2014 Etienne Sauzet Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru "Referts"
Allen Meadows - Burghound
This flirts with the exotic with its elegant and ripe nose of white peach, lychee nut, acacia and soft wood nuances. There is a bit more volume and richness to the seductively textured medium-bodied flavors that coat the palate with sap before terminating in a vibrant, balanced and beautifully complex finish. This is really quite pretty and it's also very Referts in style.
(25% new oak; these very old, degenerating vineyard yielded just 38 hectoliters per hectare in 2014): Full medium yellow. Musky yellow fruits, nut oil and spices on the nose, along with a leesy nuance. Silky, fat and spicy, showing a lovely restrained sweetness and classic balance. Very rich, long and dry on the aftertaste. (ST)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2014 Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru les Referts has a similar bouquet to the 2014 Hameau de Blagny, but with slightly more greener fruit, kiwi and Granny Smith apples. The palate is vibrant on the entry. There is good weight here, harmonious and focused, gaining weight on the citrus-driven finish with hints of nectarine and pear on the aftertaste. This fans out nicely after a modest beginning and I suspect it will reside at the top of my estimate once in bottle. (NM)