2007 Etienne Sauzet - Puligny-Montrachet Champs Gain 1er Cru 750ml

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Professional Reviews For This Wine

Wine Advocate | Rating: 92

Another of the Sauzet trio (or, depending on whether one includes 2 barrels of La Truffiere ' which I did not have chance to taste this vintage ' quartet) of bottlings from the upper elevations of Puligny, their 2007 Puligny-Montrachet Champs-Gain exudes head-turning vividness of buddleia perfume; bright fresh lime, yellow plum and liquid floral perfume on a lithe but silken palate; and finishes with refreshment, lift, and invigoration, with tactile impingement of lime zest and chalk. This ravishing tonic of a Puligny is distinguished for now by its combination of elegance and intensity, but will probably gain in complexity over the next several years, and I would certainly feel free to follow it for at least half a dozen.

Author: David Schildknecht
Issue: 186

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Burghound | Rating: 92

Like the prior two wines, the 300+ meter altitude is evident as this is very cool, pure and airy, offering notes of stone, rose petal, anise and a hint of brioche that is also picked up by the detailed, delicate and racy middle weight flavors that possess superb intensity and a real sense of harmony on the lingering finish. A Zen wine that should age well.

Drink Dates: 2013+
Author: Allen Meadows
Issue: Issue 35 Burghound Selection Outstanding

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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 91

($103) Very pale color. Crushed stone, lemon, grapefruit and flowers on the nose, plus a whiff of underripe pineapple. Intensely flavored and nicely sweet, offering a lovely combination of supple texture and firm supporting minerality. The wine's density is nicely cut by brisk acidity. Finishes firm but not hard, with enticing sappy persistence. Should make a lovely drink. From 50-year-old vines featuring a lot of millerandage

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 146

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Average rating: 92, based on 3 reviews
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25 bottles owned by 6 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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