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Montrachet Marquis de Laguiche Joseph Drouhin 2011 (99JG) (750ml)
94 Points, Stephen Tanzer, Vinous: "Good pale, bright yellow. Aromas of peach nectar, orange, marzipan and spices. Densely packed, savory and fine-grained, with peach fuzz and mineral flavors lifted by a melony quality. This smooth, rich, horizontal wine really spreads out to saturate the palate. Finishes with terrific lift and length but no austerity. My sample held up very well for 48 hours in the recorked bottle." 10/13
95 Points, Allen Meadows, Burghound: "There is still a touch of wood remaining on the beautifully complex and wonderfully elegant aromas of spice, floral and white orchard fruit. There is stunning size, weight and sheer punch to the imposingly scaled, cool and admirably pure flavors that possessed an opulent mouth feel before culminating in an explosive and hugely long finish. This is breathtaking in its intensity and should amply reward at least a 15 years of cellar time in magnum format." 4/15
99 Points, John Gilman, View From the Cellar: " Last year, I felt the 2010 Laguiche Montrachet was about as fine a young example of this iconic wine as I had ever tasted. Well, the 2011 may well be even a hair better! It is so clear that the vineyard of Montrachet has captured something very special in the growing season of 2011, and the new vintage of the Marquis de Laguiche is a work of art, soaring from the glass in a magical mélange of apple, pear, lemon chiffon, brilliantly complex, chalky minerality, white flowers and a gentle base of vanillin oak. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and utterly pure and refined, with brilliant complexity, flawless balance, a superb core, racy acids and glorious, elegant precision and cut on the very, very long, laser-like finish. This is a brilliant young vintage of the Laguiche Montrachet, with all of the inherent beauty of this great vineyard fully realized, but I have to imagine that it will close down a bit after bottling and need several years to once again fully emerge. Finally, after all these years, I begin to truly understand why this vineyard was ranked ahead of everything a few hundred years ago!" 1/13.