Etienne Sauzet Puligny Montrachet 2017
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Drinking beautifully now, the aromatics sail from the glass including white flowers, lemons, pears, nutmeg, and baking bread. It's medium to full-body, with a fleshy but concentrated core mid-palate. Ripe fruits and electric acids play tag through a long, sweeping finish. This wine is perfectly structured and a joy to drink at any time during its evolution, but it will continue to evolve gracefully over the next 10+ years.
Sauzet creates benchmark wines not only for Puligny Montrachet but for all of Burgundy. Current winemaker, Emilie Boillot, Etienne’s great grand-daughter, has amazingly raised the bar, farming biodynamically, reducing yields, and employing a more rigorous selection of grapes. The resulting wines are nothing short of fantastic and the new releases from 2017 are electric.
Today the Domaine has been passed to their daughter Emilie and her husband, Benoît Riffault, who continue to produce white wines that are among the most sought-after in all of Burgundy. Although the winemaking techniques have been modernized, M. Sauzet’s traditions of estate-bottling and of aging the wines on their lees for 10-12 months to “nourish them” are still respected and result in superbly finished, fruity, and full-bodied wines. After four generations, Sauzet is still synonymous with high-quality, elegant, Burgundian Chardonnay.