DOMAINE du COMTE LIGER-BELAIR BURGUNDY

Domaine du Comte Liger-Belair, founded in 2000, is a relatively new house in Burgundy, although the Liger-Belair family have owned vineyards in Vosne-Romanée since 1815. The domaine makes a range of grand and premier cru wines from vineyards in Nuits-Saint-Georges and Vosne-Romanée, with the tiny monopole of La Romanée providing Comte Liger-Belair's flagship wine.

The Liger-Belairs held a good portion of land in the southern Côte de Nuits in the 19th century, owning La Romanée and La Tâche as well as large portions of Clos de Vougeot and Chambertin, and a handful of premier cru vineyards. Unfortunately, a lot of the land was sold off in 1933 under Burgundy's complicated Napoleonic inheritance laws. What was left was farmed out to local vignerons and the wares sold to negociants.

In 2000, Louis-Michel Liger-Belair took over management of the vineyards and began to grow holdings in Vosne-Romanée and Nuit-Saint-Georges again. Comte Liger-Belair now produces the only wine from La Romanée, the Grand Cru vineyard on the hill above Romanée-Conti. The domaine also holds land in several Vosne-Romanée Premier Cru vineyards, including Aux Raignots and Les Chaumes, as well as in the Echezeaux Grand Cru vineyard and in a couple of Premier Crus in Nuits-Saint-Georges.

Comte Liger-Belair's mostly Pinot Noir-based wines are made using biodynamic principles, and vineyards are plowed by horse. Short maceration times are favoured to avoid over-extraction, and the domaine uses mostly new oak.

Domaine du Comte Liger-Belair's elegantly structured wines are highly sought-after, despite the domaine's youth. The La Romanée monopole wine is regularly among the most expensive wines produced in Burgundy.

 

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