Domaine du Comte Liger Belair   Vosne Romanee Aux Reignots

2012 Vosne Romanee Aux Reignots

By Domaine du Comte Liger-Belair

2012 Vosne Romanee Aux Reignots from Domaine du Comte Liger-Belair, Burgundy, France

Amid Burgundy's constellated tapestry of vineyards, the 2012 vintage emerges with a quiet dignity that entices the discerning investor. In this illustrious year, we find the 2012 Vosne Romanee Aux Reignots from Domaine du Comte Liger-Belair, a wine that pays homage to the mettle and guile of its vintner against a backdrop of climatic challenges.


A Testament to Patience and Precision

The vintage of 2012 was one punctuated by hurdles that demanded exactitude, patience, and a measured hand in the vineyard. Yields were curtailed significantly due to the vicissitudes of weather—a spring fraught with frost and hailstorms—extending an opportunity for concentrated flavours to develop in the surviving clusters. The result at Domaine du Comte Liger-Belair was a triumph of quality over quantity; "an iron fist in a velvet glove" exemplified by its Aux Reignots vineyard.


Refinement and Rarity: A Collectors' Clarion Call

Those fortunate enough to uncork the mysteries of this liquid treasure will be greeted by an intricate tapestry of dark fruit harmonised with the ephemeral whisper of Vosne spice—a signature of this legendary domaine. With a firm but yielding structure, the 2012 Vosne Romanee Aux Reignots from Domaine du Comte Liger-Belair unravels with layers of complexity only attained through meticulous vinification and serene ageing. Its beguiling elegance and underlying power hint at remarkable cellar potential—a paramount consideration for collectors and investors alike.

Within the delicate tension between resilience and refinement lies an invitation to explore a vintage that is distinctively nuanced due to its unique conditions—a narrative bottled within this exceptional wine.

To encapsulate, investors looking to enhance their portfolios would do well to recognise not just the name but also the nature of the 2012 Vosne Romanee Aux Reignots from Domaine du Comte Liger-Belair. Its scarcity and stellar composition poise it as one of those rare Burgundian gems where provenance marries poetically with potential, yielding a compelling chapter in any astute collector's narrative.

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Tasted blind at the annual "Burgfest" tasting in Beaune. The 2012 Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru Aux Reignot has a very reduced nose, so much so that it was difficult eking much out of the glass. The fruit feels darker than Cathiard's Vosne en Orveau 2012 - black plum and blackcurrant leaf, just a touch of morel, but it remains anchored to the stemware. Possibly this is a case of insufficient aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with sappy red berry fruit. The acidity is nicely judged and imbues the wine with balance and freshness, although I would have preferred more detail and personality on the tea-leaf stained finish that shows bona fide class.

Neal Martin - The Wine Advocate, 29 October 2015

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