The 2019 Montrachet Grand Cru is a little oakier and creamier on the nose than its peers, yet with enormous depth of fruit that crashes over the olfactory senses. But perhaps it needs more delineation? It seems slightly later-picked than its peers, giving off light caramel notes. The palate is medium-bodied and hewn from a richer style of this Grand Cru. Slightly viscous in texture, dense and powerful, it doesn’t quite possess the killer clarity and/or mineralité on the finish as the best in the flight. Impressive nonetheless, this is a Montrachet with real heft. Tasted blind at the Burgfest tasting.
Anticipated maturity: 2030-2065
An overtly floral yet restrained nose reflects additional notes of lemon zest, white peach and apple compote. There is outstanding volume to the concentrated and powerful large-scaled flavors that coat the palate with dry extract that also serves to buffer the citrus-tinged acidity shaping the hugely long finish. The Drouhin Montrachet is usually a wine of finesse and understatement though in 2019 it is more muscular and imposing and altogether impressive.
Robert Parker 95
The 2019 Montrachet Marquis de Laguiche Grand Cru is very promising, wafting from the glass with aromas of orange zest, honeyed pears, white flowers, citrus blossom and toasted almonds. Full-bodied, concentrated and enveloping, it’s rich and layered, with huge depth at the core and a long, saline finish.
Very generous of them to share samples of this! They have five very varied, especially in terms of vine age, parcels over 2 ha. 30–40% new oak. Cask sample on lees, to be bottled early 2021. Rather dumb on the nose compared with the Morgeot at the moment. Smooth texture and still extremely youthful with remarkable acidity. They say they are not looking for weight but for elegance and certainly this wine isn’t as hefty as most other Montrachets. It’s rather a shame to taste this now but there is fabulous depth and length and it certainly builds towards the finish.
Anticipated maturity: 2025-2038