2014 Etienne Sauzet Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru "Combettes"

SKU #1264835 91-94 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 *Sweet spot* A subtle application of wood easily allows the mildly exotic and fresh aromas of ripe white and yellow orchard fruit, tangerine peel and lychee nut to be appreciated. As is usually the case the medium weight plus flavors are slightly bigger and richer than those of the Champ Canet yet the palate impression remains one of refinement and class on the lingering finish that displays focused power. This beautifully balanced effort will also require at least moderate patience.  (6/2016)

92-94 points Vinous

 Good pale yellow. Deeper and nuttier than the Champ-Canet, offering scents of mirabelle, candied yellow fruits and menthol. Rich and moderately thick but with racy acidity giving lift and definition to the middle palate. Shows excellent leesy intensity and attractive violet lift. This is also a bit tannic and tight but comes across as more perfumed and lively than the Champ-Canet. With excellent punch, this wine is evolving slowly. Incidentally, this vineyard features a massale selection that Boudot uses for replanting missing vines in his other crus. (ST)  (9/2015)

91-93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2014 Puligny-Montrachet 1Er Cru Les Combettes is much more reserved, aloof, stoic on the nose that its peers despite encouragement. The palate is fresh on the entry with green apple, Conference pear and a touch of white pepper, gently fanning out with that spicy element becoming more and more pronounced. This is a serious Puligny and it should be afforded 2-3 years in the cellar. (NM)  (10/2015)

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Puligny Montrachet

- Puligny is a village which has been called 'attractive, self-confident and unpretentious.' Some of the world's greatest dry white wines come from here. The Grands Crus of Montrachet, Chevalier Montrachet, Bâtard Montrachet, and Bienvenues Bâtard Montrachet are on the southern edge, adjacent to the village of Chassagne. In Puligny, you can see the distinctly different soils which yield the different wines. The borders of the Grands Crus are anything but arbitrary, and the character of the wines form Puligny are distinct from Meursault to the north and Chassagne to the South. The vineyards closest to Meursault have thin soils, with slate and rock. Their wines are more delicate and minerally but no less lovely than the more powerful wines from the vineyards towards the Grands Crus.