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Neal Martin, December 2013,
The 2012 Le Montrachet Grand Cru comes from grapes sourced from two parcels on the Puligny-Montrachet from Baron Thenard. The nose is actually quite similar to the Chevalier-Montrachet. It takes time to unfurl, offering flint, wet pavement and green apple with time. Strict and correct. The palate is well-balanced with a harmonious opening, the acidity very well-judged. It is very linear, very mineral, although following on from the Chevalier; you end up yearning for its feistiness. Still, this is a fine Montrachet that does not quite leave you quivering with anticipation like the Chevalier-Montrachet, nor indeed the Les Perrieres.
Burghound, June 2014,
A notably ripe and overtly exotic nose of mostly dried yellow orchard fruit, spice and subtle floral nuances introduces succulent and unctuously-textured big-bodied flavors that also coat the palate with dry extract on the explosively long and intense finish. This is not as yet especially complex but it seems reasonably clear that the underlying material is up to the task of providing the basis for more to develop with bottle age. And speaking of aging it’s also clear that this will need plenty of it so patience is definitely required. 94/2024+
Domaine Etienne Sauzet
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.
Le Montrachet is the most famous white Burgundy Grand Cru coming from a single 8 hectare vineyard which overlaps into the communes of Puligny and Chassagne. Even as far back as the 18th century the wines of Le Montrachet had to be reserved a year in advance - a distant precursor to the en primeur system. The south east facing vineyards give the vines maximum exposure to the sun which combined with the limestone soil produces epic results.