Bienvenues Bâtard Montrachet, Grand Cru, 2017

  Etienne Sauzet

Intense and concentrated. Less plush than the Combettes, more discrete, but smart and haunting nonetheless. There is a really focused
richness here, nuanced notes of flowers and citrus and fruit blossom honey with a little gentle crunch, too. Layered, long, poised and classy.
Breathtaking. A most Puligny-like Grand Cru. This is the Domaine’s oldest vineyard, planted in 1940 and its smallest production.

Contains Sulphites.

About Etienne Sauzet

Etienne Sauzet’s son-in-law, Gérard Boudot, makes the wine at this benchmark Burgundian Domaine and has been more recently assisted by talented winemaker Benoit Riffault, Gerard's son-in-law. A tasting with Gérard and Benoit is not just enjoyable but highly educational – each session is a virtual masterclass in terroir. Indeed, their knowledge of Puligny’s different vineyards is second to none. they resist the temptation to interfere with the wines too much after fermentation, and employs on average 30% new oak every year. The Grand Crus are, of course, impressive; even right down to Villages and Bourgogne level the wines display the finesse and grace of truly great Puligny.

Appellation: Bienvenue-Bâtard-Montrachet

One of the smallest white Grands Crus, all 3.69 ha of Bienevnues-Bâtard-Montrachet lie in the commune of Puligny-Montrachet, situated in the north-east corner of Bâtard-Montrachet. The wines are more delicate than those of Chevalier or Bâtard, lacking the minerality of the former and the muscle of the latter. Bievenues is nevertheless justifiably a Grand Cru in its own right, the best examples are fine, generously-textured, fragrant and rich with great length of flavour.

Grape Type: Chardonnay

Chardonnay is one of the most widely-grown and versatile of all white grape varieties. As a relatively neutral grape, it offers a near transparent map of winemaking style, climate and terroir. It is the ideal grape variety for Burgundy, where it serves to mirror the complex nuances of the myriad of terroirs found in this hallowed land. Chardonnay produces a variety of wines from the minerally and unoaked styles found in Chablis, the fatter nuttier examples in Meursault, to the tropical fruit-driven versions found in the New World. It is also the major grape variety in Champagne, where it produces lively floral wines, namely in the Côte de Blancs. It can be found throughout Europe and the New World thanks to its versatility. As a non-aromatic variety, it has an affinity with oak, whether new or used, French or American.