Domaine du Comte Liger Belair   Vosne Romanee la Colombiere

2012 Vosne Romanee la Colombiere

By Domaine du Comte Liger-Belair

2012 Vosne Romanee La Colombiere from Domaine du Comte Liger-Belair, Burgundy, France

Within the patchwork of prestigious parcels that pepper Burgundy, the 2012 Vosne Romanee La Colombiere from Domaine du Comte Liger-Belair stands out for its compelling translation of terroir and time. The 2012 vintage, a challenging but rewarding year, demonstrated the resilience and adaptability of esteemed winemakers like Liger-Belair, coaxing forth an extraordinary composition under less-than-ideal circumstances.


Nuanced Nature: The Elements at Play

The growing season of 2012 saw Burgundy grappling with whimsical weather patterns, a scenario that put vineyard management skills to the test. Despite these trials, Liger-Belair's meticulous attention to detail and biodynamic practices shone through in their final product. Their La Colombiere vineyard – a stone’s throw from illustrious grands crus – imbues the 2012 offering with a distinctive balance and elegant structure.


A Chronicle of Climatic Challenge

The cool and sporadic rains that interspersed the 2012 growing cycle created a natural sieve for quality. As such, the fruit harvested from La Colombiere in this year is a testament to deliberate selection and nurturing care. For the discerning investor or enthusiast, this vintage encapsulates the art of winemaking resilience; finding poised beauty amidst climatic adversity is a trait reserved for craftspeople of exceptional calibre.

This particular bottling expresses a refined bouquet where redcurrant nuances twine harmoniously with undertones of exotic spices and a discreet hint of oak. On the palate, one is greeted with an intriguing tension between ripe fruit clarity and poised tannic structure – a dynamic dance that promises further grace as it continues its evolution in bottle. The 2012 Vosne Romanee La Colombiere offers an intricate interplay delivered with finesse, setting it apart within Liger-Belair’s impressive repertoire.

In conclusion, this wine, quintessential for well-versed portfolios focusing on Burgundian flair, mirrors an era where viticultural dexterity triumphed. It is an eloquent ambassador of its vintage and terroir, one that will indubitably reward patient cellaring with an increasingly complex narrative on the palate.

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Tasted at the Comte Liger-Belair vertical at the Château de Vosne. The 2012 Vosne-Romanée Les Colombières has a more backward, broodier bouquet compared to the village cru, the fruit a little darker with light violet scents. The palate is medium-bodied with supple, ripe tannin and finely judged acidity, plenty of salinity toward the finish. This probably just has the edge over the 2013 at the moment in terms of tension and should give a decade of pleasure or more. Tasted June 2015.

Neal Martin - The Wine Advocate, 30 July 2015

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