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Louis-Michel Liger-Belair

Domaine du Comte Liger-Belair - Burgundy, France

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The Comtes Liger-Belair family settled in Vosne-Romanée when Louis Liger-Belair, Napoleonic general, acquired the Château de Vosne in 1815. The Domaine grew considerably under the general’s direction and continued expanding under his successor and adopted son, Comte Louis-Charles, the son of his sister. He married Ludovie Marey and thus became inscribed in the history of this family who had been owners and negociants in Burgundy since 1720.

At the death of Comte Edgar, son of Comte Louis-Charles, the Domaine extended over more than sixty hectares (150 acres), principally in the Côte de Nuits with ownership of some of the most prestigious Bourgogne ‘climats’: the monopoles of La Romanée, La Tâche, La Grande Rue, a large portion of Malconsorts, parcels of Chaumes, Reignots, and Suchots in Vosne-Romanée, Vaucrains in Nuits-St.-Georges, Clos de Vougeot
and Cras in Vougeot, Chambolle, Morey, as well
as Chambertin.

On August 31st 1933, at the town hall of Vosne-Romanée, the vineyards of the elder branch of the family were auctioned off following an inheritance issue. However, two of the children, a priest, and his brother, the Comte Michel, banded together to buy back during this auction their beloved La Romanée, a part of Aux Reignots and les Chaumes. The vineyards were entrusted to local vignerons and sales to Burgundian negociants.

The Comte Michel died in 1941 during the war, before he could redevelop the Domaine. His son,
the Comte Henry, Louis Michel’s father, enlisted in the army in 1947 and rose to the rank of General like his forefather six generations earlier. He did not directly operate the vineyard but maintained and developed the Domaine as much as he could.

In 2000, his son, Comte Louis-Michel, an engineer and oenologist, began controlling of all aspects of production, from vineyard to bottle.  All vines and wines receive the same care, from Village appellation to Grand Cru. The priority is the work of the soil; the vine is tended through Certified Biological and Biodynamic farming methods. Human intervention is by contrast developed to its maximum to the vine but is reduced as much as possible in both the winery and cellar.

This bicentennial Domaine now covers 10,5 ha (26 acres), producing 15 cuvées from the villages of Vosne-Romanée, Flagey-Echezeaux, Nuits-Saint-Georges and Vougeot.

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