Etienne Sauzet Puligny Montrachet Champ Gain 2017
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The white wines of Puligny-Montrachet are probably 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. The domaine of Etienne Sauzet is made up of 26 acres, much of it in the heart of the premier crus 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 climate." M. Boudot, who married the granddaughter of the late Etienne Sauzet, runs the domaine and has modernized and improved the vinification, making the wines of this domaine among the most sought-after white wines of Burgundy. The estate has been bottling 100% of its production since the early 1950's.
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, Puligny-Montrachet|
BurghoundOnce again there is a vague whiff of the exotic sitting atop the white and green fruit aromas that include mandarin orange, passion fruit and a hint of peach. The sleek, intense and lively middle weight flavors exude evident minerality and salinity on the delicious if slightly lean and slightly short finish. This austere effort is also sufficiently firmly structured that it may well flesh out but it's also going to have to add more depth. 89-91