The 2013 Montrachet Grand Cru, of which there are four barrels this year, has a bashful nose at first, a king demanding coaxing from his chamber! There are certainly good mineral notes here, although I feel that the Bâtard-Montrachet is more complex at the moment. The palate is more regal with finely tuned acidity, reserved at the moment with tangible stony, almost flinty notes developing toward the peacock’s tail finish. This is very fine, but I actually think the Bâtard-Montrachet will give it a run for its money. However, I am more impressed by the 2013 than the 2012 last year. Drink 2019-2035
Etienne Sauzet is one of the most famous domaines in Puligny Montrachet along with Domaine Leflaive and Louis Carillon. Created by Etienne from family vines, over time he purchased additional vineyards until it grew to 12 hectares in 1950. When Etienne passed away in 1975, his daughter Jeanine and her husband, Gerard Boudot, took over the domaine. Due to family inheritance, the domaine decreased to 7 hectares which only made the wine even more rare! Today, they are helped by their dynamic daughter, Emilie, and her husband, Benoît Riffault.
Le Montrachet is the most famous white Burgundy Grand Cru coming from a single 8 hectare vineyard which overlaps into the communes of Puligny and Chassagne. Even as far back as the 18th century the wines of Le Montrachet had to be reserved a year in advance - a distant precursor to the en primeur system. The south east facing vineyards give the vines maximum exposure to the sun which combined with the limestone soil produces epic results.