A somewhat underrated 1er Cru, although in recent years its reputation has certainly been on the rise. A very structured wine with a dry firmness of fruit highlighting the linear characteristics of the appellation, on its more chalky soils.
A markedly floral and cool nose also features ripe notes of dried yellow orchard fruit but with no exotic nuances. This is quite rich and very concentrated, indeed there is an almost chewy mouth feel to the mineral-inflected medium-bodied flavors that coat the palate with dry extract before concluding in a lingering if only moderately complex finale. This is delicious and if it can add depth in bottle my score may be a bit too conservative. 89/2018+
The 2012 Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru La Garenne comes from the estate’s 0.8-hectare parcel close to the hamlet of Blagny. It has a pretty bouquet with hints of white peach and passion fruit at first, though with aeration this ebbs away to reveal stony, Alpine stream scents. The palate is crisp on the entry with pithy fruit combining well with the citrus and bitter lemon. There is a fine edginess here with a touch of lemongrass lining the spicy finish. While this represents a creditable Puligny premier cru, I suggest that the village cru might represent better value and other premier crus offer more breeding this year.
Etienne Sauzet is one of the most famous domaines in Puligny Montrachet along with Domaine Leflaive and Louis Carillon. Created by Etienne from family vines, over time he purchased additional vineyards until it grew to 12 hectares in 1950. When Etienne passed away in 1975, his daughter Jeanine and her husband, Gerard Boudot, took over the domaine. Due to family inheritance, the domaine decreased to 7 hectares which only made the wine even more rare! Today, they are helped by their dynamic daughter, Emilie, and her husband, Benoît Riffault.
Puligny Montrachet is known as the most delicate of the white wine appellations south of Beaune.Its wines tend to be linear and mineral offering delicate floral and orchard fruit aromatics. Its village and premier cru vineyard area total slightly over 200 hectares but almost half of them are premier cru making them one of the highest proportions of quality vineyards in the Côte de Beaune. Several grand cru vineyards are present, the most notable being Le Montrachet and Bâtard Montrachetwhich it shares with neighbouring Chassagne, but it does have the extraordinary Chevalier Montrachet and the tiny Bienvenues Bâtard Montrachet all to itself. There are a handful of red wines grown, but they tend to be quite light and need to be drunk in their youth.