Etienne Sauzet Bourgogne Blanc 2017
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 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. Champ Canet is one of 14 premier cru vineyards in Puligny-proper. This one is produced from a full 1 ha parcel of 40+ year old vines as well as some vines planted in 1938; aged in approximately 1/3 new oak with a slightly longer élevage than his other wines.
This Bourgogne Blanc comes from three different plots and is matured in four-year-old oak barrels, and had been bottled in August. It has a light and crisp bouquet with green apples, quite malic in style. The palate is fresh on the entry with crisp acidity, light and agreeable with an easy-drinking finish.
As reported by Wine Advocate : 'The 2017 vintage is a great success for Domaine Etienne Sauzet. At this address, the year is rendered in a comparatively rich, textural style, delivering wines with weight and structure—complemented by plenty of balancing acidity. Deft élevage in barrel lends these white Burgundies an elegant patina without excess, confirming that Benoît Riffault—who took the helm chez Sauzet in 2002—is today at the peak of his powers. Sauzet's lower appellations are already quite accessible, but the wines become more introverted and reserved as one ascends the hierarchy.'
|Region||France, Burgundy, Bourgogne|