2009 Etienne Sauzet - Batard-Montrachet 750ml

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Wine Advocate | Rating: 95

The 2009 Batard-Montrachet reveals considerable body and heft in its exuberant fruit. This is all about fruit, textural richness and sheer depth. The aromas and flavors build impressively towards the explosive finish. At the same time, there are elements of restraint that add balance. The Batard needs a few years in bottle to settle down, but it is a big wine and is likely to always speak with a certain amount of gravitas. The Batard is made from two parcels; the first just on top of Bienvenues, the second on the Chassagne side, vinified separately.

Drink Dates: 2014+
Author: Antonio Galloni
Issue: 196

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Burghound | Rating: 95

((from vines in both Puligny and Chassagne that is almost a 50/50 split and aged in 50% new wood).) This is slightly more densely fruited and just as complex if not quite as refined as the very ripe orchard fruit and white lower-infused nose is liberally sprinkled with lemon nuances that continue onto the round, rich and generous broad shouldered flavors that are very Batard in character and culminate in an explosive and palate staining finish of sensational persistence. I really like the poise and sense of harmony here and while it's too soon to know for sure, it's possible that this will one day catch the Chevalier as it's extremely impressive.

Drink Dates: 2017+
Author: Allen Meadows
Issue: 43 Burghound Selection Don't miss

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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 94

(13.3% alcohol, from grapes picked on the second day of the harvest): Good medium yellow. Musky peach and hazelnut on the nose. Juicy and energetic, with excellent cut to the peach and spice flavors. Boasts real nerve for Batard, especially from this vintage. The long finish displays subtle perfume. This very pure, fresh wine will need at least four or five years in bottle to reveal its inherent complexity. Very impressive.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 158

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Average rating: 95, based on 3 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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