As one of the finest wineries in Morey St Denis, Domaine Hubert Lignier has long had a reputation for its fine wines known for their concentration, depth and structure. Hubert’s son, Laurent, is the next generation of this proud estate and is following his father’s traditional practices to ensure the treasures coming from the family’s impressive vineyard holdings continue to exhibit the best of their respective appellations.
The domaine owns 8.30 hectares principally in the villages of Morey Saint Denis. The Ligniers follow the principles of “lutte raisonnée” (sensible combat) in their viticulture: for example, the thin, clay and limestone soil on the slopes is not conducive to vigorous growth and limits the crop naturally. Of critical importance, the “sélection massale” system (i.e. replacing missing vines with cuttings from the same vineyard) is the only method used to propagate vines, a tradition that gives an extra touch of complexity and character to the resulting wines.
Traditional vinification practices are the core of their work: grapes are destemmed and fermentation takes place in open-top cement tanks that allow manual pigéage. Only natural yeasts are used. All work in the cellar that requires movement of the wine is done by gravity; the wines are never pumped.