Puligny-Montrachet, Burgundy, France
Etienne Sauzet, located in the village of Puligny-Montrachet, is arguably one of Puligny’s finest domaines. Established in the 1920s, the domaine is now in its fourth generation, with Etienne Sauzet’s great great granddaughter Emilie and Benoît Riffault, her winemaker husband, running the domaine. They own a total of 10 hectares in Puligny-Montrachet and have recently acquired five hectares in the Hautes Côtes de Beaune. Etienne Sauzet also purchase grapes from family and trusted growers and have been practising biodynamic viticulture since 2008. The portion of new oak in the cellar has been reduced in recent years to allow the elegance of the fruit to shine through.
Benoît’s immaculate winemaking clearly stands out in his wines, which are all about minerality, precision and exceptional length. The Bourgogne ‘La Tuféra’ punches far above its AOC status with bright fruit intensity, aromas of white flowers and lovely acidity. It is sourced from four parcels in Puligny-Montrachet, where the vines are on average 50 years old. The fruit for the Hautes Côtes de Beaune ‘Jardin du Calvaire’ comes from their biodynamically cultivated vineyard, which is planted at an altitude of 450 metres, at the end of a steep path called ‘la route du Calvaire’ (‘the Calvary route’, an indication of its steepness). Exclusive to Liberty Wines, it is elegant and refined in style, with great tension and length on the palate.