2010 Etienne Sauzet Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru "Combettes"

SKU #1276536 92-95 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 *Don't Miss! Outstanding* Here too the sulfur is so strong that not much can be garnered from the nose. On the palate the seductively textured flavors are not quite as concentrated as those of the Champs Canet but they're even more complex with really lovely purity of expression. There is excellent volume to the explosive, intense and driving finish that is unusually dry, balanced and long. Like its stable mate, this is exceptionally classy and my predicted range obviously assumes that the sulfur will be integrated successfully in time but in this case that should not be a significant risk as this clearly has the material to do so, not to mention very much needing extended cellaring.  (6/2012)

94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 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. 94+ (ST)  (9/2012)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Sauzet’s 2010 Puligny-Montrachet Les Combettes is harmonious and beautifully balanced. Nothing in particular stands out. Ultimately, the Combettes is a wine of textural roundness and suppleness. Hints of reduction appear on the finish but they are balanced by the wine’s sheer depth in this case. (AG)  (8/2012)

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- It's hard to believe that up until about 30 years ago, this extremely popular varietal hid behind the veil of geographical names like Chablis and Puligny-Montrachet. Now grown all over the world and bottled by its varietal name, Chardonnay has achieved a level of branding unlike any other wine. Surprisingly, though, what you get when you buy Chardonnay can differ greatly from country to country and even within one country, depending on the climate where it's grown and how it is vinified and aged. From fresh, crisp and minerally with apple and lemon notes to rich and buttery with tropical fruit overtones, Chardonnay runs the gamut. In France's Burgundy, Chardonnay is the source of the prized wines of Chablis, Corton-Charlemagne, Mâcon, Meursault and Montrachet. It also the foundation of exceptional Champagne, where it is blended with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier or vinified on its own into Blanc de Blancs. It is also extremely popular in California, and is gaining popularity in Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Spain and South Africa.


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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.