2007 Etienne Sauzet - Puligny-Montrachet Les Referts 1er Cru 750ml

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Professional Reviews For This Wine

Burghound | Rating: 92

(35+ year old vines planted in much deeper soil interspersed with lots of gravel and aged in 33% new wood) A slightly riper nose that is pure, elegant and expressive displays orchard fruit, especially white peach and pear, trimmed in freshly cut lemon hints that continue onto the bigger and richer flavors that offer a natural sweetness on the sappy, complex and beautifully balanced finish. Good juice and very Puligny.

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

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Wine Spectator | Rating: 91

Clean lines mark this slim, taut, linear white. Lime, apple, hazelnut and mineral aromas and flavors get lift from the vivid structure. It all plays out on the crisp, limestone-inflected finish.

Drink Dates: 2012-2020
Author: Bruce Sanderson

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Wine Advocate | Rating: 91

The Sauzet 2007 Puligny-Montrachet Les Referts ' from 55 year old vines in a clay-rich parcel right up against Meursault Charmes ' is pungently and sweetly scented with heliotrope, lily, and lemon zest; palpable extract rich in its combination of chewy peach skin, lemon zest, salt, and chalk, with bitter hints of peach kernel and toasted nuts seemingly reflecting proximity to Meursault; and invigoratingly, tactilely long. Any tendency this bright, tensile wine would have towards austerity is ameliorated by its glycerin-rich texture, which also helps with a hint of finishing roughness.

Author: David Schildknecht
Issue: 186

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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 91(+?)

($111) Very pale yellow. Ripe aromas of peach, spices and minerals. Supple, fresh and perfumed in the mouth, with brisk acidity giving shape to the white peach flavors. Nicely dense and backward wine with a solid spinal column. The pH here is a fairly low 3.17, notes Boudot, most of whose 2007s are in the healthy 3.2 range.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 146

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Average rating: 90, based on 4 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

86 bottles owned by 22 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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