The compact clay based soil of Referts contributes to the weight and tightly-knit fruit profile of this superb wine. A structured wine that balances firm white fruit flavours with real life and drive. It possesses great length and will develop superbly in bottle.
(35+ year old vines planted in relatively deep soil interspersed with lots of gravel; aged in 33% new wood). This flirts with the exotic with its elegant and ripe nose of white peach, lychee nut, acacia and soft wood nuances. There is a bit more volume and richness to the seductively textured medium-bodied flavors that coat the palate with sap before terminating in a vibrant, balanced and beautifully complex finish. This is really quite pretty and it’s also very Referts in style. Drink 2021+
The 2014 Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru les Referts has a similar bouquet to the 2014 Hameau de Blagny, but with slightly more greener fruit, kiwi and Granny Smith apples. The palate is vibrant on the entry. There is good weight here, harmonious and focused, gaining weight on the citrus-driven finish with hints of nectarine and pear on the aftertaste. This fans out nicely after a modest beginning and I suspect it will reside at the top of my estimate once in bottle. Drink 2017-2030
Rich aroma with notes of ripe mandarin. Immediately it has a warm and rich strike; rounded mid palate; very concentrated; deep, full and sumptuous. It is showy and gorgeous. Not heavy though; good acidity provides the balance, although it sits deep in the wine; an expressive wine. This is often the lowest pH of the flight and this year it is 3.12 pH. It is so rich, but has very good acidity too. It should age well. “The soil is clay and compact and red here., and I think this is reflected in the style of the wine,” remarks Benoit. Drink from 2019
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.