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1996 Etienne Sauzet Bâtard-Montrachet

Light capsule condition issue; lightly depressed cork

Removed from a temperature and humidity controlled wine storage unit

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95The Wine Advocate

..intense mineral aromatics and a powerful, expansive, full-bodied, and profound personality. Layers of poached pears, stones, gravel, juniper berries, and spicy oak are found in this magnificently structured and focused, yet fat and oily..

94+ Stephen Tanzer

...delicate aroma of apple, pear and smoky, spicy oak. Then voluminous and powerful on the palate, with superb oily depths and authoritative structure. Almost painfully backward on the decisively dry, very strong aftertaste,..

...pure, tight and beautifully defined flavors of impressive length. This is really very classy juice..


France, Burgundy, Côte d'Or, Côte de Beaune, Puligny-Montrachet, Bâtard-Montrachet

Batard-Montrachet is one of the four great Grand Cru Chardonnay vineyards in the appellation of Puligny-Montrachet, in Burgundy. Like its neighbor Le Montrachet, Batard-Montrachet also lies partly in the Chassagne-Montrachet appellation just to the south of Puligny-Montrachet. At 30 acres, Batard-Montrachet is the largest of four Grand Crus and it is divided into nearly 30 individually owned parcels. Located just to the east of Le Montrachet, the soil of Batard-Montrachet is deeper and less thin. The largest landholders are Leflaive, with 4.5 acres; Ramonet, 1.2 acres; Bachelet-Ramonet, 1.4 acres; and Paul Pernot, 1.5 acres.


White Wine, Chardonnay, Grand Cru

This white variety originated in Burgundy, but is now grown around the world. Its flexibility to thrive in many regions translates to wide flavor profile in the market. Chardonnay is commonly used in making Champagne and sparkling wines.