Domaine du Comte Liger Belair   Vosne Romanee la Colombiere

2011 Vosne Romanee la Colombiere

By Domaine du Comte Liger-Belair

2011 Vosne Romanee La Colombiere from Domaine du Comte Liger-Belair

The world of fine wine beholds in its embrace countless narratives of vintages, yet the 2011 Vosne Romanee La Colombiere from Domaine du Comte Liger-Belair crafts its own tale with singular eloquence. As we delve into the tapestry of Burgundy's climatic chronicles, this particular vintage emerges as a testament to the resilience and adaptability of Vosne-Romanée's terroir under challenging weather conditions.


A Vintage Capturing Burgundian Spirit

Like a maestro conducting an orchestra amidst a tempest, the 2011 vintage in Burgundy was marked by winemakers' deft manoeuvring through erratic weather patterns. The 2011 Vosne Romanee La Colombiere proves an exemplary study in precision viticulture, showcasing how skilled hands can coax depth and vibrancy from a season's unpredictable clutches. This wine encapsulates the true merit of boutique production practices that Domaine du Comte Liger-Belair is renowned for.


Complexity and Grace under Duress

In a glass of the 2011 Vosne Romanee La Colombiere, one uncovers layers of red and dark fruits that intertwine with earthy undertones, hinting at the climatic juxtaposition of the year—bouts of warmth bookended by cooler periods. This dynamic climate gestated a wine that flaunts finesse over sheer power. A feather-light touch of oak lends subtle support to the firm but ripe tannins, harmonising the ensemble into an elegant finish that lingers with purposeful persistence.

In judicious amounts, collectors and investors will discern an appreciable structure that presages graceful aging potential. This rare equilibrium makes the 2011 vintage not only enchanting for connoisseurs but also enticing for those seeking promising wine investment opportunities.

Matured yet muscled with nuance, Domaine du Comte Liger-Belair's creation remains one which speaks volumes to those who listen: a poised investiture set amidst Burgundy’s historic vineyard quilt.


An Investment-worthy Vintage Emergent

For those considering adding a poignant piece of Burgundy's lineage to their portfolio, the 2011 Vosne Romanee La Colombiere shines as a distinguished candidate—an alchemy of nature’s whims and oenologic acumen awaits within its ruby depths.

In summary, Domaine du Comte Liger-Belair has bestowed upon us a manifestation of skillful husbandry intertwined with Burgundy’s hallowed dirt. It is a wine rewarding patience, blossoming fully as time weaves its magic into its already complex framework. To sip on this 2011 delight is to taste a moment in history; to invest in it is to hold a fragment of viticultural veracity in your holdings.

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Compared to the Village Cru, I found that the aromatics of the 2011 Vosne-Romanee La Colombiere less forthcoming and only reluctantly proffer tertiary, undergrowth-infused red fruit. The palate is more open with tart red cherries and precise, rather angular tannins that segue into a long, slightly saline finish that lingers nicely in the mouth. This is a fine Colombiere, though I find myself preferring the Village Cru just as much. Drink 2014-2018. I have been following Domaine du Comte Liger-Belair since the beginning of their “second coming” in 2001/2002, when Louis-Michel began taking back control of his propitiously located vineyards. Crowned by the monopole of La Romanee, they already had a head start, a scattering of parcels that instantly places the domaine in the first division. But that is not enough on its own. Over the last decade, the wines have become astonishingly refined and let us be frank, with prices to match. During the round of London tastings in January this year I refrained from taking any notes since Burgundy was not my ‘beat’. However, I did make an exception here, in part because of the sheer quality of the wines and also because it has become part of my January ritual. The original intention was to accommodate these notes on “Wine-Journal”, but I publish them here as part of my 2011 report for “The Wine Advocate”. Importers: Grand Cru Selections, New York, NY; tel. (212) 974-2500; and in the UK through Justerini & Brooks; tel. 0081339945935

Neal Martin - The Wine Advocate, 28 August 2013

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