- Domaine Etienne Sauzet
- 2018 - 2025
- Case size
Goedhuis, November 2015
At the domaine such is the standing of the Combettes, it is always the last 1er Cru tasted before the Grands Crus. Full rich Jersey cream aromas with hints of melons. This wine has a wonderful volume of fruit, superbly integrated with crisp freshness and naturally weighted intensity. These aged vines have really hit the jackpot this year.
Neal Martin, December 2015,
The 2014 Puligny-Montrachet 1Er Cru Les Combettes is much more reserved, aloof, stoic on the nose that its peers despite encouragement. The palate is fresh on the entry with green apple, Conference pear and a touch of white pepper, gently fanning out with that spicy element becoming more and more pronounced. This is a serious Puligny and it should be afforded 2-3 years in the cellar. Drink 2018-2032
Burghound, June 2016,
(also from a full 1 ha parcel of 50+ year old vines that saw 40% new wood). A subtle application of wood easily allows the mildly exotic and fresh aromas of ripe white and yellow orchard fruit, tangerine peel and lychee nut to be appreciated. As is usually the case the medium weight plus flavors are slightly bigger and richer than those of the Champ Canet yet the palate impression remains one of refinement and class on the lingering finish that displays focused power. This beautifully balanced effort will also require at least moderate patience. Drink 2022+
Sarah Marsh, December 2015,
This smells cool. It smells stony. It slips discreetly onto the palate. It is quite hidden. It is layered and pure and so tense. Excellent tension here. This is a cut above. On par with the Truffiere for style and a step up from all the other premier cru for complexity. It has a certain sophistication… a verve. I love the long a shaley finish. Like a millefeuille. Drink from 2019/20
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.
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.