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Thibault Liger-Belair Vougeot Grand Cru 'Clos Vougeot' 2011 (750ML)

Thibault Liger-Belair Vougeot Grand Cru 'Clos Vougeot' 2011 (750ML)

From a .72 ha parcel on the Vosne side near the top. The wines are aged on their lies between 12 and 18 months, depending on the ‘Appelation’ and the particular properties of the vintage. We never use more than 50 % of new barrels in the aging of my wines, but the older barrels never have more than three vintages passed through. During the whole process of vinification, aging and bottling we never ‘fine’ or filter the wines to preserve the integrity of their structure and their natural flavours.

The walled site is the largest Grand Cru in the Cote de Nuits. There are about 18 sub-divided lieux-dits within the Clos de Vougeot, reflecting the fact that ownership of the land was historically divided between the Cistercian monks who planted the original vines, the Roman Catholic Church and the French crown. These divisions became less meaningful after the French Revolution, when the land was confiscated by the state and subsequently sold to a rich banker. Today, the clos is divided into over 100 plots, owned by more than 80 individuals from various families and domaines. France's Napoleonic inheritance laws have meant that this type of multiple ownership prevails throughout Burgundy's vineyards. These divisions have had profound implications for the quality (and resulting reputation) of Clos de Vougeot wine. While in the past, grapes from all over the site could be blended to achieve a balanced style under a single label, the numerous different producers now have only their own small patches of terroir. Some produce grapes worthy of Grand Cru status, but many do not - meaning that modern Clos de Vougeot wine is of highly variable quality. To earn the right to bear the Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru title, wines must be made from at least 85% Pinot Noir grapes (Chardonnay, Pinot Gris and Pinot Blanc are permitted to a maximum of 15%) grown exclusively within the climat.

The soils vary with light chalky and gravelly soils on oolitic limestone, with good drainage in the north; softer limestone with clay and some gravel, and moderate drainagein the middle; and humus-rich alluvial clay and is almost flat, with poor drainage in the bottom.

Cultivation and trading wines has been a family business since the early 18th century. The establishments C.Marey and Comte Liger-Belair, created in 1720 at Nuits Saint-Georges, later quoted on the Lyon Stock Exchange in 1923, counted amongst the most important wine merchant houses in Burgundy. In 2001, Thibault Liger-Belair, son of Vincent, creates Domaine Thibault Liger-Belair to exploit the family’s historic vineyards.

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