Jamie Goode (Wine Anorak): “Juicy, bright, savoury and grippy with nice acidity under the raspberry and black cherry fruit. Grippy with high acidity. A juicy cherry fruit finish: very bright and a bit cedary. Very 2008.” 92/100 pts
Neal Martin: “2008 Domaine A & L Lignier Clos de la Roche Grand Cru 91 Tasted at Flint Wine’s 2008 horizontal in London. The nose is subdued at the moment with wild strawberry, orange rind and a touch of tinned apricot. The palate is much better with good grip and purity, redcurrant and dark cherries, firm grip on the finish. Very fine. Tasted February 2011.”
Wine Spectator (Bruce Sanderson): “Kellen Lignier, 36, an American woman living in Burgundy, was married to Romain Lignier. Romain took over the reins of the family estate Domaine Hubert Lignier in 1991. Kellen began learning about the vineyards and winemaking working alongside her husband. After his untimely death in 2004, Kellen decided to continue running the estate. To improve her knowledge and experience of managing the domaine, Kellen took an 8-month crash course in the techniques and laws of grapegrowing in France at Centre de Formation Professionnelle et de Promotion Agricole in Beaune. She supplemented that with parttime jobs at Domaine Anne Gros and Domaine de la Romanée-Conti.”
“Lignier made very little of the Charmes-Chambertin in 2008 (probably about 80 cases) due to lower yields. It’s 100 percent whole cluster, delivering rich, fleshy cherry flavors, all harmonious and long. Fortunately, there’s more of the Clos de la Roche, with its floral, raspberry, currant, chocolate, tobacco and mineral notes in a classy profile.
Vinous: “Upon Romain Lignier’s death, Kellen Lignier set up her own domaine with vineyards that were leased to Romain Lignier but that belonged to Hubert Lignier. Kellen Lignier made wine from those parcels for several years.”