Chardonnay Montrachet France
Etienne Sauzet was born 1903, heir to a few parcels of vine, to which were added further allotments until he accumulated twelve invaluable hectares of precious Montrachet terroir. Sauzet established his name as one of the top marques in Burgundy. The Domaine is now operated by his granddaughter and her winemaker husband, the very gifted Gerard Boudot.
The estate owned vineyards of Domaine Sauzet have been farmed organically since 2006. The average age of vines is thirty to forty years and grapes achieve a profound level of ripeness in these exceptional growing climes. The berries are sorted to remove grey rot where necessary and pressed without crushing. The musts are cold settled for eighteen to twenty four hours at 10C to 12C before vinification at 18C to 22C in a selection of new and seasoned Allier and Vosges oak barriques for three to six weeks. Parcels complete their malolactic and spend nine or ten months sur lie while being treated to battonage followed by two months resting in tank on fine lees before a light fining and filtration.
Bright light yellow hue. Richly spiced nose over a background of savoury stonefruit characters, pear, menthol and almond oak along with butter and preserved lemon characters. Cashews, butterscotch and refreshing fruit laden acidity, white peaches across the palate, an elegant structure supported by creamy tart tatin and butter flavours before a lingering sweet and savoury finish with hints of floral and meal. Sauzet wines are superbly finished, fruity, full bodied and authoritative examples of white Burgundy.