An absolute corker, with its beautifully honeyed citrus fruit flavours. This balances drive with harmony and is sensationally seductive on the finish.
Soft reduction takes the top notes off of what appears to be elegant and complex aromas of white flower, citrus rind and wet stone. Like the nose, the detailed, intense and tension-filled middle weight flavors exude a fine minerality on the highly vibrant, delicious and wonderfully well-balanced finish. This distinctly linear effort is really lovely and built to reward up to a decade of cellar time. 92/2020+
The 2012 Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Perrieres comes from 40-year-old vines, the last plot before you reach Les Referts. It has a strict, mineral-driven bouquet that is quintessential Perrieres, evoking sea spray and shucked oyster shell aromas. The palate is extremely well-balanced with crisp acidity. Notes of dried lemon peel, spice and flint gain vigor towards the finish that feels long and persistent in the mouth, although you feel that it is keeping secrets back for after bottling. One of my picks from the domaine this year.
Crackling with reductive bonfire aromas – really trendy and designer – but not in an arbitrary way. Fleshy too – not gaunt like some extreme Australian versions of this style can be. Compelling and stylish. Drink 2015-2022
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.