4,000 bottles. He forgot to bring water to rinse with so we rinsed with Montrachet! Round the table. Dense gold. Very rich and honeyed on the nose though Aubert suggest it’s more mineral than usual. Savoury and not at all sweet at the moment in fact. Dense but very tense and introvert – desperately needs aeration and time in a big way. Not the usual richness. Quite severe. Will it come together? ‘Yes, like the 1949’, which came together in 1971 when he got engaged and had dinner with M Leroy and his father.
Anticipated maturity: 2025-2040
Tropical fruit, butter and marzipan notes are all accentuated in the 2011 Montrachet. A hint of classic reduction adds freshness to balance out the wine s natural richness and opulence. All things considered, the 2011 is drinking beautifully now, but will probably mature a bit faster than some of the surrounding vintages. Today, it is quite expressive. Tasted at the 2016 DRC presentation in New York. Tasted at the DRC Montrachet charity event in New York.
Anticipated maturity: 2019-2027
Robert Parker 97
The Montrachet was picked on 6 September at a respectable 37.1hl/ha. Lucid in colour, perhaps a little deeper than expected, it has a multi-faceted nose that you have to monitor over one hour. Hints of almond and butterscotch emerge at first, then salted caramel, pralines and peach skin. It is mercurial and utterly alluring. The palate is intense on the entry and immediately expresses a sense of vitality and tension. This Montrachet is suffused with great weight in the mouth with subtle touches of orange peel, almond and hazelnut that ebb with time. It mellows in the glass but never dispensing with one iota of tension, yet seeming if anything to gain in volume. This epitomizes great Montrachet. 265 cases produced. Drink 2016-2030+.
Anticipated maturity: 2016-2030