Etienne Sauzet Chevalier Montrachet 2014

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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.

Wine Advocate reports: 'Winemaker Benoît Riffault has quietly steered Etienne Sauzet towards more consistency and pedigree. In Benoît they have a talented, often sanguine vigneron who seems adept at taking things in his stride, taking vintages as they come. And I must admit, upon departing the domaine I reflected upon the wines I had tasted and dwelled upon what an impressive portfolio they have accumulated.'
Category White Wine
Country France
Region Burgundy
Appellation Cote de Beaune
Brand Etienne Sauzet
  • wa96

Wine AdvocateThe 2014 Chevalier-Montrachet Grand Cru takes a few swirls of the glass to really get going, eventually developing subtle peardrop and nectarine notes that patiently wait behind the stony veneer. The palate is crisp and fresh on the entry with a fine line of acidity, brisk and lively, hints of peach and pineapple coming through on the seductive and flattering finish that has plenty of roundness. This is just gorgeous, but it needs several years in the cellar. 94-96

Neal Martin
  • bh95

BurghoundAn airy, cool and quite pure nose evidences the mineral reduction nuances that one typically finds in a fine Chevalier along with citrus, spice, essence of pear and dried floral aromas that are trimmed in soft wood. The wonderfully refined, textured and mineral-driven big-bodied flavors seem to be extracted directly from liquid rock before culminating in a chiseled, lemony and cuts-like-a-knife delineated finish that delivers superb length. As the best examples of Chevalier seem to always do this elegant effort combines finesse with power and class. 93-95

Allen Meadows