1994 E. Sauzet Chevalier Montrachet

Due to its deep color and questions about mid-90s white Burgundy, we were not expecting much from this bottle. However, were pleasantly surprised with what we found. The medium gold color and bruised apple aroma were the most noticeable features right out of the gate. The first sip shows some structural weakness with a strange, abrupt interruption of the flavor profile through the mid palate. There seems to be a beginning and an end, where’s the middle? Time will tell and within a few minutes the wine begins to gain a creamy meringue & pear aroma and starts to fill out. Now the palate shows acidity that gently and appropriately frames the fruit and compliments the nose by offering pear & apple once again. We debate the age of the wine and whether it has aged appropriately. It is almost 20 years old at this point and seems mostly to have held up quite nicely. Is it amazing? No. Is it a wine of complexity and contemplation? No. It is a very lovely lunch wine though.

r.a.h.

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