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Etienne Sauzet, Puligny-Montrachet 2017

White Wine from France - Burgundy
This is a lovely example of a village Puligny with floral and smoky scents and flavours of apples. The palate is fresh and bright and dry with just a hint of carbon dioxide for extra zip.
Price: £59.00 Bottle
Price: £354.00 Case of 6
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Code: BU70451

Wine characteristics

  • White Wine
  • Dry
  • Chardonnay
  • 13% Alcohol
  • Oak used but not v. noticeable
  • Now to 2024
  • 75cl
  • Cork, natural

Côte de Beaune

The Côte de Beaune runs from Ladoix-Serrigny in the north to Cheilly lè Maranges in the south, on the southern escarpment of the Côte d’Or. Beaune is the town at its heart. The most famous wines of the area are white, but many excellent reds are produced.

The soils of the area are predominantly mixtures of clay and limestone of various types, which is excellent for drainage but also retention of water. The hillsides here, split and riven by streams and side-valleys, provide a number of meso- and microclimates as well as various aspects ranging from east-facing to south and south-west facing. The best sites are neither at the top or the bottom of these slopes where the soils are too impoverished or too fertile respectively. More generic wines are produced at the top and bottom of these slopes, with the Premiers Crus and Grand Crus in a band running along the upper middle. Soils with more limestone suit chardonnay more than pinot, hence the number of famous white burgundies produced...
The Côte de Beaune runs from Ladoix-Serrigny in the north to Cheilly lè Maranges in the south, on the southern escarpment of the Côte d’Or. Beaune is the town at its heart. The most famous wines of the area are white, but many excellent reds are produced.

The soils of the area are predominantly mixtures of clay and limestone of various types, which is excellent for drainage but also retention of water. The hillsides here, split and riven by streams and side-valleys, provide a number of meso- and microclimates as well as various aspects ranging from east-facing to south and south-west facing. The best sites are neither at the top or the bottom of these slopes where the soils are too impoverished or too fertile respectively. More generic wines are produced at the top and bottom of these slopes, with the Premiers Crus and Grand Crus in a band running along the upper middle. Soils with more limestone suit chardonnay more than pinot, hence the number of famous white burgundies produced here.

The climate here is semi-continental, though northerly winds can temper a hot summer while warmer winds from the south can bring warmth. Westerly winds that ultimately originate in the Atlantic can bring rain but at its worst may deliver devastating hail in incredibly localised storms. There is a degree of unpredictability about vintages in Burgundy.

Pinot noir and chardonnay are the two permitted grapes of any significance, though Aligoté is grown occasionally for crisp, mouth-watering whites that are often used to make kir, and some generic Bourgogne or Crémant can be made with pinot blanc, pinot gris and beurrot can be made.

The appellations to be found in the Côte de Beaune are as follows: Ladoix, Pernand-Vergelesses, Aloxe-Corton , Corton, Corton-Charlemagne, Chorey-lès-Beaune, Savigny-lès Beaune, Beaune, Pommard, Volnay, Monthélie, Auxey-Duresses, Saint-Romain, Meursault, Saint-Aubin, Puligny-Montrachet, Chassagne-Montrachet, Santenay and Maranges

Côte de Beaune-Villages and Bourgogne-Hautes Côtes de Beaune are also made. The former is solely for red wines and the latter includes some whites as well. Both are mostly from vineyards on the top of the escarpment and some represent good value for early drinking Burgundy.

Côte de Beaune wines are generally lighter than those from the Côte de Nuits. Beaunes are soft and round, Volnays fine and silky. Pommards are the exception: due to more clay in the soil, they can be notably tannic and in need of considerable bottle age. The greatest of all white Burgundies, Le Montrachet, is made here between Chassagne and Puligny.
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Etienne Sauzet

Consistently fine from year to year, with trademark richness and elegant class, the wines of Etienne Sauzet are some of the most sought after in Puligny-Montrachet.

It was established by the eponymous Etienne Sauzet when he inherited some vines in the early 1900s; he added to these in the 1920s, and bought vines in several premiers and grands crus vineyards in the 1950s. In 1974, the year before his death, he was succeeded by his granddaughter Jeanine and her husband Gérard Boudot, and they have recently been assisted by the fourth generation of the family to be involved, their daughter Emilie and her husband Benoît Riffault.

In the 1990s, Jeanine shared her inheritance of the domaine with her two brothers – Henri and Jean-Marc Boillot – both of which have their own domaines. Jean-Marc decided to remove his share of the vines from the domaine, prompting Jeanine and Gérard to acquire several new premiers crus and grands crus [either premiers and grands crus or premier and grand cru sites] , and also to launch a négociant business so they could buy in grapes. Bought-in fruit still constitutes around a third of the blend, and includes grapes sourced from three premier cru vineyards. As they assemble the fruit of their own domaine and bought-in grapes, they have to choose either to label the wines separately as domaine or négociant, or to mix them both. They choose the latter course so cannot claim domaine status.

Etienne Sauzet now owns 10 hectares of vines (including a small...
Consistently fine from year to year, with trademark richness and elegant class, the wines of Etienne Sauzet are some of the most sought after in Puligny-Montrachet.

It was established by the eponymous Etienne Sauzet when he inherited some vines in the early 1900s; he added to these in the 1920s, and bought vines in several premiers and grands crus vineyards in the 1950s. In 1974, the year before his death, he was succeeded by his granddaughter Jeanine and her husband Gérard Boudot, and they have recently been assisted by the fourth generation of the family to be involved, their daughter Emilie and her husband Benoît Riffault.

In the 1990s, Jeanine shared her inheritance of the domaine with her two brothers – Henri and Jean-Marc Boillot – both of which have their own domaines. Jean-Marc decided to remove his share of the vines from the domaine, prompting Jeanine and Gérard to acquire several new premiers crus and grands crus [either premiers and grands crus or premier and grand cru sites] , and also to launch a négociant business so they could buy in grapes. Bought-in fruit still constitutes around a third of the blend, and includes grapes sourced from three premier cru vineyards. As they assemble the fruit of their own domaine and bought-in grapes, they have to choose either to label the wines separately as domaine or négociant, or to mix them both. They choose the latter course so cannot claim domaine status.

Etienne Sauzet now owns 10 hectares of vines (including a small amount in Chassagne-Montrachet), farmed organically since 2006 and which have been biodynamic since 2010. The family has seven vineyard sites in Puligny-Montrachet as well as 6 premiers crus.

Of these, La Garenne has the crispest acidity thanks to high altitude and poor soils. Le Champ Gain is lower down, and has deeper, redder soils, resulting in softer and rounder wines. Wines from Les Referts are bold and ripe, and next door, Les Perrières has younger vines planted on stonier, better-draining soil, but its wines are still powerful. Further up the hill are the domaine’s final two premier cru vineyard sites, Le Champs Canet and Les Combettes, whose excellent balance of clay and chalk soils are reflected in the quality of their wines.

Grapes are pressed in whole clusters using a pneumatic press, before being fermented in casks on their lees, with yeast added only in the most difficult years. Since 2000, a lower portion of new oak has been used for ageing: for premiers crus this is between 20 and 33%, whereas grands crus age in 40% new oak. The wines spend a year in oak then a further six months in stainless-steel tanks, remaining on a proportion of their lees, before the village wines are bottled in December and January, followed by the premiers and grands crus in February and March.
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Burgundy Vintage 2017

Reds: a year that will give enormous pleasure.

2017 produced exuberantly fruity wines with medium structure,
so that the aromas are not suppressed by their tannins. It was
potentially high yielding for pinot noir and the best growers
managed the yield and got ripe yet fresh grapes. The warm year
produced an early harvest which took place between 2nd and
15th September. A variety of red styles were made: the weather was good at vintage so there is a spread of picking dates. Some are fresh and bright, while the later-picked wines are rounder and sweeter.

Both the Côte de Beaune and Côte de Nuits were successful,
making wines that in style and quality surpass 2014, are riper than 2013 yet are lighter than the really concentrated and great 2016s and 2015s.

Whites: aromatic, ripe but fresh

Chablis: bright and fresh

The weather was coolest in Chablis, leading to bright and fresh
wines close to the great 2014s in style and character. In the last
fortnight of April frost ravaged the vineyards, reducing...
Reds: a year that will give enormous pleasure.

2017 produced exuberantly fruity wines with medium structure,
so that the aromas are not suppressed by their tannins. It was
potentially high yielding for pinot noir and the best growers
managed the yield and got ripe yet fresh grapes. The warm year
produced an early harvest which took place between 2nd and
15th September. A variety of red styles were made: the weather was good at vintage so there is a spread of picking dates. Some are fresh and bright, while the later-picked wines are rounder and sweeter.

Both the Côte de Beaune and Côte de Nuits were successful,
making wines that in style and quality surpass 2014, are riper than 2013 yet are lighter than the really concentrated and great 2016s and 2015s.

Whites: aromatic, ripe but fresh

Chablis: bright and fresh

The weather was coolest in Chablis, leading to bright and fresh
wines close to the great 2014s in style and character. In the last
fortnight of April frost ravaged the vineyards, reducing yield but
not affecting quality. Some premiers crus like Montée de Tonnerre and Mont de Milieu produced less than half a crop. The grands crus were partially protected by frost prevention measures.

Côte d’Or: excellent concentration and good structure.

Many vines here are low yielding due to coulure (poor fruit set
which reduces quantity, but not quality) and some heat stress,
which may have conserved acidity. The summer was warm and
so the moderate crop ripened quickly and was picked early at
the end of August or early September.
Mâconnais: very good wines from the best growers
It was warmest here and yields probably were at their highest,
yet the good producers controlled this and picked early to
preserve ripeness, making for very attractive wines.
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2017 vintage reviews

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