2010 Maison Jacques Bavard Saint-Romain Blanc "Sous le Château"

SKU #1124158 93 points James Suckling

 This is big and juicy with a deep center palate of dried hay and apple pie with a hint of soft pineapple. This is dense and rich with lots of intense fruit. Tight. Loads of fruit underneath. Try decanting.  (5/2013)

K&L Notes

This comes from old vines in Sous la Chateau, generally regarded as the best vineyard in the village. It is bright and attractive with fresh lime and lemon aromas and delightful minerality. This knocked my socks off! (Keith Wollenberg, K&L Burgundy Buyer)

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Staff Image By: Kyle Kurani | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/30/2013 | Send Email
Beautifully balanced Burgundy, juicy and densely fruited, but balanced by high notes of citrus and mineral components. From perhaps my favorite member of our DI portfolio, this Chardonnay has such broad appeal, no wonder it sold out in moments

Staff Image By: Jeff Garneau | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/21/2013 | Send Email
This wine has everything going for it. Great small producer. Excellent old vine fruit from a cool site. Fantastic vintage. For Chardonnay lovers this is a "Don't Miss" bargain in a delicious, ready to drink white Burgundy. Round and richly textured. Bright, fresh citrus notes. Intensely mineral. Remarkable depth and concentration. Amazing focus and purity.

Staff Image By: Gary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/7/2013 | Send Email
The Sous Le Chateau bottling from Maison Jacques Bavard is the best Saint Romain I have ever tasted. It balances very ripe, exotic, even pineapple like fruit with extraordinary focus and poise. This long finishing white Burgundy surprised me with its pure class. I can't believe what a great deal it is for under $30!
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Alcohol Content (%): 13