2010 Etienne Sauzet - Puligny-Montrachet Les Combettes 1er Cru 750ml

France - Burgundy - Cote de Beaune - Puligny Montrachet | Premier Cru/ White / Chardonnay   |     Watch

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Professional Reviews For This Wine


International Wine Cellar | Rating: 94(+?)

Bright, pale yellow-straw color. Musky, reticent aromas of citrus peel, vanilla and white flowers. Chewy and perfumed in the mouth; not yet as thick as the Champ-Canet but sappy and energetic, showing a captivating note of white rose and lovely mineral cut. This tightly coiled, saline wine also boasts terrific length but is very young.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 164

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Average rating: 92, based on 1 reviews

Collector Data For This Wine

61 bottles owned by 18 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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