95-97 points William Kelley (Wine Advocate): "The king of the cellar, Lignier's 2017 Clos de la Roche Grand Cru is superb, wafting from the glass with a complex bouquet of red and black cherries, cassis, warm spices, incense and grilled game bird. On the palate, the wine is full-bodied, layered and complete with striking depth and dimension, rich but satiny structuring tannins and excellent structural tension at the core, concluding with a long and penetrating finish. It's a magical wine that will merit ardent pursuit when it's released next year. (Jan 2019)"
96+ points John Gilman (View From the Cellar): "Laurent Lignier’s Clos de la Roche was also raised in one third new oak in 2017 and included twenty percent whole clusters. It is one of the most beautiful wines of the vintage, as it delivers a refined and sappy aromatic constellation of black cherries, black plums, a very complex base of soil, spit-roasted venison, woodsmoke, mustard seed and cedary oak. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and very pure on the attack, with the vintage’s sappy core of fruit, great transparency, suave, refined tannins and a very, very long and promising finish that closes with outstanding energy and grip. This is a young puppy, but it will reward patience with unbridled beauty. 2030-2090. (Nov/Dec 2018)"
93-96 points Jasper Morris, MW: "Brilliant bright purple, beautiful nose, quite yeasty, this is stern but sublime, really tightly wound, great concentration without any feeling of sumptuous stuffing. More raspberry than strawberry, the same purity that we see throughout the range and excellent persistence. (Mar 2019)"
95 points Tim Atkin, MW (Decanter): "Lignier's 0.99ha holdings in Monts Luisants and Fremières were hit by hail in 2017, so Laurent reduced the amount of stems to 20%. This is not a blockbuster grand cru, but it's still a stylish, nuanced wine with well handled 30% new oak and detailed, silky tannins. Drinking Window: 2024-2029. (Nov 2018)"
95 points Neal Martin (Vinous): "The 2017 Clos-de-la-Roche Grand Cru has an expressive bouquet that is a dead ringer for a Dujac, conveying plenty of energy and earthy black fruit laced with undergrowth and sea cave scents. The palate is medium-bodied with grainy tannins and quite a firm backbone. Fresh from the start to the refreshing, elegant, saline finish that gets the saliva flowing. Excellent. Drink: 2024-2050. (Jan 2020)"
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