- Thibault Liger-Belair Bourgogne Blanc 2013 Product #30357 (In Stock)
If you met Thibault when he visited the store last April, you learned that this very intense maker of very serious Burgundy has a fun side, too. And that’s what he lets shine forth in his sole white wine, just the 3rd vintage of this blend of fruit from two top southern Burgundy regions: Macon Loche, near Pouilly Fuisse, and Montagny in the Cote Chalonnaise. Just like Thibault’s more serious red wines, it’s made with abundant care and respect for naturally grown fruit and terroir. Here that means fermenting the wine cool (to maintain fruit) and aging it entirely in stainless steel so that fruit keeps on singing through.
You’ll love the generous, tempting, aromas of nectarine, Yellow Delicious, pineapple, fresh flowers, butter, hazelnut and spice. In your mouth, the texture is superb; big and rich and mouthfilling with no hard edges and just enough acidity and dusty mineral to hold the wine in shape. The flavors are big and generous, too, with notes of green pineapple, stone fruit, ripe apples, butter, hazelnut and more. Finishes with a nice burst of stone and mineral and lingering ripe orchard fruit that pulls you back for another sip. Wine Advocate gave the 2012 90 points and called it “an outstanding value at $23.00.” The 2013 is better, and better value, too. Snap it up!
- Thibault Liger-Belair NSG 1er Cru Les Georges 2012 Product #29165 (In Stock)
"Dark red stone fruits, black plums, spices, menthol and tar meld together in the 2012 Nuits-Saint-Georges Les Saint Georges. This is a decidedly ripe, racy Saint Georges that nicely balances fruit and structure. Raw and intense, the 2012 comes across as much less polished than the other wines in this range, especially the Grand Crus. Thibault Liger-Belair has been at the forefront of pushing for Les Saint Georges to be upgraded to a Grand Cru site. There are some years in which Les Saint Georges can hold its own with the Grand Crus in this range, but 2012 does not appear to be one of them." Antonio Galloni 92-94 points
"This is aromatically cool to the point of being almost mute though aggressive swirling eventually liberates the reluctant, pure and restrained aromas of dried flowers, earth, red currant and discreet spice nuances. There is outstanding intensity and detail to the almost painfully intense medium-bodied and overtly powerful flavors that enjoy impressive mid-palate concentration before concluding in a driving, firm, austere slightly rustic finish that is very Nuits in character. I very much like the depth of the underlying material and there is already fine finishing complexity. This should be excellent if you have the patience."Allen Meadows 93 points
"Slightly reduced aromas of black and red fruits, leather and minerals. Dense and thick, with terrific sappy intensity and complex soil character. At another level of complexity in the way it combines deeply pitched earth tones and high-pitched flowers and minerals. Wonderfully tactile wine with an explosive finish. This was the last to finish its malolactic fermentation, at the end of September. Liger-Belair is one of the leaders of an ongoing effort to have this vineyard elevated to grand cru status, and this wine could make his point."International Wine Cellar 92-95 points