Domaine Lignier-Michelot is a family story that started 3 generations ago, in the village of Morey-Saint-Denis, and now directed by Laure and Virgile Lignier.
The Domaine Lignier-Michelot is located in Morey-Saint-Denis, on the road of the great wines of Burgundy (Rue des Grands Crus), the same one that takes you through the Côte de Nuits all way down to the Côte de Beaune. This typical Burgundy estate produces “haute couture” wines: small parcels, small yields, and great wines.
The Lignier family has deep roots in the village of Morey-Saint-Denis and own some of the very best vineyard sites in the area. Virgile’s father and grandfather have always been producing wine, selling it to negotiants, until Virgile started working with his father in 1992. Today, Virgile is producing what many believe to be the best wines in this prestigious village.
The Domaine Lignier-Michelot now operates 12 hectares of vines, scattering across the villages of Morey-Saint-Denis, Gevrey-Chambertin, Fixin, Chambolle-Musigny and Nuits-Saint-Georges, which produces almost exclusively red wines with Pinot Noir.
In total, the estate bottles around 30 appellations in the Côte de Nuits, among them 3 Grands Crus: Clos Saint-Denis, Clos de la Roche and Charmes Chambertin. The estate rapidly gets famous of their seducing wines, revealing to the maximum finesse of the terroir. Virgile is a big lover of supple wines, low tannins, favoring the fruit. Almost all the wines have some proportion of whole bunches to keep the focus on the freshness of the fruit. Virgile is meticulous in the vineyards and seeks to be as natural as possible when confronting viticultural challenges. His goal is that which was often stated by Henri Jayer “to produce the finest fruit possible from which to work with so that the wine can make itself as much as is possible.”
“Meticulous in the cultivation, Virgile Lignier minimizes the interventions in the cellar in order to guarantee the purity and the greediness of his wines.”