Sitting just beside the woods at the top of the hill of Puligny, Garenne is a slightly cooler and later-ripening site allowing it to produce a very textured wine such as this 2014. With citrus and mango fruits and a twist of hazelnut, it has superb vibrancy.
(25+ year old vines aged in 25% new wood). A cool and pure nose displays notes of mineral reduction, green fruit and various citrus elements. There is terrific intensity to the much more mineral-inflected and slightly bigger medium weight flavors that possess very fine depth on the beautifully well-delineated finish that possesses Chablis-like iodine nuances. Drink 2021+
The 2014 Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru la Garenne was missing a bit of substance on the nose when I tasted it at the domaine, though with modest encouragement it opens up to deliver hints of citrus fruit. This just did not quite express the terroir as other of Sauzet's premier crus. The palate is fresh and crisp on the entry, the oak just rounding this out rather, hints of toffee apple and peach surfacing towards the poised finish. It actually finished better than it begins, so let's see what it can do once in bottle. Drink 2016-2028
26-28 year old vines. In the smaller parcel nearer Hameau de Blagny the soil is richer but most of this is from the far side and is poor and stony. High toned, upright with white flowers on the nose. It is lifted and airy. Light and mineral twirl on the strike. It shimmers. It is delicate, but intense. Salty finish. I do like this.
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.