2015 Etienne Sauzet Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru "Garenne"

SKU #1314084 92 points John Gilman

 The 2015 Clos de la Garenne from Domaine Sauzet is a perfect example of the vintage here, as the wine is ripe and offers plenty of fruit muscle, but also shows excellent fidelity to its underlying terroir. The bouquet wafts from the glass in a blend of apple, tangerine, wet stone minerality, spring flowers, citrus zest and vanillin oak. On the palate the wine is deep, fullbodied, pure and complex, with a generous core of fruit, very good cut and grip and a long, intense finish. This will need just a couple of years in the cellar to start to blossom and will drink with plenty of style from an early age. 2018-2040.  (1/2017)

88-91 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 A discreet application of wood sets off very ripe notes of pear liqueur, petrol and floral hints. There is exceptionally good richness to the very round and highly seductive medium weight flavors that brim with dry extract and minerality though I find that the finish lacks the same vibrancy and refreshing dryness as the best of these 1ers. To be sure this is perfectly good but it's not distinguished.  (6/2017)

88-90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2015 Puligny Montrachet 1er Cru la Garenne has an elegant bouquet with hints of white flower permeating the citrus fruit, certainly a level up from the village cru in terms of complexity. The palate is balanced with light peachy notes on the entry. There is good depth and a fine line of acidity, hints of almond developing towards the satisfying if slightly conservative finish. (NM)  (12/2016)


 (from vines at the top of the slope): Pale straw-yellow. Musky, expressive aromas and flavors of apple and spices lifted by a mineral topnote. Plush and sweet in the mouth, conveying an impression of high-altitude energy if not particularly elevated acidity. Finishes spicy and slightly phenolic, with lingering fruit and mineral flavors enlivened by a note of white flowers. (ST)  (9/2017)

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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.


- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them.


- The province of eastern France, famous for its red wines produced from Pinot Noir and its whites produced from Chardonnay. (Small of amounts of Gamay and Aligoté are still grown, although these have to be labeled differently.) The most famous part of the region is known as the Côte d'Or (the Golden Slope). It is divided into the Côte de Beaune, south of the town of Beaune (famous principally for its whites), and the Côte de Nuits, North of Beaune (home of the most famous reds). In addition, the Côte Chalonnaise and the Mâconnais are important wine growing regions, although historically a clear level (or more) below the Côte d'Or. Also include by some are the regions of Chablis and Auxerrois, farther north.
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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.