Pale yellow. Steely aromas of lime leaf, white peach and crushed stone. Tactile but fine-grained, with concentrated, deep flavors of peach and spices punched up on the back by pronounced saline minerality. In spite of its sweetness and fatness, this boasts a terrific core of spices and minerals. Finishes long and vibrant, structured and tannic but not phenolic or hard. This should evolve slowly and well. Score: 92-95 points -- Vinous, Stephen Tanzer, Sept 2013
Site: in the southern part of the Côte de Beaune, the estate of the Marquis de Laguiche is entirely located on the Puligny
side of the appellation. A very mild slope and a great south-east exposure.
History & tradition: at every period of history, a few vineyards have been considered heirloom treasures for their
incomparable quality. The Montrachet of Marquis de Laguiche belongs to this Pantheon. This property (2.06 hectares -
5.15 acres) is actually the largest parcel of the Montrachet vineyard and has been in the hands of the Laguiche family
since 1363. The Drouhin family is in charge of its cultivation and vinification and, since 1947, has spread and preserved
its worldwide renown.
Soil: brown-red earth, strewn with white, polished limestone pebble. The word "rachet" in Montrachet means infertile
land, where nothing can grow.
Plantation density: from 10,000 stocks/ha in order to extract all possible nuances from the terroir.
Yield: 48hl/ha. Low on purpose to limit the production of each vine stock.
Harvesting: by hand, in small open crates in order to preserve the integrity of the fruit.
Sorting: if necessary, the grapes are sorted twice : once when being picked, the second time on the sorting table at the
Pressing: very slow so as to respect fruit. Juices from the very last pressings are not retained
The wine goes directly into barrels after débourbage (decanting of white wine to reduce sediment).
Type: in barrels (0% in new oak).
Length: 15 to 18 months.
Origin of the wood: French oak forests.
Weathering of the wood: Joseph Drouhin insists on total control of the weathering for a period of 3 years, one of the
contributing elements to the elegance of the wine.
Throughout the ageing process, decisions are taken only after careful tasting evaluation. The data obtained is then
completed through technical analysis. As with every other Joseph Drouhin wine, absolute priority is given to the true
expression of terroir and character of the vintage.
Tasting note by Véronique Boss-Drouhin:
"An authentic masterpiece! This wine should be regarded as the yardstick by which all other Burgundies should be
judged. The colour has a splendid golden sheen. On the nose, a multitude of aromas are a pleasure to discover: floral
notes of lily of the valley, peach blossom, exotic fruit, honey, grilled almonds, even exotic woods at times. On the palate,
the structure is dominated by a harmonious roundness which never imparts any heaviness. The aftertaste is exceptionally
long and enhances the finesse of the whole. A glorious symphony of sensations!"
We are still surprised by their precise and intense aromas. The bouquets are extremely pleasing: these wines are rich and
finely balanced. Indeed these wines are so attractive and with such good fruitiness that they can be appreciated young,
Temperature: 14-15°C (58-60°F).
Cellaring: 10 to 40 years.