2015 Domaine Joseph Drouhin Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru "Morgeot Marquis de Laguiche"

SKU #1349763 94-95 points James Suckling

 Love the density to this with dried-apple, pear and stone character. Full-bodied, layered and beautiful. Very exciting.  (4/2017)

94 points John Gilman

 The 2015 Chassagne “Morgeot” from the Laguiche holdings is an absolutely stunning wine, with more cut, grip and backend sizzle than most of the other premier crus in the Drouhin stables this year. The gorgeous bouquet soars from the glass in a vibrant blend of apple, pear, a touch of fresh almond, lemon blossoms, chalky soil tones, hint of the crème patissière to come and a deft base of vanillin oak. On the palate the wine is pure, full-bodied, focused and zesty, with an excellent core, great focus and grip and lovely backend energy on the long and laser-like finish. Great juice!  (11/2017)

91 points Vinous

 Pale, bright yellow. Classic scents of pear, menthol, mint and dusty stone. Juicy, intense, very youthful wine with dusty, savory minerality currently dominating its soft citrus and white peach flavors. Still a bit tart and disjointed on the back end, and quite closed in the context of this collection. This wine was racked last December and bottled in late February, like Drouhin's Clos des Mouches and Montrachet. (ST)  (9/2017)

90 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 Moderate reduction is enough to push the underlying fruit to the background today. Otherwise there is excellent size, weight and mid-palate concentration to the solidly powerful flavors that coat the palate on the sappy finish. Like the Embazées, this is not particularly refined but it does offer very good complexity and sneaky good length.  (6/2017)

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Varietal:

Chardonnay

- It's hard to believe that up until about 30 years ago, this extremely popular varietal hid behind the veil of geographical names like Chablis and Puligny-Montrachet. Now grown all over the world and bottled by its varietal name, Chardonnay has achieved a level of branding unlike any other wine. Surprisingly, though, what you get when you buy Chardonnay can differ greatly from country to country and even within one country, depending on the climate where it's grown and how it is vinified and aged. From fresh, crisp and minerally with apple and lemon notes to rich and buttery with tropical fruit overtones, Chardonnay runs the gamut. In France's Burgundy, Chardonnay is the source of the prized wines of Chablis, Corton-Charlemagne, Mâcon, Meursault and Montrachet. It also the foundation of exceptional Champagne, where it is blended with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier or vinified on its own into Blanc de Blancs. It is also extremely popular in California, and is gaining popularity in Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Spain and South Africa.
Country:

France

- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them.
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Burgundy

- The province of eastern France, famous for its red wines produced from Pinot Noir and its whites produced from Chardonnay. (Small of amounts of Gamay and Aligoté are still grown, although these have to be labeled differently.) The most famous part of the region is known as the Côte d'Or (the Golden Slope). It is divided into the Côte de Beaune, south of the town of Beaune (famous principally for its whites), and the Côte de Nuits, North of Beaune (home of the most famous reds). In addition, the Côte Chalonnaise and the Mâconnais are important wine growing regions, although historically a clear level (or more) below the Côte d'Or. Also include by some are the regions of Chablis and Auxerrois, farther north.
Specific Appellation:

Chassagne Montrachet

- A long, wandering village in the Côte de Beaune. Fortunately, what the workaday village lacks in charm, the wines more than make up for. Most famous for its white wines, which are lovely and delicate, Chassagne-Montrachet actually produces more red than white wine. It is one of the few places in the Côte D'Or where both red and white wines are produced from Premier Cru vineyards. The Grands Crus are Montrachet, Bâtard Montrachet (both shared with the neighboring village of Puligny) and Criots Bâtard Montrachet.