2004 Etienne Sauzet - Puligny-Montrachet Les Referts 1er Cru 750ml

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Professional Reviews For This Wine


Wine Spectator | Rating: 90

A beam of fresh lemon, surrounded by apple and mineral flows through the silky texture in this classy white. Remains firm and harmonious, with a nice lingering aftertaste of mineral. 125 cases imported.

Drink Dates: 2008-2014
Author: Bruce Sanderson
Issue: Web

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Burghound | Rating: 89

(35 year old vines planted in much deeper soil interspersed with lots of gravel and aged in 33% new wood) Much more obvious wood influence mixes with citrus and baked green apple aromas that dissolve into ultra pure, sweet and mouth coating medium full and generous flavors that possess a really seductive texture on the delicious, supple and acceptably complex finish that delivers solid if not sensational length. If this adds more depth with time in bottle, my score could be conservative.

Drink Dates: 2009+
Author: Allen Meadows
Issue: Issue 23

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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 89(+?)

($89) Cool but ripe aromas of citrus fruits and spices. A step up in intensity over the Hameau de Blagny, but with racy acidity giving the floral and lime flavors a penetrating character. This comes across as less dense than the Hameau de Blagny and less evolved. Finishes with substantial lemony acidity. I'd wait three years on this one.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 128

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Average rating: 89, based on 3 reviews
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136 bottles owned by 34 collectors.

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About This Producer


The domaine of Etienne Sauzet is made up of 26 acres, much of it in the heart of the premier crus vineyards of Puligny-Montrachet. Gerard Boudot, owner and winemaker of Domaine Sauzet, is seeking 'maximum finesse and an individual expression of the climat.' M. Boudot, who married the granddaughter of the late Etienne Sauzet, runs the domaine and has modernized and improved the vinification, making the wines of this domaine among the most sought-after white wines of Burgundy.

The estate has been bottling 100% of its production since the early 1950s. Boudot ferments and ages 100% of the premiers crus and grand crus in small oak, one-third new. The average age of the vines is 30-35 years. These are textbook white burgundies, brimming with flavor, yet elegant and well-balanced.

Wine Varietal: Chardonnay


Arguably the best dry white wine grape out there, Chardonnay is grown all over the globe. In addition to being the backbone of fine white Burgundies, Chardonnay is also one of the three major grape varieties used in producing Champagne. Susceptible to a myriad of complications, Chardonnay berries are relatively small, thin-skinned, fragile, and oxidize easily. Chardonnay grapes can be sensitive to winemaking techniques and more difficult to handle from harvest to bottling than many other varieties. Some producers will use malolactic fermentation (where harsher malic acid is turned into softer lactic acid and carbon dioxide) to reduce crispness and acidity and add a creamy, buttery texture to wines. The "oaky" character of some Chardonnays comes from fermenting or aging which takes place in oak barrels. Once barrel-aged, Chardonnay may take on notes of vanilla or toast. While Chardonnay is produced worldwide, the best can be found in France, the United States, Argentina, Chile, Australia, Italy, New Zealand, and South Africa. Typical descriptors for Chardonnay include mineral, green apple, citrus, tropical fruits, vanilla, butter and smokiness.

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