2005 was clearly a very ripe vintage in Burgundy; this example is certainly chock-full of fleshy fruit. Given my unabashed love of Morey I find myself liking this quite a lot.
Morey-Saint-Denis Premier Cru les Faconnieres 2005, Lignier-Michelot
A dense, ripe nose with layers of fleshy fruit. Indeed, the fruit is like some ultra-concentrated liqueur so intense is it on the nose. Not pretty or light, but voluptuous, buxom and charming. And there is a lot of charm to this wine. The palate has more of that fleshy fruit and a pleasingly ripe tannic structure. There is also a reasonable degree of acidity keeping it fresh. The balance on the palate is really quite good, and even if this is not a super-complex premier cru it is undoubtedly a fun, frolicsome mouthful. Burgundy is all about having fun, isn’t it? Showing most attractively now but there is enough to this to merit it probably deserving more time in the cellar.
Lovely TN David. I do like Virgile’s wines, though you do need to be in a lush (or is that louche) frame of mind. Charming chap too. I have found his 1er crus (especially Chenevery, Charmes & Faconnieres) to be a really big step up from his village wines, and well worth the extra. I picked up a couple of his 07s to try when I was in Burgundy last week – from the Caveau des Vignerons. Thanks for that tip !
Yes, it was a lush kind of Burgundy, but there is certainly a place for such styles in the pantheon of lovely things.
That is a great little shop in Morey. I’ll return on my next trip.