This has finally arrived after patiently waiting and just in time for Burghound to increase his initial score from 91-93 to 94 solid. Liger-Belair makes a great Les St. Georges, and 2019 is exceptional, showing as one of the best examples of this vineyard of the vintage on par with Chevillons version at about $100-$150 less. This is a not to miss 2019 at this low pricing.
Here is a rare offering of one of the top Nuits St. Georges' of the vintage from the excellent Liger-Belair. The production of this Cuvee is very small and only imported in limited numbers. Liger-Belair's Les St. Georges was planted in 1944, totaling 2.05 hectares planted on very deep, brown limestone that is the basis for the richness and structure of this wine. Harvested by hand, this sees 40% whole cluster fermentation and 50% new oak for 22 months before bottling. 2019 here is fantastic, and we think that it has the potential to be one of the greatest of all time from Liger-Belair. Classic with concentrated fruit and beautiful minerality, this is the complete package and textbook NSG. A bottle that is going to love the cellar but even it in its youth, has a lot to say. We have a very friendly number on this bottle which typically goes for a bit more. Make sure to check out the great notes below!
Decanter (Charles Curtice) 96 points! "As close to grand cru as one will find in Nuits-St-Georges. The vines were planted over 75 years ago, yielding a powerful, majestic wine with just a little sauvage edge. There is a compelling savoury note on the nose, along with dense mulberry fruit. On the palate, there is great density and firm tannins, but there is also exuberance and charm, even at such a youthful age. This will continue to improve for decades to come."
Vinous (Neil Martin) 93-95 points! "Including just shy of 40% whole cluster, the 2019 Nuits Saint-Georges Les Saint-Georges 1er Cru has an outstanding bouquet of beautifully defined brambly red fruit, commingling with crushed stone and wilted rose petal scents. The tensile palate is medium-bodied with chalky tannins, a fine bead of acidity and a crisp, structured, classically styled finish. Bon vin."
Jasper Morris 92-95 points! "40% whole bunch. Very backward still. Mid purple, good weight of fruit on the nose but no detail quite yet. Thibault has been looking to make this purer and more precise, if less opulent, over the last few years. In 2019 there is a wealth of sucrous deep red fruit on the palate, almost too much, will this calm down? Lush liqueur raspberries. Needs more elevage to find its balance, I think it will."
Burghound 94 points! "A brooding nose displays notes of both red and dark berries, game, newly turned earth and a whiff of anise character. There is very good underlying tension to the sleek, detailed and tautly muscular flavors that also conclude in a decidedly austere, compact and mildly warm finish. This powerful and vaguely rustic effort will also require ample patience to arrive at its full maturity. Excellent. (Drink starting 2034)"