Puligny Montrachet, Champ Canet, 1er Cru
    Etienne Sauzet

    Puligny Montrachet, Champ Canet, 1er Cru,



    Etienne Sauzet, Puligny Montrachet, Champ Canet, 1er Cru, 2014

    Justerini & Brooks Tasting note
    Etienne Sauzet, Puligny Montrachet, Champ Canet, 1er Cru, 2014

    Stony, salty and mineral on the nose, with beautiful pure sweet peach notes threaded through, complete, powerful and full, but also composed. There's a great deal going on here, with fine yellow fruits and deep powerful minerality. Powerful yet controlled. Stunning. One of the great Puligny vineyards situated, mid-slope, above Combettes and next door to Meursault Perrières, planted on a well-balanced mix of clay and limestone soils. The vines average 50 years old.

    Stephen Tanzer, Vinous
    (13% alcohol; from a sunny, early-ripening site): Light, bright yellow. Yellow stone fruits and a whiff of pear on the deeply pitched, rather powerful nose; distinctly less delicate than the higher-altitude La Truffière. Fat, round and sweet but lacking the detail of Sauzet's other 2014 premier crus from Puligny; in fact, this is the first wine to taste a bit warm. Finishes a bit phenolic, with an edge of acidity giving the wine piquant lift but a slightly disjointed character. This was Sauzet's most hailed-on site, noted winemaker Riffault, although he maintained that only 15% of the fruit was affected.
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    Etienne Sauzet

    Etienne Sauzet

    Etienne Sauzet’s son-in-law, Gérard Boudot, makes the wine at this benchmark Burgundian Domaine and has been more recently assisted by talented winemaker Benoit Riffault, Gerard's son-in-law. A tasting with Gérard and Benoit is not just enjoyable but highly educational – each session is a virtual masterclass in terroir. Indeed, their knowledge of Puligny’s different vineyards is second to none. They resist the temptation to interfere with the wines too much after fermentation, and employs on average 30% new oak every year. The Grand Crus are, of course, impressive; even right down to Villages and Bourgogne level the wines display the finesse and grace of truly great Puligny.

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