Bâtard Montrachet, Etienne Sauzet 2010
As is typically the case this is slightly riper than the Bienvenues with a pretty and densely fruited nose of white peach, pear, acacia blossom and background hints of citrus and toast. As is also typical, this large-scaled, intense, concentrated and overtly powerful effort is clearly bigger, richer and more imposing than its grand cru partner. The complexity is simply fantastic as is the persistence of the palate staining finish. While I usually am more impressed by finesse and refinement than power as it's much harder to achieve, the extra depth and stunning length of the Bâtard gives it the nod in 2010. Note that this is also bone dry and will need every bit of 12 to 15 years to arrive at its apogee. In a word, wow.
|Score: 93/96||Allen Meadows, Burghound.com (47), June 2012|
Pale yellow. Aromatic nose combines peach and acacia flower. Sweet, dense and peachy, with powerful underlying structure and palate-staining fruit. Seems better balanced and higher in acidity than the 2011 version, which accentuates the impression of minerality. Superb Batard with a silky texture and a very long, brisk finish. Likely to be long-lived.
|Score: 94+||Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar, September 2012|
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