Montrachet Marquis de Laguiche: White Burgundy Gem


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White Burgundy lovers - if you have yet to experience the Montrachet Marquis de Laguiche from Joseph Drouhin, you are in for a treat today!
Decade after decade, Domaine Joseph Drouhin has defended the high standard of winemaking established at the domain's founding back in 1880. Today, the domain is known not only for its great place in wine history, but especially for their quality wines, which are among the very best.   
Situated 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 of brown-red earth, strewn with white, polished limestone pebble produces a sophisticated wine full of layers upon layers of flavor. 
Historically, few vineyards have been considered heirloom treasures for their incomparable quality. The Montrachet of Marquis de Laguiche belongs to this Pantheon. This is actually the largest parcel of the Montrachet vineyard and has been in the hands of the Laguiche family since 1776. The Drouhin family is in charge of its cultivation and vinification and, since 1947, has spread and preserved its worldwide renown.
Some of our biggest white Burgundy drinking clients - that enjoy producers like Coche, Ramonet and Leflaive on the daily - consider this to be one of the best under the radar bottles of White Burgundy in the market today. While producers like DRC and Leflaive will run you over $10,000 for a bottle of their Montrachet, you can get your hands on a bottle of Marquis de Laguiche for under $1,000.
Magnums and one 6pk in Original Wood up for grabs today - Snag them now, thank us later.

2016 Joseph Drouhin Montrachet Marquis de Laguiche - 

A strikingly pretty and layered nose reflects notes of mineral reduction, citrus peel, acacia blossom, spice and essence of green apple. There is excellent freshness and terrific intensity to the big-bodied and tautly muscular flavors that brim with impressive amounts of dry extract on the balanced and explosively long finish that really fans out as it sits on the palate. This is very much still a work in progress and I would recommend not touching a bottle for at least 5 years and 12 to 15 would be better. - BH95 


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. - RP95 


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. - DC95 


2017 Joseph Drouhin Montrachet Marquis de Laguiche - 

This is youthfully restrained for now with exotic essence of lemon, lime and grapefruit. The intensity and purity of the aromas is really captivating. Strong, flinty minerals and stones, too. The palate has a very plush, richly textural and expansive feel with extremely powerful tension between exceptionally concentrated citrus fruit and extremely intense acidity. Wow! Try from 2022. - JS98 


As all of the vines for the Marquis de Laguiche Montrachet are on the Puligny side of the vineyard, the frost damage here in 2016 was less severe than was the case on the Chassagne side of this grand cru. Consequently, there was probably a bit less pent up energy here and the vigor was more easily harnessed in 2017. In any case, the 2017 vintage of the Marquis de Laguiche Montrachet is flat out brilliant, offering up a stunning bouquet of pear, apple, lemon, a hint of almond paste, complex, limestone minerality, crème patissière, vanillin oak and a lovely topnote of citrus zest. On the palate the wine is deep, pure, full-bodied and rock solid at the core, with superb nascent complexity, bright, vibrant acids and impeccable balance on the very, very long, racy and utterly classical finish. A brilliant example of Montrachet in the making. - JG97 


This is also quite aromatically restrained with its decidedly cool and relatively airy nose that mixes a dollop of wood toast with plenty of floral, citrus and white-fleshed fruit scents. The super-fine but intense and tautly muscular large-scaled flavors possess a subtle minerality that carries over to the gorgeously complex, persistent and balanced finish. As it should be, this is very clearly built-to-age and a wine that should enjoy an extended maturity curve. Don't miss! - BH95 

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