Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru 2009, Etienne Sauzet
A bottle of Bâtard is always a pleasure but I confess that I have not yet found the distinctive characteristics compared to Le Montrachet or a Chevalier. This Bâtard 2009 from Etienne Sauzet is perplexing. Citrus, pear, green gauge, vanilla, soft spice and oak aromas. This grand cru is subtle, fine and slight on the palate. Eminently drinkable with a good freshness. At this stage not a mind-blowing wine but certainly delicious. Like so many young grands crus one has to trust to the quality and structure in youth that will mature into a beauty. Tasted courtesy of the Justerini & Brooks Burgundy 2009 tasting.