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2013 Hubert Lignier Clos de la Roche Grand Cru...$349.99
The 2013 Clos de la Roche Grand Cru, which is raised in one-third new oak and includes 20% stems, has a slightly sultry nose at first and demands encouragement, reluctantly revealing scents of blackberry, briary and granite. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannins and very well-judged acidity. This feels much more composed on the palate than on the nose at the moment, but there is wonderful length and the new oak is seamlessly integrated. Not quite up there with the ethereal 2012, but still this represents a worthy follow-up.
Rated 94-96/100 The Wine Advocate
2014 Hubert Lignier Clos de la Roche Grand Cru...$359.99
The 2014 Clos de la Roche Grand Cru has a very refined bouquet that takes time to open, but it is worth the wait: blackberry, dried blood, limestone and a faint marine influence (perhaps oyster shell) -- all wonderfully delineated and controlled. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, quite compact and dense at the moment, as well as very linear and precise; it is long in the mouth but not wishing to play around at the moment. Perhaps keeping its exuberance for later? This is an enigmatic Clos de la Roche this year from Lignier.
Rated 93-95/100 The Wine Advocate
The 2014 Clos de la Roche is bright, focused and finely cut. Translucent and wiry in style, the 2014 speaks to precision above all else. The flavors and textures are wonderfully chiseled throughout. Red-toned fruits, chalk and floral notes abound. Today, the 2014 is fabulous. It won’t be ready to drink anytime soon, but it is terrific just the same. This is a textbook expression of Clos de la Roche.
Rated 95/100 Vinous Media
2016 Hubert Lignier Clos de la Roche Grand Cru...$425.00
The 2016 Clos de la Roche Grand Cru is matured in 30% new oak with up to 30% whole cluster fruit, two-thirds from Montluisants and one-third Fremiers. It has an intoxicating bouquet that is extraordinarily complex: shimmering red berry fruit, blood orange, incense and a touch of crushed violet. The palate is medium-bodied with fine grain tannin, wonderful depth and harmony, laser-like focus toward the finish that lingers in the mouth. Stunning mineralité here—the tongue feels as if it licked limestone 30 second after the wine has disappeared. If there is a better Clos de la Roche then I have not tasted it (yet).
Rated 97-99/100 The Wine Advocate
The 2016 Clos de la Roche Grand Cru has scintillating, ebullient red berry fruit on the nose that just explodes from the glass. This wants to make an impression - and it does with heavenly crushed violet scents billowing with time in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with vibrant red fruit, superb mineralité, so much tension and intensity with a finish that lingers for over 45 seconds. This Clos de la Roche is clearly going to be one of the finest wines of the vintage. Tasted at the Domaine.
Rated 96/100 Vinous Media