- Domaine Etienne Sauzet
- Puligny Montrachet
- 2021 - 2028
- Case size
Goedhuis, December 2017
This has a beautiful perfume of clementines and lavender honey. In the palate one is instantly aware of its depth and distinguished origins. Very layered, subtle, and yet powerful. This is comparable to a top grand cru.
Neal Martin, December 2017,
The 2016 Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Combettes has a clean and precise bouquet with cold stone and flint aromas, great articulation of the terroir here with underlying hints of orange pith and pink grapefruit. The palate is well balanced with a fine thread of acidity, waxy in texture with a fine sense of drive, yet I would have liked to see more complexity and mineral expression towards the finish that just lets the side down here. Let’s see if it improves in bottle. Drink 2019-2028
Burghound, June 2018,
Vestiges of post-bottling sulfur don't completely mask the otherwise elegant citrus, white pear and acacia blossom aromas. The detailed, intense and concentrated medium weight plus flavors possess excellent drive on the refined, pure and strikingly long finish. As is often the case, this classy effort takes best in show for the Sauzet 1ers in 2016. Sweet spot Outstanding. Drink: 2026+
Decanter, January 2018,
The Combettes is very attractive, though it misses some of the depth and concentration that this cuvée can attain. Aromas of pear, apple, white flowers and toasted wheat introduce a full-bodied, ample palate. It's the most glossy and textural of Sauzet’s 2016 premiers crus, balanced by succulent acids. Drinking Window 2019 - 2030
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.