2013 Marquis de Laguiche 1er Cru Morgeot Joseph Drouhin
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Tasted blind at the annual “Burgfest” tasting in Bouilland. The 2013 Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Morgeot has a very composed bouquet with citrus fruit, a hint of licorice, rosemary and mineral -- an absolutely gorgeous bouquet. The palate is very well balanced with impressive fruit concentration. There is just a touch of viscosity and it feels harmonious in the mouth with a powerful, lightly honeyed finish that seems to caress. Bon vin! Drinking range: 2016 - 2030 Rating: 93-93 L&S (May 2016)
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Good pale yellow. Ripe peach and smoke on the slightly stunted nose. Fat, spicy and very rich; round and horizontal. Not especially strong in acidity but boasts solid dry extract and finishes with a slightly phenolic tannic quality. Seriously rich wine with a spicy aftertaste and good spine. Drinking range: 2019 - 2025 Rating: 91 Stephen Tanzer, www.vinousmedia.com (Sep 2015)
Gorgeous mineral plus sliced pear and apple character. Full and long. Subtle fruit with a creamy texture. Drink or hold. Rating: 93-93 James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.com (Jun 2015)
(from Le Grand Clos and Vignes Blanches). Like the Meursault villages there is a hint of matchstick to the lemon rind, petrol and pretty yellow orchard fruit aromas. There is excellent volume to the delicious and palate coating flavors that possess a firm acid spine that shapes and balances the lingering finish. There is a trace of warmth and this isn’t especially elegant yet this is one of those wines that manage to overcome its minor faults. 2019+ Rating: 89-92 Allen Meadows, www.Burghound.com (Jun 2015)
Sourced from the Marquis de Laguiche holdings that also supply Drouhin’s Montrachet, this is typical of Véronique Drouhin’s precise white wine making style. Forty-yearold vines and 30% new oak are used here, producing a comparatively restrained style from a warm site. Quince, pear and baking spices combine winningly on the palate here. Drinking range: 2015 - 2023 Rating: 94 Tim Atkin MW, www.timatkin.com (Jan 2015)
Due to be bottled in spring 2015, the 2013 Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Morgeot (under the Marquis de Laguiche banner) was cropped between September 30 - and October 8 and Véronique mentioned that the two parcels suffered a little millerandage in this year. The nose is quite forward and generous with fennel and white pepper infusing the citrus-fresh fruit. The palate is medium-bodied with a pretty, lightly spiced entry with touches of yellow plum and even a hint of fish oil. There is fine weight in the mouth with a sensual finish that lingers nicely in the mouth. Excellent. Drinking range: 2017 - 2032 Rating: 91-93 Neal Martin, www.robertparker.com (Dec 2014)
Pale yellow. Aromas of lemon, grapefruit, wet stone, wild herbs and anise. Sweet, round and rich but with serious saline grip to the pear, lemon and herb flavors. Finishes with an almost tannic backbone balanced by the wine's sweetness. I'd wait four years on this promising wine. Rating: 89-92 Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar (Sep 2014)
Despite the size of their vineyard holding, not all of Drouhin's wines come from their own domaine, but most of the other wines do come from long-term contracts, such as exists with the Marquis de Laguiche wines. In all but name these wines are 'Domaine' wines, and the vineyards are cared for and the wines vinified with exactly the same care.
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