2010 Etienne Sauzet Chevalier-Montrachet Grand Cru

SKU #1276535 94-96 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 *Don't Miss!* An ultra-elegant nose is comprised of primarily floral and white orchard fruit with top notes of citrus and Chablis-style mineral reduction where the latter element accurately telegraphs the presence of an intense stoniness on the cuts-like-a-knife flavors that are not quite as delicate as those of the Bienvenues but almost. In exchange however they possess more power and all of the refinement before culminating in a bone dry finish that is notably more restrained and while hugely long, not really explosive. This is a stylish Chevalier of class and grace and should amply repay 10 to 12 years of cellar time.  (6/2012)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The finest of the 2010 grand crus, the 2010 Chevalier-Montrachet emerges from the glass with juicy yellow stone fruit lychee, light floral honey and jasmine. It is at once deeply textured yet also impeccably refined in its voluptuous expression of fruit. There is an inner sweetness and perfume that suggests a hint of botrytis in the exotic aromas and flavors that develop in the glass. I especially like the way the Chevalier builds to its rich, creamy finish. This is a lovely showing from Sauzet. (AG)  (8/2012)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Pale bright yellow. Lemon, lime, hawthorn, lavender and crushed stone on the nose. The penetrating palate combines great sweetness with bracing acidity, leaving the wine a bit overbearing today and much less harmonious than the Batard. But this is wonderfully dense and long. The wine's acids and sugar will need time to harmonize. I would expect this to merit a higher score with six or seven years in bottle. 93+ (ST)  (9/2012)

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Chardonnay

- It's hard to believe that up until about 30 years ago, this extremely popular varietal hid behind the veil of geographical names like Chablis and Puligny-Montrachet. Now grown all over the world and bottled by its varietal name, Chardonnay has achieved a level of branding unlike any other wine. Surprisingly, though, what you get when you buy Chardonnay can differ greatly from country to country and even within one country, depending on the climate where it's grown and how it is vinified and aged. From fresh, crisp and minerally with apple and lemon notes to rich and buttery with tropical fruit overtones, Chardonnay runs the gamut. In France's Burgundy, Chardonnay is the source of the prized wines of Chablis, Corton-Charlemagne, Mâcon, Meursault and Montrachet. It also the foundation of exceptional Champagne, where it is blended with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier or vinified on its own into Blanc de Blancs. It is also extremely popular in California, and is gaining popularity in Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Spain and South Africa.
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France

- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them. Click for a list of bestselling items from all of France.
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Burgundy

- The province of eastern France, famous for its red wines produced from Pinot Noir and its whites produced from Chardonnay. (Small of amounts of Gamay and Aligoté are still grown, although these have to be labeled differently.) The most famous part of the region is known as the Côte d'Or (the Golden Slope). It is divided into the Côte de Beaune, south of the town of Beaune (famous principally for its whites), and the Côte de Nuits, North of Beaune (home of the most famous reds). In addition, the Côte Chalonnaise and the Mâconnais are important wine growing regions, although historically a clear level (or more) below the Côte d'Or. Also include by some are the regions of Chablis and Auxerrois, farther north. View our bestselling Burgundy.
Specific Appellation:

Puligny Montrachet

- Puligny is a village which has been called 'attractive, self-confident and unpretentious.' Some of the world's greatest dry white wines come from here. The Grands Crus of Montrachet, Chevalier Montrachet, Bâtard Montrachet, and Bienvenues Bâtard Montrachet are on the southern edge, adjacent to the village of Chassagne. In Puligny, you can see the distinctly different soils which yield the different wines. The borders of the Grands Crus are anything but arbitrary, and the character of the wines form Puligny are distinct from Meursault to the north and Chassagne to the South. The vineyards closest to Meursault have thin soils, with slate and rock. Their wines are more delicate and minerally but no less lovely than the more powerful wines from the vineyards towards the Grands Crus.