This excellent Premier Cru Chassagne from the ancient Marquis de Laguiche dmaine. Citrus zest and toasted nuts beautifully framed by deft oak. Super concentration and power with stunning length.
Marquis de Laguiche
The Marquis de Laguiche is one of the oldest and most prestigious French families. Between the 14 owners in the family, the Marquis is the owner of the largest area of Le Montrachet in Puligny, and it has been since 1363.
The Drouhin-Laguiche relationship has borne beautiful fruit since the fortuitous meeting of Maurice Drouhin and the Marquis de Laguiche during the Second World War; when they met, became friends and decided to combine the Marquis’ ownership of a prime piece of the already celebrated Montrachet Grand Cru and Maurice’s skills as a négociant. Maurice bought two barrels in 1943 and the relationship has flourished ever since.
The Laguiche family remain the single largest holder of Montrachet hectarage, amongst a total of 16 growers. They now own 25% of the land (down from 50% previously) with 2.06 ha of a total of 8 ha, with five separate south-east facing plots in the very eastern Puligny side of the Grand Cru, reaching from Chevalier Montrachet in the north to Batard Montrachet in the south.
These days, Philippe Drouhin, the youngest of the triumvirate of Drouhin siblings in charge of the domain, and its vineyard manager, works closely with the eldest son of the Laguiche family. The Drouhins are very much in charge of essential decisions in the vineyards, such as deciding on which dates to harvest.
Site: south of the Côte de Beaune, not too far from the city of Beaune. It is one of the famous villages of the "Côte des Blancs" producing great white wines (the others are Meursault and Puligny-Montrachet).
History & tradition: the vineyard (2.26 ha - 5.65 acres) is on a gradual slope. Some old buildings, partially ruined, are found at mid-slope - the Abbey of Morgeot. It had two owners: men of prayer and men of the sword: monks from the abbey and the Laguiche family. During the French Revolution, the abbey was ruined but the estate of the Laguiche family was spared and remains to this day.
Soil: marl and limestone.
Plantation density: 10,000 stocks/ha in order to extract all possible nuances from the terroir.
Yield: 52hl/ha. Low on purpose to limit the production of each vine stock.
Harvesting: by hand, in small open crates in order to preserve the integrity of the fruit.
Sorting: if necessary, the grapes are sorted twice : once when being picked, the second time on the sorting table at the winery.
Pressing: very slow so as to respect fruit. Juices from the very last pressings are not retained.
The wine goes directly into barrels after débourbage (decanting of white wine to reduce sediment).
Type: in barrels (20% in new oak).
Length: 12 months.
Origin of the wood: French oak forests.
Weathering of the wood: Joseph Drouhin insists on total control of the weathering for a period of 3 years, one of the contributing elements to the elegance of the wine.
Throughout the ageing process, decisions are taken only after careful tasting evaluation. The data obtained is then completed through technical analysis. As with every other Joseph Drouhin wine, absolute priority is given to the true expression of terroir and character of the vintage.