Background information


  • In vintage 1996: no information about batonnage.
  • In vintage 1999: "less batonnage than normal."
  • In vintage 2000: no information on batonnage.
  • In vintage 2001: "did a bit more batonnage than usual."
  • In vintage 2005: "the Drouhins do not do much batonnage, choosing instead to roll the barrels, which stirs up the lees witout areating the wine."
  • In vintage 2007: Drouhin now uses unbleached corks and the coatings are 100% paraffin (no silicone).
  • (Apr '10) Laurent Drouhin says increased sulfur use and a vertical pneuma press (didn't catch exact name) for 1er and Grand

Wines

1985

  • Montrachet - Marquis de Laguiche (June 2012): Not Oxidized. Not profound, but delightful. A little early for these PreMox pages, but occasional reminders of aged Montrachet surely have value. [NTyson]

1986

  • Montrachet - Marquis de Laguiche (August 2012): Not Oxidized. In fact, incredibly youthful. I think I opened this 5- 10 years too soon, looked and tasted much younger than the 2001 Sauzet Le Montrachet that was alongside. A really beautiful wine. [P Mesrobian]

1989

  • Montrachet (Oct 2011): purchased on release, shared with A. Meadows, clearly fabulous and still youthful, Wow [R Younger]

1992

  • Meursault 1er Cru Les Perrières (Mar 2011): showing oxidation on the nose but still relitively fresh on the palate for its age [droch]
  • Montrachet - Marquis de Laguiche (Mar 2015): no oxidation, great bottles [J. Poell]

1995

  • Chassagne Marquis De Laguiche (Dec 2004): oxidised [T Blach]
  • Puligny Montrachet Folatieres (Oct 2007): 2 bottles clearly oxidized, 1 mildly oxidized [R Younger]
  • Puligny Montrachet Folatieres (Sept 2008): 2 bottles oxidized[ R Younger]
  • Batard-Montrachet Grand Cru (March 2013): 1 btl completely oxidized. dark gold, undrinkable wine. [Beau Carufel]
  • Montrachet Grand Cru Marquis De Laguiche (Feb 2013): not oxidised, slight funk on open blew off. Opened at EMP Nyc. [N. Lau]

1996

  • Beaune Clos De Mouches Blanc (Sep 2004): early signs of oxidation, fading quickly [John Gilman]
  • Beaune Clos De Mouches Blanc (Apr 2008): not oxidised [Jan-Tore Egge]
  • Beaune Clos De Mouches Blanc (Oct 2008): not oxidised [Jan-Tore Egge]
  • Chablis Clos (Dec 2003 & Aug 2004): oxidised, undrinkble [David Wästberg]
  • Chablis Clos (March 2010) not oxidised, no signs of oxidation, incredible wine [Courl]
  • Chassagne Marquis de Laguiche (Aug 2006): Not oxidized. Ripe, powerful, angular. [Kurt]
  • Corton Charlemagne (15 Nov 2005): no sign of oxidation, but not great wine [Don Cornwell]
  • Corton Charlemagne (23 Jan 2008): not oxidized, very nice [Dave Dalluge]
  • Corton Charlemagne (Feb 2013): 2 bottles purchased on release - not oxidized, powerful and impressive [R Younger]
  • Montrachet (Sep 2004): early signs of oxidation, fading quickly [John Gilman]
  • Montrachet (07 Jul 2005): controversial. I detected no overt signs of oxidation, but the color was medium gold (similar to the 96 Leflaive Chevalier on 7/27), rated 93. However, another member of the board at the same tasting (Howard Horwitz) did think the Montrachet was oxidized. [Don Cornwell]
  • Montrachet (08 Mar 2011): not oxidized. See 95-2000 Retrospective Notes. [Don Cornwell]
  • Montrachet (Apr 2006) 2 bottles oxidised. [Karl Wee]
  • Montrachet Marquis de Laguiche (Dec 2009): Perfect cork, great colour and delicious.[Victor Franco]
  • Montrachet Marquis de Laguiche (Aug 2012): not oxidized [droch]
  • Montrachet Marquis de Laguiche (Feb 2013): 2 bottles purchased on release - not oxidized [R Younger]
  • Saint-Aubin 1er Cru (January 2006): Not oxidized, pretty good wine [Frank Drew]

1997


  • Meursault-Perrières 1er cru (April 2006): no sign of oxidation, very youthful [JE Simond]
  • Meursault Perrieres (3/6/06): Very coloured, badly maderised [Sam Chafe]
  • Montrachet (June 2004): not oxidized, in very good shape, better than reviewed by Neal Martin & others [Paul]
  • Montrachet (Sept 2006) : gold colour, lacks depth and freshness, starting to show some oxidation but still rather good (JE Simond)
  • Montrachet (08 Mar 2011): not oxidized. See 95-2000 Retrospective Notes. [Don Cornwell]
  • Corton Charlemagne (May 2011): oxidised. A few bottles from a previous case were excellent years ago but maturing very quickly (JCC)

1998

  • Chassagne Marquis De Laguiche (Sep 2005): not oxidised [Michael Lux]
  • Beaune Clos De Mouches Blanc (Nov 2008): not oxidized and delicious [AT Bridge]
  • Beaune Clos De Mouches Blanc (May 2009): much more advanced, partially oxidized, still barely drinkable [AT Bridge]
  • Beaune Clos De Mouches Blanc (Mar-May 2013): From case of 12; 2 not oxidized, very youthful and delicious; 6 quite oxidized (very mature, deep gold color, honeyed nose, but still drinkable. The remainder are unopened. I do not agree with observations regarding poor vintage as a disqualifying justification to rule out premox on 15 year bottles: This entire case has shown a very 'binary' flavor profile, the bottles either being very fresh, or clearly premox'd despite identical aging conditions and provenance. All corks showed exceptionally tight, dense, regular and were in perfect condition once pulled. They were also very long, and none showed a drop of seepage, nor did the foil capsule. A visual inspection of the 2 corks sealing the good bottles vs the premox'd bottles has not brought any new elements to surface. An eye opening experience and clearly suggesting premox can be circumscribed to contamination from the wine container at some stage (barrel or bottle/cork), IMHO. This producer has used exceptional quality controlled cork in the bottling process. This clearly rules out the "variable cork density air permeability" hypothesis. I've opened bottles of aged Musar, a textbook example of terrible cork quality, and his older wines have shown far less striking signs of oxidation than these Drouhins, even when most showed various levels of seepage, which is the best indication outside air has permeated to the wine. [D M@llah]

1999

  • Beaune Clos des Mouches (Oct 2005): not oxidised; tasted again (April 21st 2008): not oxidized. [pep]
  • Montrachet (5 Mar 2007): not oxidized -- see related tasting notes. [Don Cornwell]
  • Montrachet (July 2007) - oxidized (Ray DeAngelo)
  • Puligny Folatieres (Apr 2006) - Not oxidized. Viscous, complex toasted grain notes. [Kurt]
  • Beaune Clos des Mouches (June 2014): not oxidized. Beautiful.(Kent M)

2000

  • Chablis Les Clos (July 2012): 2 bottles both tired and rather flat, disappointingly advanced for Les Clos (Adrian Latimer)
  • Corton Charlemagne (July 2009): not oxidised [Tom Reddick]
  • Corton Charlemagne (Nov. 2010) not oxidized; took awhile to open indicating it will hold for some years; outstanding [Paul Klevgard]
  • Meursault Perrieres (July 2008): not oxidised, very good [Paul Dellar]
  • Montrachet (05 Mar 2005): not oxidized [Don Cornwell]
  • Montrachet (26 Feb 2008): not oxidized. See 2000 tasting notes [Don Cornwell]
  • Montrachet (January 2010): not oxidized [S Lawrence]

2001

  • Chassagne Marquis de Laguiche(August 2009): 2 bottles, neither oxidized [Karl Wee]
  • Montrachet (August 2009): partially oxidized [Karl Wee]
  • Montrachet (May 2010): not oxidized, delicious, ready [Bill Lawrence]
  • Montrachet (July 2010): not oxidized, excellent [Bill Lawrence]
  • Montrachet (28 Jan 2012): not oxidized, stunning, ready [TSim@rud]
  • Montrachet (Mar 2012): not oxidized, but not as good as the bottle in Jan due to bottle variation [TSim@rud]

2002

  • Beaune Clos des Mouches (Feb 2010): [from 375mL], completely oxidized, undrinkable [S Lawrence]
  • Beaune Clos des Mouches (Apr 2010): not oxidized (Adrian Latimer)
  • Chablis Bougros (June 2012): not oxidised, bit oaky (Adrian Latimer)
  • Chablis Les Clos (Aug 2012): not oxidised but also caramel oaky (Adrian Latimer)
  • Meursault-Perrières (May 2009): 2 bottles, one advanced but drinkable, the second down the sink [Joe Durnell]
  • Meursault-Perrieres (Sept 09 - Feb 10): 4btls from a case, all oxidised [GMatt]
  • Meursault-Perrieres (August 2011) 2 bottles both oxidized. [P. O'Neill]
  • Montrachet (4 Mar 2010): not oxidized, but honeyed aromas and quite drying on the palate --an effect similar to excessive wood tannins a red; slighly hot from high alcohol as well. See 2002 Tasting Notes, Night Three [Don Cornwell]

2003

  • Puligny Les Folatieres (2008): Two bottles, rich, ripe and structured. Some maderisation next day [Sam Chafe]
  • Montrachet Marquis de Laguiche (Mar 2011): not oxidized [droch]

2004

  • Chablis Montmains(June 2010): Not oxidized, very good example. [Frank Drew]
  • Montrachet (March 2009): Magnum. Extremely oxidized [Rajiv Ayyangar]
  • Beaune Clos des Mouches (Apr & Aug 2011 & May 2012): not oxidized, delicious (Adrian Latimer)
  • Meursault-Perrieres (March 2012) 2 bottles both delicious (one a bit more advanced than expected) [David Sugarman]
  • Meursault-Perrieres (May 2012): Slightly oxidized, marginally drinkable [Chuck Miller]
  • Montrachet - Marquis de Laguiche (Aug 2013): No oxidation, still tight [R Younger]
  • Montrachet - Marquis de Laquiche (March 2014) : No oxidation, nice [B henry]
  • Beaune Clos des Mouches (November 2014): not oxidized, delicious (Kent M)
  • Beaune Clos des Mouches (January, 2015): not oxidized, unctuous(Kent M

2005

  • Corton Charlemagne (July 2009): not oxidised [Tom Reddick]
  • Chablis Vaudesir (Feb 2010) not oxidized long, mineral and delicious [S Camhi]
  • Chablis Vaudesir (Oct 2012): not oxidized [MLT]
  • Beaune Clos des Mouches (Jul 2010) perfect, no signs of oxidation [Michael Malinoski]
  • Meursault Perrieres ( Aug 2012 ) 3 bottles purchased on release-not oxidized-tight [R.Younger]
  • Meursault Perrières (Aug 2015): 3 bottles not oxidized [R Younger]
  • Montrachet - Marquis de Laguiche (November 2012) oxidized, so sad [Paul Ferrari]
  • Puligny Montrachet (Feb 2014) not oxidized, drinking well [N. Lau]

2006

  • Beaune Clos de Mouches (Apr 2010) : not oxidized. [Andrew Hall]
  • Chablis 1er Cru (Aug 2008): not oxidized [droch]
  • Chassagne Montrachet Marquis de Laguiche 1er Cru (Dec 2013): Not oxidized. Le Comptoir du Relais, Paris [N. Lau]
  • Chassagne Montrachet Marquis de Laguiche 1er Cru (Feb 2014): Not oxidized. Absolutely fantastic [N. Lau]
  • Chassagne Montrachet Marquis de Laguiche 1er Cru (Jul 2014): Not oxidized. Absolutely fantastic (Clove Club London) [N. Lau]
  • Chassagne Montrachet Marquis de Laguiche 1er Cru (Oct 2014): Not oxidized. [N. Lau]
  • Chassagne Montrachet Marquis de Laguiche 1er Cru (Nov 2014): Not oxidized. [N. Lau]
  • Meursault "Les Perrières" (Feb 2010): Oxidized [Jayaram Bhat]
  • Meursault "Les Perrières" (May 2012): Pale, not oxidized [David Honig]
  • Puligny Montrachet (May 2010): not oxidized but mature [Bill Lawrence]
  • Puligny Montrachet (Nov 2011): not oxidized and very nice [Adrian Latimer]

2007
  • Chablis Les Clos (Aug 2015): a beauty. not oxidized. [N. Lau]
  • Meursault Perrieres (July 2013): 2 bottles both flabby and flat, drinkable but not at all 07 Perrieres. Start of premox? (Adrian Latimer)
  • Meursault Perrières (Aug 2015): early premox [R Younger]

2008
  • Chassagne Morgeot Mqs de Laguiche (Juy 2013): 2 bottles not oxidised, highish acidity. (Adrian Latimer)
  • Chassagne Morgeot Mqs de Laguiche (Oct 2014): Not oxidized. [N. Lau]
  • Chassagne Morgeot Mqs de Laguiche (Dec 2014): Not oxidized. [N. Lau
  • Chassagne Morgeot Mqs de Laguiche (Feb 2015): Not oxidized. [N. Lau]
  • Chassagne Morgeot Mqs de Laguiche (Feb 2015): Not oxidized. [N. Lau]
  • Chablis Vaudesir ( Dec. 2015) 3 of 10 bottles not drinkable, 2 of 10 partially pre-mox [b.henry]
Meursault "Les Perrières" (Feb 2010): Oxidized [Jayaram Bhat]