Clos de la Roche Grand Cru
The Ligniers own just under a hectare in this hallowed grand cru, split among two plots: 0.62 ha. in the climat of Monts Luisants, and 0.28 ha. in Les Fremières. Laurent’s grandfather Henri planted the first vines here in 1955 and propagated the remainder of the holdings via selection massale between 1960 and 1966. The site’s particular terroir—a few inches of pebble-strewn topsoil above solid limestone rock—yields a wine of unfathomable mineral intensity, with rugged spices and a profound sense of earth framing its flinty, smoke-tinged core. One of the most iconic wines in our portfolio, Lignier’s Clos de la Roche is also one of the greatest wines in Burgundy. Spending seven seasons in barrel (one-third new), it should be cellared with utmost patience.