Noticeable but not dominant wood influence frames the well-layered nose of various dark berries, freshly turned earth and hints of leather and game. There is good mid-palate concentration to the velvety and mouth coating flavors that terminate in an oaky and mildly warm but complex finish. This should also reward 10 to 12 years of cellaring.
Laurent Lignier racked this Hospices de Nuits wine into four year-old barrels as soon as it arrived in the cellars, which has allowed the wine to nicely integrate the smoky new oak elements of wines from this organization. The result is an excellent 2015, wafting from the glass in a lovely blend of dark berries, black cherries, venison, a touch of coffee bean, dark soil tones and smoky new wood. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and nascently complex, with a rock solid core, good soil signature and a very long, ripely tannic and well-balanced finish. Good juice. 2023-2060+.
The 2015 Nuits St Georges les Didiers Cuvee Hospice de Nuits (which Laurent Lignier purchases from the Hospices de Nuits) has a very elegant bouquet with pure red cherry, mulberry and mineral scents, somehow laid-back, almost nonchalant. The palate is medium-bodied—even though Laurent immediately transferring this into used barrels, the initial seven months in new oak still makes an imprint upon this wine. Grippy in the mouth, it should be afforded 5-6 years in bottle.(NM)
(the Ligniers took possession of this wine in May and immediately racked it into older barrels): Good full red. Aromas of raspberry and spicy oak do not yet show the complexity of the best wines vinified by Lignier. Good density and stuffing to the juicy flavors of red and dark berries and licorice lifted by a mineral component. Conveys a pliant texture but the oak tannins (the crus sold at the Hospices de Nuits auction begin in 100% new barrels) are obvious on the end, giving the wine a slight dryness that may yet disappear by the bottling.(ST)
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