hectares. Initially his father, Maurice, sold his wines to the négoce but since taking the reins in 2000, all of the bottling is now done at the Domaine. New barrels for the elevage, a good phase of the moon when racking, green pruning, ploughing the soil and no herbicides are all in place to support Virgile’s idea of ‘traditional vinifcation’ in order to make ‘wine with good fruit, good ripeness and a good balance’. The old vines village cuvées are seriously good, and great value too. Going up the scale each site seems to speak very clearly of its source and there is a brightness and energy along with full, seamless fruit.