DOMAINE ETIENNE SAUZET BIENVENUES BATARD MONTRACHET 2015 (PRE-ARRIVAL FOR FEBRUARY 2021)

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The Wine Advocate
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Allen Meadows
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Stephen Tanzer
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ESBB201510 UCAU
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The complex nose delivers a fine, youthful constellation of apple, tangerine, a touch of pineapple, great minerality, floral tones, lemon peel and vanillin oak. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and rock solid at the core, with a nice sense of reserve out of the blocks, fine focus and grip, excellent acids and a very long, youthful finish. This will be excellent with a bit of bottle age.
The complex nose delivers a fine, youthful constellation of apple, tangerine, a touch of pineapple, great minerality, floral tones, lemon peel and vanillin oak. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and rock solid at the core, with a nice sense of reserve out of the blocks, fine focus and grip, excellent acids and a very long, youthful finish. This will be excellent with a bit of bottle age.

Scores & Reviews

91-93 / 100

The Wine Advocate

The 2015 Bienvenue-Bâtard-Montachet Grand Cru has quite an intense bouquet with wet limestone and light fumé scents, candied orange peel emerging after several swirls of the glass. The palate is fresh and crisp on the entry, nectarine and yellow plum, hints of hazelnut and grilled pine nuts infusing the citrus fruit that dovetails into an edgy, stem ginger tinged finish that lingers long in the mouth. This should develop into an accomplished Bienvenue, even if it will not rank amongst the very finest from the estate.

92-95 / 100

Allen Meadows

Here there is no reductive funk with its elegant assortment of cool honeysuckle, pear, spice, lavender and soft oak nuances. The sense of elegance continues onto the ultra-pure and refined medium-bodied flavors that also brim with mouth coating dry extract that serves to buffer and firm but not stiff acid spine shaping the strikingly long finish. Chez Sauzet the Bâtard is often slightly better than the BBM but in 2015, quality appears to have reversed itself, at least at this early stage.

93 / 100

Stephen Tanzer

(just three barrels made from the estate's oldest vines, planted in 1936): Pale yellow. Explosive aromas of lemon, flowers and mint. (Boudot describes this wine as "a mélange of Pucelles and Bâtard.") Concentrated, spicy and intense, conveying lovely definition and early tightness for Bienvenues-Bâtard; in a distinctly airy style, with no impression of heaviness. Less powerful than the Combettes but more delicate and intellectual. Finishes spicy and tactile, with an element of saline minerality. Boudot reserves this wine for "noble fish" like turbot and St. Pierre (John Dory), while pairing the Combettes with chicken dishes.