Etienne Sauzet Puligny Montrachet Les Combettes 2012

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The domaine of Etienne Sauzet is made up of 26 acres, much of it in the heart of the finest premier cru vineyards of Puligny-Montrachet. The average age of the vines is 30-35 years. Gérard Boudot, owner and winemaker of Domaine Sauzet, is seeking maximum finesse and an individual expression of the terroir in his wines. Boudot, who married the granddaughter of the late Etienne Sauzet, runs the domaine and has modernized and improved the vinification, making Sauzet wines among the most sought-after white wines of Burgundy. The estate has been bottling 100% of its production since the early 1950's. Since 1975, the domaine has been selling the entirety of its production in bottle. The white wines of Puligny-Montrachet are some of the most famous and most widely acclaimed in the world. This is undoubtedly due to the local microclimates and the clay, siliceous sand and lime contents of the soil. Les Combettes is one of 14 premier cru vineyards in Puligny-proper.
Category White Wine
Country France
Region Burgundy
Appellation Puligny-Montrachet
Brand Etienne Sauzet
  • bh92

BurghoundThis is slightly more aromatically elegant than the Champ Canet yet not quite as ripe as there is only a trace of exoticism to the acacia blossom and white orchard fruit aromas that include spice hints. There is excellent volume to the concentrated medium-bodied flavors that possess a wonderfully refined mouth feel though in contrast to what I typically find with the Sauzet Combettes it is not necessarily the most complex and complete 1er in the range. It is of course possible that this impeccably well-balanced effort will prove itself yet again but at present the Champ Canet and Perrières are every bit as interesting.

  • wa90-92

Wine AdvocateThe 2012 Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Combettes comes from a single hectare on the Meursault side close to Dominique Lafon's Charmes. This has a very attractive bouquet with light scents of flint, gypsum and bruised apple that expands nicely in the glass with aeration. The palate is nicely focused with touches of bitter lemon and dried orange peel that segues into a stony, flinty finish that is perhaps atypical for this, habitually one of their fattest premier crus. The bottom line is that this is a commendable wine for the vintage, though this year, not my pick of the bunch.

Neal Martin, December 2013