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Thibault Liger-Belair Corton Grand Cru 'Les Renardes' 2011 - 91pts Burghound (750ml)

Thibault Liger-Belair Corton Grand Cru 'Les Renardes' 2011 - 91pts Burghound (750ml)

"There is enough reduction to notice along with floral nuances but I would definitely advise decanting this if you're going to try one young. Otherwise there is plenty of earth character on the broad-shouldered and impressively scaled flavors that brim with both dry extract and plenty of power before culminating in a solidly complex, focused and notably persistent finish. This balanced effort should benefit substantially from mid-term plus cellaring." 91pts Burghound


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 located high on the eastern slopes of the Montagne de Corton hill and is characterized by pebbly, marlstone soils rich in iron oolite, which reputedly impart the rich, gamey character for which Corton Renardes wines are known. There are various tales about the etymology of the climat's name, which means 'The Vixens'. Some imply that the 'foxy' hints in the climat's wines were the inspiration, while others suggest that (consciously or not) its winemakers have encouraged the animal aromas in their Renardes wines to suit the name. As with so many Burgundian fables, the truth is of little importance; it's the romance and debate which capture the imagination. The classic Corton red wine is rich and relatively tannic, meaning that it is quite austere in its youth but develops well with age. Corton tasting notes often refer to flavors of violets, forest berries, leather and earthy notes.

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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