Created in 1903, the Domaine Etienne Sauzet has been producing Montrachet since the 1993 vintage. Gérard Boudot, (married to Etienne Sauzet’s grand-daughter) has managed it since 1974 and improved the domaine from the mid-1980s. Limited yields, harvesting as late as possible and classic vinification marked by débourbage (which allows very fine sur lie aging) contribute to creating wines of a very consistent and an exemplary finesse, unanimously hailed by French and foreign wine lovers. Since 1989, following a division of the domaine, Gérard Boudot, has also been trading and buying grape must to complete his production, without affecting quality. The domaine extends over 9 hectares.
About the cuvée
Not surprisingly, Les Bienvenues Bâtard Montrachet shares a family resemblance with its older sibling, Le Montrachet. But the former produces wines which are a little cleaner and a touch less concentrated. Etienne Sauzet's interpretation is genuinely vibrant. The bouquet produces aromas of exotic fruit, marzipan and white flowers. Over time, wax and honey will appear. The palate reveals that miraculous property of Beaune white: dry, but with unheard-of richness. A cellaring of 10-20 years is necessary before drinking.
The best vintages for Bienvenues-Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru Etienne Sauzet :
2002, 2001, 2000, 1999, 1996, 1995, 1994
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