Domaine Thibault Liger-Belair Bourgogne Rouge Les Grand Chaillolts FR 2020

Domaine Thibault Liger-Belair Bourgogne Rouge Les Grand Chaillolts FR 2020

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Burghound Wine Review

Domaine Thibault Liger-Belair. 2020

Bourgogne "Les Grandes Chaillots" 

Regional Red barrel
Score: 86-89
Tasted: Jan 10, 2022
Drink: 2023+
Issue: 85
Producer note: Thibault Liger-Belair commented that 2020 is a "surprising vintage in that such a hot and dry vintage produced such exuberantly fresh and energetic wines. The dryness was a constant concern but other than an August hailstorm in the southern part of Nuits, there were no other climatic incidences of note. We began picking on the 29th of August and brought in clean and ripe fruit that had incredibly thick skins. Yields were definitely on the lower side as the ranged between 21 and 22 hl/ha as there was just very little juice in the berries. I have done some sampling over the years and have established a baseline average weight per berry of about 1 gram. However, in 2020 the average weight per berry was .7 gram, which is 30% lower than usual and this pretty much explains why our yields were off a similar amount. Potential alcohols were all over the place at between 13.5 and 15%, which is still slightly lower than 2019. I used a high percentage of whole clusters, which I think helped in terms of preserving the freshness. As I noted, the 2020s are ripe yet still manage to be exceptionally fresh and bright. I think they should age well as they have everything that they need to do so." I reviewed several 19s in bottle below. (Vineyard Brands,, AL, USA; O.W. Loeb,, Lea & Sandeman,, Flint Wines, and Berry Brothers & Rudd,, all UK; L'Imperatrice Fine Wines,, Hong Kong).
Tasting note: Earthy and sauvage-suffused aromas include those of dark currant and soft wood nuances. The racy, bright, sleek and nicely precise flavors also conclude in a mildly rustic but delicious and lingering finale. This is really quite pretty and a wine that should drink well young.