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2016 Liger Belair Corton Charlemagne “Les Languettes”

2016 Liger Belair Corton Charlemagne “Les Languettes”

'It’s the soaring length that sets it apart. Hard to recall a Chardonnay with such persistence and line. You’d be hard pressed to find better.'
98 Points - Gary Walsh, The Wine Front

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  • Thibault Liger-Belair is cousin to Vicomte Liger Belair of Vosne Romanée. In 2001 he took over an old family property in Nuits St Georges, taking back the vines which had been contracted out to various share croppers, and leased a cuverie just down the road. The family jewels (his branch) consist of Richebourg, Clos de Vougeot and Nuits St Georges Les St Georges, to which he has added further vineyards and a few additional cuvées made from purchased grapes.

    The vines are now certified organic and farmed biodynamically, with horses used to plough the vineyards where possible.

    The Les Languettes is from a tiny plot in the Grand Cru of Corton Charlemagne. Given the miniscule yields in 2016, only two barrels of this wine were made, and of that, just six bottles are sent to Australia (they make 538 bottles all up). 50% new oak ferment, with seven days spent on skins. Minimal intervention, bio-dynamic winemaking.

    This delicate wine has a bouquet that is expressed in buttered notes, citrus fruits, lime blossom, fern, cinnamon and flint. As we age, aromas of truffle and leather appear. Chardonnay is surprising here for its concentration, distinction and balance.


    The plot is located in the commune of Aloxe-Corton, climat “Les Languettes”, south/south-east slope and on the highest part of the Corton Mountain. The slope is steep (about 20%). The soil is marly, rich in clay. Limestone alternates with marl, under a thin layer of rendzines.

    Slow press during 8 hours, Vinification and aging in barrel for 18 months

    538 bottles and 30 magnums have been produced for the vintage 2016.


    This vintage has a nice weight with a nice texture and a little juicy acidity for the lips. Aromas of pineapple and ripe peach with creamy notes and a smoky finish.


    'It’s from a tiny .15ha parcel, two barrels produced, and hence, 50% new oak. Spends 7 days on skins. Cop that! Can’t find a bottle image, so just imagine the one here is in a green bottle, filled with white wine. Importer: Jim Barry Imports

    Smoke, cloves, cool mint perfume, hazelnut, intense melon and grapefruit, almond – complexity. It strikes on the palate with outstanding grip and texture, tight acidity, something like fresh apricot in the mix, but it’s the soaring length that sets it apart. Hard to recall a Chardonnay with such persistence and line. You’d be hard pressed to find better, and while it clearly needs time to settle, the makings are emphatically of something special.'

    98 Points - Gary Walsh, The Wine Front

    'It is one of the best young white Burgundy wines I have ever seen.'
    Mike Bennie, The Wine Front