92-95 Points | International Wine Cellar , September/October 2010
(three of the five barrels are new) Very ripe aromas of stone fruits and pineapple. Dense, sweet and fruit-driven but with more energy than the Bienvenues. A very rich and chewy wine but very young and unevolved today. Finishes with terrific lingering fruit and spice. Riffault told me that Sauzet's Batard is made from larger grapes than Leflaive's, where there's more millerandage, and normally has a more moderate alcohol level.
About the Cote de Beaune
The Cote de Beaune, which comprises the southern half of the Cote d'Or-- the limestone escarpment from which Burgundy's finest wines originate-- is the source of the most famous names in white Burgundy. It also produces outstanding red Burgundies (such as in Santenay and Volnay), even if Pinot Noir here rarely possess quite the stuffing, complexity, and longevity of...
Read More »
Adored by critics, prized by collectors, Pinot Noir is one of most tantalizing yet temperamental varietals in the world. For many wine enthusiasts, this is part of the appeal of Pinot -- it doesn't reveal its charms easily. Pinot Noir's virtue also stems from the unique characteristics of the grape. The skins are especially delicate, which accounts for the lighter color and body of finished wine. But, despite the delicacy, the best wines have excellent backbone and...
Read More »