More Vintages and Sizes of Etienne Sauzet - Batard-Montrachet:
Author: Allen Meadows
Issue: Issue 27
(from vines in both Puligny and Chassagne is almost 50/50 and aged in 50% new wood) The barest touch of bottling-induced reduction cannot hide the otherwise bright and expressive floral, peach and honeysuckle aromas set off against distinct lemon rind nuances give way to vibrant, pure and almost racy big-boned flavors that are unusually refined and blessed with buckets of dry extract on the stunningly long finish. Like the Chevalier, this is not a completely typical Bâtard but it's a wonderfully seductive effort that should age beautifully. I feel compelled to note that fans of "power Bâtard' may be underwhelmed but those who pine for a bit more elegance in theirs will be thrilled.
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International Wine Cellar
Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 134
($235) Very ripe, sweet nose combines citrus scents, marzipan and crushed stone. Suave, sweet and utterly mouthfilling, with an essence-of-orange fruit flavor complicated by a note of almond. This has compelling volume and density but the ripe acidity gives it shape and precision. More fruits than flowers today. Still a bit youthfully tight on the very long, almost painful finish. Offers great potential. I got the impression that this was Boudot's favorite wine of the vintage.
Author: Jancis Robinson
Sleek, not especially rich, savoury, dense, but not dramatic. I think you would have to wait quite a while to see why you should pay this much. There are more obvious expensive wines.
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