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Jancis Robinson Purple page 13/12/2011

Dom Thibault Liger-Belair, Les St-Georges 2006

16 Dec 2011 by Jancis Robinson

From ¬£49.50, $69.90, ‚ā¨60, 9,428 yen, HK$1,043

Find this self-indulgent wine

'Tis the season to treat yourself to something special, and reliable, well-thibault_lb_st_georgesdistributed red burgundies that are ready to drink do not grow on trees.

Thibault Liger-Belair (pictured) - the rather more, ahem, substantial Liger-Belair, as opposed to Vosne Romanée's Prince of Belair - is lucky enough to own almost a third of the 7.5 ha premier cru Les St-Georges, the jewel of Nuit-St-Georges (which was named after it, after all). Indeed, local gossip is that it will be officially elevated to a grand cru soon. Jump in before the wines are priced at grand cru level!

Like all Thibault Liger-Belair's vineyards, this has been Ecocert-certifed organic for some time and is always one of his big successes.

He does not make light wines. But nor are they ridiculously overweighted by oak. They are agreeably plump. I have tasted Dom Thibault Liger-Belair, Les St-Georges Premier Cru 2006 Nuits-St-Georges at least five times now, most recently in a blind line-up of premier cru and grand cru red burgundies, and scored it 17.5, writing, 'Rusty ruby colour. Like a heady fruit cocktail on the nose. Sweet start and very charming. Just ready to drink and drenched in easy-to-appreciate red fruit flavours.' I think it will have many delicious years ahead of it but it would be absolutely stunning with any special meal, especially one featuring roast turkey, over the coming weeks.

It is worth noting, however, that this wine has consistently shown well, whether during the en primeur tastings in early 2008 or in the much less forgiving context of the blind tastings of 2006 burgundies that I undertook in Beaune a couple of years ago.

Thanks to Thibault's unusually extensive holding, you can find this wine with several merchants in the UK and the US as well as widely in Europe and Asia. Best price of all seems to be chez Lea & Sandeman, who underprice Berry Bros by quite a margin.
Here are details of his distributors.

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