Chassagne-Montrachet 2005, Etienne Sauzet
The Domaine Etienne Sauzet is run by Gérard Boudot, son in law of the late Etienne Sauzet. Despite the huge brand name, the domaine is only mid-sized, with just 8 hectares of vineyards. Luckily most of them in 1er and grand cru! This Chassagne blanc 2005 has the trademark power and panache of the Sauzet wines. Splendid ripe nose of pears, apricot and lemon tart. Rounded and full on the palate with real depth and weight in the mid-palate. Tasting very well now and could keep for another 2 to 3 years without losing the fruit concentration which I find a defining characteristic of the Etienne Sauzet domaine. Further support for our thesis that the Batard-Montrachet 2005 definitely needs another 5 years of maturity.