Etienne Sauzet Montrachet Grand Cru 1992 750ml


Not much time has passed between my last tasting of this wine that appeared in Issue 31 and this most recent bottle so my note is essentially unchanged: An opulent| ripe and moderately oaked in-your-face nose explodes from the glass| bringing incredibly complex and layered aromas that run from floral| citrus| spice and a full range of white and yellow fruit notes that complement to perfection the lush| rich and amazingly concentrated broad-scaled flavors that are underpinned by an intense minerality and a palate staining finish of simply unbelievable length. At this young stage| this is a massive Montrachet that is long on power and muscle and while it’s not as elegant as say the 2000| 2002 or 2004 versions| I believe that the refinement one typically finds in this wine will come in time. In sum| for sheer vinous fireworks| this is hard to beat and to call it a “wow” wine would be a considerable understatement.

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Domaine de la Romanee Conti is co-owned by the de Villaine and Leroy/Roch families, the former successors to Jacques-Marie Duvault Blochet who bought the vineyard of La Romanée Conti in 1869, the latter since acquiring the shares of other descendants of Duvault-Blochet in 1942. The Domaine is today run by Aubert de Villaine and Henri-Frederic Roch. Many people in Burgundy just refer to ‘DRC’ as “the Domaine”.
The domaine has 25 hectares of vineyards, all Grand Crus. As well as the the 1.8 hectare monopole La Romanee Conti, the Domaine purchased its other monopoly, La Tache, in 1933, along with significant holdings in the grand crus of Richebourg, Romanee St Vivant, Grands-Echezeaux, Echezeaux and Le Montrachet at various points in the 19th and 20th centuries. The Domaine is the largest owners of each of the red wine grand crus.


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