I have liked the La Justice bottling from Laurent Lignier since it made its debut in the 2009 vintage and the 2015 is again a very lovely example of the vintage. The wine is finer and more delicately styled than the straight Gevrey AC, wafting from the glass in a very elegant blend of cherries, red plums, cocoa powder, roses, a touch of gamebird, a lovely base of soil tones and just a dollop of cedar. On the palate the wine is fullish, pure and very suave on the attack, with a good core, modest tannins and a long, tangy and very refined finish. This is only 12.5 percent alcohol this year! 2021-2055.
A moderately high-toned nose combines notes of red and dark currant, plum, violet and a humus hint. The middle weight flavors are at once finer and sleeker if less concentrated and powerful, all wrapped in slightly clipped finish that is compact and a bit short. This is pretty but the balance isn't quite what it could be.
The 2015 Gevrey Chambertin la Justice Village was completely de-stemmed since Laurent Lignier told me that the vines here suffered with the dryness and lost some of their foliage. It has a straightforward, clean and pure bouquet with raspberry preserve and red plum aromas that gently unfold. The palate is well balanced with crisp acidity, tart red cherries and raspberry developing in the glass, leading to a citrus-fresh, slightly angular, but satisfying finish. I would drink this sooner than some of Hubert Lignier's other crus in 2015.(NM)
Medium red. Berry aromas are currently overshadowed by an intrusive herbal element that's unusual for the 2015 vintage. Supple and juicy but a bit green on the palate, with hints of cranberry, pomegranate and cherry in the background today. This was the only 2015 that Lignier chaptalized (from 12% to 12.6%) and it was also among the highest in pHs at 3.7. With modest mid-palate stuffing and a peppery quality, the tannins come off as a bit dry and the finish clipped.(ST)
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