2017 Domaine Etienne Sauzet Bienveneus Batard-Montachet Grand Cru (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1399909 96 points Decanter

 Production is small here - just two-and-a-half barrels, none new - but the quality is impressive, as ever. With aromas of honeysuckle and hawthorn blossom, this is a wonderfully scented wine, showing lovely focus, chalky minerality and a zesty, almost nettley finish. Drinking Window 2021 - 2032. (TA)  (10/2018)

93-95 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 (from a .19 ha parcel; these are the oldest vines of the Domaine planted in 1938). A slightly more elegant if more restrained array grudgingly reveals notes of honeysuckle, orange peel, lavender and a hint of pain grillé. The sleek, sophisticated and equally elegant medium weight flavors deliver very fine length on the saline-inflected finale that goes on and on. As the best examples often are, this is a lovely combination of power and finesse.  (6/2019)

94 points John Gilman

 The 2017 Bienvenues from Domaine Sauzet is an excellent wine in the making, with great purity and nascent complexity and no signs of undue forwardness on either the nose and palate, and yet, it cannot quite keep pace with the very racy Combettes this year. The bouquet of the Bienvenues offers up a lovely blend of apple, white peach, a touch of beeswax, chalky soil tones, fresh almond, vanillin oak and an esthery topnote of bee pollen. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and quite powerful in profile for Bienvenues, with lovely elegance entwined within the impressive depth of fruit, bright acids and long, complex and fairly broad-shouldered finish. Monsieur Boudot’s reference to the style of the 2010 vintage is quite evident here. 2026- 2065.  (1/2019)

91-93 points Vinous

 (there are just two-and-a-half barrels of this juice, none of them new): Bright pale yellow. Rich, ripe peach aroma with a buttery nuance. Then dry and laid-back on the palate; in a rather powerful style but youthfully tight, showing no easy oaky sweetness. More minerally than the Combettes but displaying less stuffing and creaminess than that wine (I might have identified this wine blind as a Pucelles). This fairly large-scaled wine finishes with a peach pit cyanic dryness and very good length. (ST)  (1/2019)

K&L Notes

95pts Jasper Morris Inside Burgundy: "Just one 228 and one 350 litre barrels from 8 rows (0.12ha) of very old vines from 1936. Pale colour with lemon tints. Backward, a touch of sulphur but the promise of great intensity. This is a lean and stylish Bienvenues, but the second half of the palate really delivers the intensity one would hope for. Super-fine, some fresh lime notes on a block of white fruit." (01/2019)

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- It's hard to believe that up until about 30 years ago, this extremely popular varietal hid behind the veil of geographical names like Chablis and Puligny-Montrachet. Now grown all over the world and bottled by its varietal name, Chardonnay has achieved a level of branding unlike any other wine. Surprisingly, though, what you get when you buy Chardonnay can differ greatly from country to country and even within one country, depending on the climate where it's grown and how it is vinified and aged. From fresh, crisp and minerally with apple and lemon notes to rich and buttery with tropical fruit overtones, Chardonnay runs the gamut. In France's Burgundy, Chardonnay is the source of the prized wines of Chablis, Corton-Charlemagne, Mâcon, Meursault and Montrachet. It also the foundation of exceptional Champagne, where it is blended with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier or vinified on its own into Blanc de Blancs. It is also extremely popular in California, and is gaining popularity in Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Spain and South Africa.


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- The province of eastern France, famous for its red wines produced from Pinot Noir and its whites produced from Chardonnay. (Small of amounts of Gamay and Aligoté are still grown, although these have to be labeled differently.) The most famous part of the region is known as the Côte d'Or (the Golden Slope). It is divided into the Côte de Beaune, south of the town of Beaune (famous principally for its whites), and the Côte de Nuits, North of Beaune (home of the most famous reds). In addition, the Côte Chalonnaise and the Mâconnais are important wine growing regions, although historically a clear level (or more) below the Côte d'Or. Also include by some are the regions of Chablis and Auxerrois, farther north.
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Puligny Montrachet

- Puligny is a village which has been called 'attractive, self-confident and unpretentious.' Some of the world's greatest dry white wines come from here. The Grands Crus of Montrachet, Chevalier Montrachet, Bâtard Montrachet, and Bienvenues Bâtard Montrachet are on the southern edge, adjacent to the village of Chassagne. In Puligny, you can see the distinctly different soils which yield the different wines. The borders of the Grands Crus are anything but arbitrary, and the character of the wines form Puligny are distinct from Meursault to the north and Chassagne to the South. The vineyards closest to Meursault have thin soils, with slate and rock. Their wines are more delicate and minerally but no less lovely than the more powerful wines from the vineyards towards the Grands Crus.