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Tasted blind, the 2010 Chevalier-Montrachet Grand Cru is developing an attractive bouquet with melted wax, resinous aromas with hints of dried honey and a faint whiff of French patisserie. The palate is showing good depth and vigor, quite spicy with hints of honey and quince showing up towards the second half. It is an extrovert Chevalier-Montrachet for sure, more cocksure than the 2011 perhaps, although it trips over its shoelaces on the finish that does not quite deliver the length to back up its bravado. Still, it is a thoroughly enjoyable grand cru that should give 12-15 years of drinking pleasure. Tasted October 2016.
Created in 1903, the Domaine Etienne Sauzet has been producing Montrachet since the 1993 vintage. Gérard Boudot, (married to Etienne Sauzet’s grand-daughter) has managed it since 1974 and improved the domaine from the mid-1980s.
Limited yields, harvesting as late as possible and classic vinification marked by débourbage (which allows very fine sur lie aging) contribute to creating wines of a very consistent and an exemplary finesse, unanimously hailed by French and foreign wine lovers.
Since 1989, following a division of the domaine, Gérard Boudot, has also been trading and buying grape must to complete his production, without affecting quality. The domaine extends over 9 hectares.