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Joseph Drouhin Chassagne-Montrachet Morgeot Marquis de Laguiche 2011

Joseph Drouhin Chassagne-Montrachet Morgeot Marquis de Laguiche 750ml 2011   
Sku: 1845893*

Situated in the South of the Côte de Beaune, Chassagne-Montrachet is one of the five villages making up the prestigious "Côte des Blancs" ("the slope of the whites"). It also produces a red wine. The white wines come mainly from brown clay and limestone soils. The slopes face East and South-East. The Chardonnay is the only grape variety used for the whites. Chardonnay was the favourite grape of Charlemagne. He granted land and Roman cellars in Burgundy to the monks with the stipulation that they expand plantings of this marvellous vine. During the Renaissance, the Dukes of Burgundy claimed these vineyards and cellars for themselves, the best of which are to-day part of the vast Drouhin family estate. This superb white wine comes from the estate of the Marquis de Laguiche, the largest owner of Le Montrachet. Since 1947, Maison Joseph Drouhin has the entire charge of the estate, from the cultivation of the vineyards to the vinification of these two famous wines and their distribution around the world. The grapes are picked by hand in small crates, then carefully brought to Joseph Drouhin winery in Beaune. After a slow and gentle pressing, the juice ferments in 228 litre oak barrels. The percentage of new oak varies with the vintage, never exceeding 40%, so that oak never dominates the fruit. The wine stays in barrels for 9 to 10 months.

Tasting notes
Chassagne-Montrachet Marquis de Laguiche has a lovely gold green colour. The nose is elegant, with pear, vanilla and apple as the dominant flavours. The wine is well balanced and round with a nice fruity finish. Very long and complex, this is a superb example of a great Chardonnay from Burgundy.

Technical notes
Site: south of the Cote de Beaune, not too far from the city of Beaune. It is one of the famous villages of the ”Cote 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.

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Country: France
Region: Burgundy
Sub-Region: Cote de Beaune
Appellation: Chassagne Montrachet
Grape Varietal: Chardonnay
Type: Still wine
Classification: Premier Cru
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