Aromas of lemons and limes, this is everything Puligny should be, harmonious, refined and pure. It almost has a silky texture which the honeyed fruit flavours provide, but so fresh and clean on the finish. This is exquisite.
(From parcels everywhere in the commune that are segregated into 8 different cuvées aged in 20% new wood and then assembled into the final blend just before bottling). This is more elegant than the Chassagne villages with more floral influence in the form of acacia blossom that combines with pretty pear and peach aromas. There is good detail and mid-palate concentration to the middle weight flavors, all wrapped in a well-balanced, linear and impressively persistent finish. Sauzet always seems to do well with this wine and has done so again in 2010. Recommended. Drink: 2016+.
Etienne Sauzet is one of the great estates of Puligny Montrachet, taking its name from current incumbent Emilie Riffault's great grandfather who founded this domaine in the early 1900s. It boasts 15 hecatres of vineyards, comprising four white grands crus in Puligny and Chassagne and nine premiers crus. Today, under Emilie and husband Benoit's direction, their owned vineyards are fully biodynamic and they are one of the flag bearers for the appellation of Puligny.
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.