Tasting Note : Domaine Etienne Sauzet Le Montrachet Grand Cru 1996


Domaine Etienne Sauzet Le Montrachet Grand Cru 1996

Deep gold colour with orange tint. It looks like the wine has aged a little fast. On the nose, aromas of honey, pineapple, creme anglaise and almonds. There is a slight presence of oxdation. On the palate, the acidity is somehow faded but the structure is still very well balanced. Round with oaky falvours well integrated, it shows more honey and floral aromas on the mid palate. I expected a much longer finish for a Montrachet. The wine seems to have reached is peak.

I am a great fan of Etienne Sauzet whites and one of my favorite white Burgundy, is his Chevalier-Montrachet. This particular Montrachet we tasted was excellent, but I was expecting something a little more mind blowing. I guess after 14 years, some of the bottles have variation and one should be ready to accept that.

QC

Tasting Note : Domaine Rene Rostaing Cote Rotie 'Cuvee Classique' 2006

Domaine Rene Rostaing Cote Rotie 'Cuvee Classique' 2006

Elegant bouquet of dark cherry on the nose with some subtle spices. On the palate, the acidity is quite high but very well balanced and gives great freshness on the mid palate. The fruits are showing well, with blackcurrant, dark cheeries and blueberries with a second layer of provencal herbs and white pepper. I really like the freshness in this wine. It is joyful, yet has a great presence in the mouth with a solid structure. Soft finish with more spice.

QC

Tasting Note : Chateau d'Yquem 2001

Chateau d'Yquem 2001

One could spend hours just looking at it. Beautiful golden and orange colour of a youthful wine, starting a long and promising life. With just a gentle swirl for a minute at least, it opens up in the glass and only then you can take a deep smell. Explosion of lemon and orange zest, honey, peach, apricot... so much, it's difficult to recognise them all! The nose is thrilling, it gives you a hint how incredible this wine will be on the palate... The first sip is also overwhelming with flavours and aromas, with more honey, peach, pineapple and then layers of light spices... The sweetness is simply perfectly balanced with the acidity that seems to help the whole structure to stand on the upper part of the mouth. The finish is still in its very early days, but the lasting is luscious, lingering and 'sensual'. I found a stunning feminine touch in this Yquem.

Absolutely amazing!

QC