Domaine Etienne Sauzet, located in the village of Puligny-Montrachet is arguably one of Puligny’s finest domaines...
The domaine was established in the 1920s and at its height, had 12 hectares of vines. Etienne’s daughter inherited the vineyards and left them to her three children. As a result the vineyard holdings total less than nine hectares. Today, Jeanine, granddaughter of Etienne, and her husband Gérard run the domaine. Emilie the daughter of Jeanine along with her husband Benoît Riffault, joined in the family business in 2002.
All the vines that produce the Bourgogne Blanc Tuféra are in the village of Puligny Montrachet. The soil is a mixture of clay and chalk. The vines face south-east and are pruned in guyot-simple. The average age of the vines is 50 years old, grown on perfect Chardonnay soil in the heart of the Côtes de Beaune. The domaine has been practicing Biodynamic viticulture since 2008 and will be certified in 2015.
The 2012 vintage was an extremely small vintage, with the Domaine 50% down in quantity. Three hail storms hindered the flowering period, and the vines got sunburnt in the heat of August. However, the end of August and September had optimum conditions. The harvest started on the 17th September in perfect sunshine. The harvest took six days and there were only two hours of rain in the last two hours of picking.
The grapes are pressed using a pneumatic press, which is gentle, controlled and minimises the extraction of astringent phenolics. The wine is aged for 12 months in French oak barrels that are one to three years old before spending another six months in stainless steel vats to ‘marry‘ before bottling.
"Magnifique," says Gérard Boudot. Very aromatic, with more white flowers than yellow fruit. The palate has a good balance of acidity and concentrated fruit flavours. A lovely wine, elegant and tasting far above its AOC.
|Region||Côte de Beaune, Burgundy|
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