2005 Domaine du Comte Liger-Belair La Romanee Burgundy - 750ml

2005 Domaine du Comte Liger-Belair La Romanee Burgundy - 750ml

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2005 Domaine du Comte Liger-Belair La Romanee Burgundy
Louis-Michel Liger-Belair founded this Domaine in 2000, but the Liger-Belair family has been making fine wines in Vosne-Romanée for almost 200 years. Louis Liger-Belair, a general for Napoleon, acquired the Château de Vosne and an impressive number of prime parcels in 1815. As is the case with the history of many Burgundian Domaines, however, inheritance laws caused the family holdings to fracture, and by the mid-20th century, the Liger-Belair family had returned to the military profession, with Count Henry, Louis-Michel’s father, attaining the rank of general just like their ancestor Louis. A young Louis-Michel, however, declared his intentions to eventually take over the remaining family holdings and he did just that in 2000 after finishing his studies in agricultural engineering and oenology.

Today, the glory of the Liger-Belair name lives on in this small-production but prestigious Domaine that counts among its holdings the smallest grand cru in Burgundy and the smallest AOC in France, La Romanée, of which it is the sole owner. Louis-Michel believes that the quality of the wines he produces lies in the vineyard; he maintains that the vine is a living entity and it should not be subjected to anything that we ourselves could not tolerate. The Domaine abides by the belief that the less one does in the winery and in the cellar, the better the wines turn out.

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.

Product Details

Varietal Pinot Noir
Vintage 2005
Rating 97 BH - 95 RP
Bottle Size 750 ml
Bottle Quantity 1
Country France
Region Burgundy
Location Cote de Nuits
Producer Comte du Liger-Belair
Color Red
Wine Type Table

Robert Parker

Robert Parker 2005 Domaine du Comte Liger-Belair La Romanee Burgundy - Tasted at the La Romanée vertical at Domaine du Comte Liger-Belair. The 2005 La Romanée Grand Cru from Comte Liger-Belair has a very refined bouquet, far superior to the previous two vintages with black plum, cranberry and subtle marine influences, though it is still tightly-wound at the moment. But there is real class here. The palate is medium-bodied with fine, supple tannin and very well-judged acidity. There is a touch of spice here, real tension with black truffle on the finish. This is an superb La Romanée but one that needs another few years. RP

Wine Spectator

Wine Spectator


Burghound 97 BH - There is enough reduction present to knock down the spice and fruit aspects of the otherwise notably ripe nose. There is positively superb density to the velvety, powerful and broad-shouldered medium full-bodied flavors that are seductively textured though the explosively long and almost painfully intense finish tightens up in a real rush. This is bold and robust vintage for La Romanée that isn't even remotely ready and one that will last for decades but the incredible potential is evident.

Winery Details

Varietal Pinot Noir
Vintage 2005
Rating 97 BH - 95 RP
Mostly new French Oak 
Liger-Belair Family
Region Burgundy
Location Cote de Nuits
Producer Liger-Belair Family
Louis-Michel Liger-Belair
300 cases (approx)

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