Domaine Etienne Sauzet Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru "Les Combettes" 2017

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  • The history of Domaine Etienne dates to the beginning of the 20th century; After four generations and despite Sauzet’s death in 1975, “Sauzet” are still six letters which ring as an homage to Chardonnay.
  • Amongst the most sought-after in all of Burgundy.
  • Puligny-Montrachet is one of the flagship wines of this exceptional domain
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    $474.99
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  • The Wine Advoca
    94+ points
  • Allen Meadows
    92-95 points
  • Stephen Tanzer
    92-94 points
  • Jancis Robinson
    17+ points

Editors notes

An admirably cool yet ripe nose offers up notes of white peach, honeysuckle, wet stone and soft spice nuance. The impressively-scaled, rich, fullbodied and palate staining broad-shouldered flavors brim with dry extract that does an excellent job of buffering the very firm acid spine shaping the wonderfully complex and lingering finish.

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Tasting Profile

  • Light (Light)
    Full (Full)
  • Low Tannin (Low Tannin)
    Tannic (Tannic)
  • Sweet (Sweet)
    Dry (Dry)
  • Low Acidity (Low Acidity)
    High Acidity (High Acidity)
  • Aroma
    • Apple
    • Lemon
    • Nectarine
  • Palate
    • Apple
    • Cream
    • Peach

Food Pairings

  • Cheese
  • Fish
  • Poultry

Critic Scores & reviews

  • The Wine Advocate

    94+
    "Unwinding in the glass with aromas of green pear, peach, orange oil, white flowers and nutmeg, the 2017 Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Combettes is full-bodied, ample and fleshy, with a rich core of concentrated fruit, lively acids and muscular structure, concluding with a long, saline finish. This is a powerful but reserved Combettes that's the most introspective of these Sauzet wines."
  • Allen Meadows

    92-95
    "An admirably cool yet ripe nose offers up notes of white peach, honeysuckle, wet stone and soft spice nuance. The impressively-scaled, rich, full-bodied and palate staining broad-shouldered flavors brim with dry extract that does an excellent job of buffering the very firm acid spine shaping the wonderfully complex and lingering finish. This beauty is perhaps a bit more muscular than usual for a classic Combettes but the natural finesse is still present. Excellent."
  • Stephen Tanzer

    92-94
    "Bright, light yellow. More complex and soil-driven on the nose than the Champ-Canet, hinting at stone fruits, iodiney minerality and hazelnut. Lovely plush, seamless wine with a sexy sweetness to its flavors of peach, flowers and minerals. There's an element of creaminess here that's nicely supported by harmonious acidity and minerality. Finishes with subtly, building spicy length and very good grip."
  • Jancis Robinson MW

    17+
    "Not much on the nose though the sample is cold. Tight, restrained but with a core of pure citrus to take it to a long finish. Very primary and surely more complexity to come. Sour, mouth-watering finish."

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France

Wine is being produced throughout France and has been done for over 2,500 years with certain Châteaux dating their history back to Roman times, around 6th Century BC. Ranking second in the world in per-capita consumption and first in total production quantity. More so than the overall quantity of wine is the quantity of truly great wines coming out of France makes the nation the envy of wine-making nations worldwide.

Two concepts pivotal to the higher end French wines, in particular, are the idea of 'terroir' and the Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée (AOC) system. Terroir refers to the way the geography, geology and climate find their way into the glass, telling a story of the origin of the wine. The AOC was set up in 1935 and has the primary goal of protecting the authenticity of the wines and the livelihoods of the producers. Appellation rules strictly define which varieties of grapes and winemaking practices are approved for classification in each of France's several hundred geographically defined appellations, which can cover entire regions, individual villages or in some cases, like in Burgundy even specific vineyards.

Classic wine regions in France include Champagne (home of Champagne), Burgundy (Pinot Noir and Chardonnay), Bordeaux (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec, Petit Verdot), Alsace (Aromatic varietals), Loire Valley (Chenin Blanc, Crémant) and the Rhône Valley (Syrah, Grenache Mourvedre)

The Bordeaux classification of 1855 is still in use, as is the Sauternes and Barsac Classification of the same year. Wines from certain regions can be bought En Primeur, which is when the wine is sold prior to it being bottled.

Burgundy

Burgundy is undoubtedly the home of the finest Pinot Noir and Chardonnays in the world, where vineyards, or Domaines have been producing wines for over 2000 years. Burgundy is located in the North-east of France, an hours drive from Lyon and 2 hours from Paris. With over 100 appellations, or sub-regions (more than any other wine region) Burgundy is known for being the most terroir-oriented region in the World. The finest red wines of Burgundy are found in the Côte d'Or, a string of villages including Côte de Nuits, Gevrey-Chambertin, Morey St Denis, Chambolle-Musigny, Vougeot, Vosne-Romanée and Nuits-St Georges.

There are flavours present in great Burgundys that are the envy of Pinot Noir producers worldwide. The elusive peacocks tail finish that goes on and on, and the pretty-elegance backed by Burgundy muscle is the goal of winemakers around the globe. The main levels in the Burgundy classifications, in descending order of quality, are: Grand crus, Premier crus, village appellations, and finally regional appellations. For the Chablis wines, a similar hierarchy of Grand Cru, Premier Cru and Village wines is used, plus Petit Chablis as a level below Village Chablis.

Puligny-Montrachet

Puligny-Montrachet is an important commune in the Côte de Beaune subregion of Burgundy, France. The area produces both red (Pinot Noir) and white (Chardonnay) wines. The commune also produces five Grand Crus and shares the Montrachet Grand Cru with neighbouring Chassagne. Its steep limestone slopes enjoy the morning sun. The area’s esteemed Chardonnays are bright gold in colour with hints of green highlights, which can intensify with age. On the nose, expect blossom, grapes, hazelnut, lemongrass, and green apple. You may also detect almond milk, buttery, bready, and honey notes as well as a flinty character. On the palate, expect minerality, and flavours of apples and peaches, with a lighter, more acid-driven style than its counterparts in Chassagne. These wines can improve with age. The Pinot Noirs are bright-ruby-coloured in youth, which will darken as they age. On the nose and palate, you’ll find both red fruit and black fruit, such as raspberries, gooseberries, blackberries, and blackcurrants, gaining characters of musk, leather, and fur with age.

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