1999 Etienne Sauzet - Batard-Montrachet 750ml

France - Burgundy - Cote de Beaune - Puligny Montrachet | Grand Cru/ White / Chardonnay   |     Watch

BH 94   IWC 93(+?)   WA 93   WS 93   Collector 96
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Professional Reviews For This Wine

Burghound | Rating: 94

(50% new wood). Boudot is extremely pleased with his 99 Bâtard (he normally presents the Bâtard before the Chevalier) and with good reason. The opulent, strikingly perfumed nose explodes from the glass, in fact this is so showy that it's almost ostentatious yet nothing is out of balance. Lemon-lime aromas and a whiff of new oak lead to muscular flavors of solid breed and better definition than is typical for Bâtard or for that matter, any wine of this magnitude. For all its size and power, it remains symmetrical and solidly balanced by the ripe supporting acidity and the length is absolutely show stopping. This too is a reference standard Bâtard and while I prefer the additional complexity and detail of the Chevalier, it's a matter of preference at this level.

Drink Dates: 2008-2012
Issue: Issue 3 Burghound Selection Don't miss

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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 93(+?)

Musky, truffley aromas of pear blossom, herbs and menthol. Much fuller and more powerful than the Chevalier-Montrachet but less complex and less precise today. A typically dense, broad-shouldered Batard that very young but appears to have the balance for longer-term greatness.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 98

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Wine Advocate | Rating: 93

Domaine Etienne Sauzet's 1999 Batard-Montrachet has a fabulous nose of candied white fruits, juniper berries, poached pears, and sweet, sexy spices. It is medium-to-full-bodied, broad-shouldered, and reveals great concentration in its lush, voluptuous personality. This wine is densely packed with fruits, spices, perfume, and talcum-like flavors that linger throughout its long finish.

Drink Dates: 2001-2013
Author: Pierre Rovani
Issue: 133

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Wine Spectator | Rating: 93

Both powerful and subtle, medium-bodied, with lots of lemon and toasted oak, plus loads of fruit. Most impressive, it builds and builds on the palate, bursting with flavors on the very long finish. Needs time.

Drink Dates: 2003-2010
Author: Per-Henrik Mansson

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Collector Reviews For This Wine

Rating: 96
Author: Ricknat1
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 10/08/2009
Drink Dates: 2009+
The nose is a incredible with light scents of tree fruits and wet rocks. It is hard to describe the flavors except to say that they are exceptionally elegant and complex. Pure, classy and infused with a delightful minerality. The finish was at least 45 seconds to a minute and was the most delightful I have ever experienced in a white wine. Never miss a chance to drink this wine.

Average rating: 93, based on 5 reviews
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About This Producer

The domaine of Etienne Sauzet is made up of 26 acres, much of it in the heart of the premier crus vineyards of Puligny-Montrachet. Gerard Boudot, owner and winemaker of Domaine Sauzet, is seeking 'maximum finesse and an individual expression of the climat.' M. Boudot, who married the granddaughter of the late Etienne Sauzet, runs the domaine and has modernized and improved the vinification, making the wines of this domaine among the most sought-after white wines of Burgundy.

The estate has been bottling 100% of its production since the early 1950s. Boudot ferments and ages 100% of the premiers crus and grand crus in small oak, one-third new. The average age of the vines is 30-35 years. These are textbook white burgundies, brimming with flavor, yet elegant and well-balanced.

Wine Varietal: Chardonnay

Arguably the best dry white wine grape out there, Chardonnay is grown all over the globe. In addition to being the backbone of fine white Burgundies, Chardonnay is also one of the three major grape varieties used in producing Champagne. Susceptible to a myriad of complications, Chardonnay berries are relatively small, thin-skinned, fragile, and oxidize easily. Chardonnay grapes can be sensitive to winemaking techniques and more difficult to handle from harvest to bottling than many other varieties. Some producers will use malolactic fermentation (where harsher malic acid is turned into softer lactic acid and carbon dioxide) to reduce crispness and acidity and add a creamy, buttery texture to wines. The "oaky" character of some Chardonnays comes from fermenting or aging which takes place in oak barrels. Once barrel-aged, Chardonnay may take on notes of vanilla or toast. While Chardonnay is produced worldwide, the best can be found in France, the United States, Argentina, Chile, Australia, Italy, New Zealand, and South Africa. Typical descriptors for Chardonnay include mineral, green apple, citrus, tropical fruits, vanilla, butter and smokiness.

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