Lignier-Michelot Morey Saint Denis Les Façonnières 2006
International Wine Cellar
Good full red. Redcurrant and licorice on the nose, along with the musky oak quality shown by virtually all of these 2006s today. Fat and pliant, with enticing sweetness to its flavors of red fruits, brown spices and truffle. The sweet, tongue-dusting tannins arrive late, allowing the fruit to open nicely and carry well. Began a bit lacking in lift but seemed to gain in grip as it opened in the glass. The 2007 may be more precise but this is considerably fatter.
From old vines in a clay-rich site just north of far larger Les Millandes, the Lignier-Michelot 2006 Morey-St.-Denis Les Faconnieres smells of smoky black tea, resin, sassafras, plum and black raspberry. Bitter herbal pungency and persistent smokiness accent the sweet fruit while fine-grained but abundant tannins suggest a firm structure for 6-8 years aging. This finishes with the energy and brightness kicked to the next level from that already displayed by so many of the wines in this collection.
This red hints at a core of black cherry, yet remains austere and firm at this stage. All the components are in the right proportion, so give this time to unwind. Best from 2011 through 2020.