Burghound Symposium: The Montrachet Family – Through the Lens of Leflaive, Ramonet and Sauzet

Date: 22nd April 2016
Time: 12:30 PM
Venue: Kaetsu (Grand Hyatt Hotel, 1 Harbour Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong)
Price: $8,800 per person

Last 2 seats available.


At the heart of those supreme white wine villages of Puligny-Montrachet and Chassagne-Montrachet lies a short golden stretch of their most illustrious vineyards, centred around Montrachet itself. This cluster of adjacent grands crus provides at once a brilliant high level of quality, but subtle, yet discernible differences between each plot.


To borrow from Jacky Rigaux -
Bienvenues-Batard-Montrachet - “princely opulence”
Batard-Montrachet - “a subtle meeting of opulence & elegance”
Chevalier-Montrachet - “the quintessence of terroir”
Montrachet - “a stylish alliance of generosity & minerality”


Not easy to describe. For me, it goes something like this - Chevalier–Montrachet offers the second highest depth of minerality, but with real power. Batard-Montrachet offers the second highest level of power, with a more creamy round feel, and a bit less minerality. Montrachet seems to align the characters of both of those two vineyards, yet with the potential to increase the sensation of both characters with superb balance. It’s the best for a reason. Finally, Bienvenue is quite similar to Batard itself.


The interesting thing today will be to line up these close cousins side by side and see what we can discern of the vineyard differences and character. And we are doing so at a very high level, with superb, benchmark domaines, and with vintages that are sufficiently settled and mature for the vineyard character to shine through. Super interesting, not to mention deliciously good fun!



2008 Leflaive - Bienvenues Batard Montrachet
1998 Ramonet - Bienvenues Batard Montrachet
1992 Etienne Sauzet - Bienvenues Batard Montrachet

2007 Etienne Sauzet - Batard Montrachet
1990 Leflaive - Batard Montrachet
1990 Ramonet - Batard Montrachet
1986 Ramonet - Batard Montrachet

1995 Leflaive - Chevalier Montrachet
1988 Leflaive - Chevalier Montrachet
1998 Ramonet - Chevalier Montrachet
1995 Etienne Sauzet - Chevalier Montrachet

1995 Ramonet - Montrachet
1993 Etienne Sauzet - Montrachet


For details of our Allen Meadows Burghound Symposium 2016, please click here.