2012 Domaine du Comte Liger-Belair Echezeaux Burgundy - 750ml

2012 Domaine du Comte Liger-Belair Echezeaux Burgundy - 750ml

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2012 Domaine du Comte Liger-Belair Echezeaux Burgundy - 96 pts!
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 2012
Rating 96 RP - 94 BH
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

Winery Details

Varietal Pinot Noir
Vintage 2012
Rating 94 BH - 96 RP
Mostly new French Oak 
Liger-Belair Family
Region Burgundy
Location Cote de Nuits
Producer Liger-Belair Family
Louis-Michel Liger-Belair
165 cases (approx)

Robert Parker

Robert Parker 96 RP - Tasted blind at the annual "Burgfest" tasting in Beaune. The 2012 Echezeaux Grand Cru from Domaine du Comte Liger-Belair has a slightly disjointed nose at first, but it melds together nicely in the glass, revealing pure blackberry and raspberry fruit, heather and fresh mint notes with aeration. There is focus and intensity here that builds before you. The palate is medium-bodied with sappy red berry fruit, very well-judged acidity, cohesive and voluminous with a very precise finish that indicates some very clever, judicious winemaking. This is an Echezeaux from the top drawer, confirming previous bottles that have excelled. 

Wine Spectator

Wine Spectator


Burghound 94 BH - Interestingly this is the spiciest wine in the range outside of the La Romanée that combines with a really lovely panoply of red and blue fruit and floral scents. There is excellent volume and mid-palate concentration to the fleshy and generous medium-bodied flavors that possess controlled power on the beautifully complex, balanced and long finish that is a bit less austere than that of the Reignots. This is also excellent and should drink well both young and fully mature.

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