2016 Drouhin Montrachet Marquis de Laguiche

- 750 ml
99
JS
Availability: In Stock
$879.00
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84615-750-AI

Wine Critic Reviews:

The complexity and sheer magnitude of Montrachet is on full show here. A powerful expression of the largest holdings in the Puligny side of the vineyard. Grilled hazelnuts, grilled peaches, grapefruit and lemon citrus, as well as a layer of spiced nougat-like aromas. There’s a very long, concentrated and dense palate that starts out cloaked in flavors of rich peaches and glossy fruits. The flavors then peel away in layers as it sits on the palate, revealing a very focused, refined and essence-like citrus core with tremendous elegance and intensity. Drink or hold through the next decade. Or even longer if you desire.

James Suckling | 99 JS
(Montrachet “Marquis de Laguiche”- Maison Joseph Drouhin) With twenty-five percent of the ownership of the vineyard of Montrachet, the Marquis de Laguiche family was very fortunate to have the frost damage more modest on their end of the vineyard in 2016. Still, a fifty percent crop loss is far from insignificant, but happily, it has allowed the Drouhins to produce a proper cuvée of the wine in this vintage and the results are absolutely stunning! The bouquet here is pure, vibrant and bottomless, with aromas of apple, pear, lemon blossoms, gorgeously complex, chalky minerality, crème patissière and vanillin oak jumping from the glass. On the palate the wine is deep, pure and full, with a seamless sense of structural beauty that is quite extraordinary. There is plenty of soil signature, a great core of fruit, bright, zesty acids and a very long, racy and complex finish that is every bit as worthy as the loft reputation of Montrachet at its finest. A brilliant vintage of Laguiche! (Drink between 2023-2060)

John Gilman | 97 JG
Drouhin produced only a half-crop of the Laguiche Montrachet, harvesting it in three separate passages to ensure all the grapes were picked at optimal maturity, and the result is superb. Aromas of citrus zest, hazelnut, yellow orchard fruit, crème pâtissière, ripe peach, and a subtle framing of reduction precede a full-bodied, supple wine with a deep core of sappy fruit. It has impressive amplitude and dimension, and lovely cut and intensity. Elegant and complete, this is a lovely Montrachet and an impressive achievement in 2016. Drinking Window 2020 - 2040

Decanter | 95 DEC
The 2016 Montrachet Grand Cru (Marquis de Laguiche) felt very closed and taciturn on the nose when I tasted it, despite rigorous coaxing. The palate is well balanced with a lightly honeyed, spicy opening, more saline than the Corton-Charlemagne with a long aftertaste carried by a tang of ginger that leaves the mouth tingling. It will deserve 5 or 6 years in bottle, but it will be worth the wait.

Robert Parker Wine Advocate | 95 RP
(production here was less than 50% of a normal crop but Drouhin benefited by being on the Puligny side of this grand cru as the Montrachet vines in Chassagne were decimated by frost): Pale bright yellow. Aromas of ripe apricot, pear, smoke and iodine along with a trace of apple from a lot that finished its malo late. (Drouhin began with three cuvées, one picked very early, one in the middle of the harvest and one later on.) Thick, sweet and voluptuous in the mouth, but with its intense stone fruit flavors nicely framed by integrated acidity. Almost creamy in texture and harmonious from the start. Finishes with firm, dusty tannins and terrific palate-staining length. This really saturates the mouth and leaves the taste buds quivering.

Vinous Media | 95 VM

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Availability In Stock
Vintage 2016
Format 750 ml
Color White
Country France: Words fail us when trying to adequately portray France's place in the world of wine. It's downright impossible to imagine what wine would feel and taste like had it not been for France's many, many viticultural pioneers. Fine wine is the blood of France's vigorously beating heart, and it finds itself in many aspects of French culture. With a viticultural history that dates all the way back to the 6th century BC, France now enjoys its position as the most famous and reputable wine region on the planet. If you have a burning passion for masterfully crafted, mouth-watering, mind-expanding wines, then regular visits to France are probably already in your schedule, and for a good reason.
Producer Drouhin: Maison Joseph Drouhin's reputation only seems to improve as the years go by, and their wines are one of the most uplifting you will find anywhere in the world. There's a beautiful progression in terms of flavor when you compare young and aged Joseph Drouhin wines. While the richness and purity of fruit are always there, the wines seem to just grow in texture exponentially each year, so the are amazing for keeping in your cellar if you can resist uncorking them early. They are still wonderful while young, so it is in no way a waste, and they can perform at any fancy event you can think up for them. Expect the berries to almost crunch in your mouth as they massage your tastebuds.
Rating 99 JS
Region Burgundy: Situated just west of the beautiful river Saone, the hills and valleys of Burgundy stand as they have stood since medieval times, and you can almost hear the cheerful chatter of vineyard workers from miles away. Indeed, France's identity in the world of wine would be incomplete without the inclusion of Burgundy and its many viticultural achievements. Every little sub-region of the area boasts a unique soil composition, which, when combined with the area's climate conditions, creates an incredibly diverse and appealing selection of fine wines. Every new bottle is an adventure of its own, and a snapshot of its birthplace. You could spend years sampling great Burgundian wines, and you would still have a lot to learn, which is what makes the region so compelling for veterans and novice wine lovers alike. No matter what your taste in wines may be, there is a winery in Burgundy that could mesmerize your mind and make your senses scream with joy. And what better way to spend a comfy summer afternoon with your friends and family than with a classy bottle from some of the region's most reputable wineries? From the noble slopes of Cote d'Or to the flatlands near various settlements, let us help you on your journey as we explore Burgundy's most delicious and renowned wines.
Type of Wine Burgundy White: No one can express the full potential of Chardonnay quite like the visionaries from Burgundy. With an almost entirely single-minded devotion to the noble varietal in question, they continue to push the boundaries of quality, to the joy of their many fans worldwide. Discover the nuances of every producer and come out changed forever.
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Varietal Chardonnay: Isn't just the most popular white wine in the world - it's angelic. Anyone with a developed taste for fine wine would struggle to maintain composure after tasting some of the stronger vintages of this masterpiece. Aside from France and the United States, you can expect to encounter bottles from Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Argentina, Italy, Chile, and quite a few others. Every region that produces quality Chardonnay tends to add their own spin to it by including a lot of delicious fruits and changing up their techniques
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