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2010 Domaine Etienne Sauzet Montrachet
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95(+?) Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - September/October 2012

(13.8% natural alcohol):  Bright light yellow.  Very sexy nose combines iodine, smoke, hazelnut and menthol.  Like liquid silk in the mouth; thick but energetic, with flavors of peach, stone, truffle and menthol supported by a strong structural underpinning.  The smooth, slow-building finish shows a very fresh mentholated character and a powerful impression of solidity.  Deceptively open today owing to its early sweetness, and not at all austere for the cru, but I'd let this one sleep in the cellar for at least five or six years.

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