2011 Etienne Sauzet - Puligny-Montrachet Les Champs Canet 1er Cru 750ml

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

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Professional Reviews For This Wine


Wine Advocate | Rating: 93

Tasted blind at the Burgundy 2011 horizontal tasting in Beaune. The Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Champ Canet 2011 from Etienne Sauzet has a crisp and defined bouquet with chalk dust, fresh green apple and flint scents that express more vigor than Jacques Carillon's example. The palate is medium-bodied with penetrating citrus fruit, a stony core and a focused, convincing finish that lingers in the mouth. This is a very well-crafted Puligny premier cru from Sauzet.

Drink Dates: 2015-2030
Author: Neal Martin


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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 92(+?)

Green-tinged straw color. Fresh yellow peach and a suggestion of rocky austerity on the nose. Bright lemony acidity enlivens the tactile flavors of citrus, spices, flowers, minerals and white pepper. Finishes backward and quite dry, with a saline quality dusting the palate. I particularly like the wine's smoky mineral tension. This cuvee is the domain's largest premier cru, comprising three ages of vines, including the estate's oldest.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 170

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Wine Spectator | Rating: 92

This rich, supple white shows a laser-like focus, with lemon, apple, floral and mineral flavors. Balanced on the racy side, revealing subtle oak nuances.

Drink Dates: 2016-2025
Author: Bruce Sanderson


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Average rating: 92, based on 3 reviews
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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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