2015 Etienne Sauzet Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru "La Truffiere" (Previously $160)

SKU #1314090 89-92 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 A notably cool and restrained nose displays notes of matchstick and petrol characters along with green apple, acacia blossom and soft wood nuances. There is once again fine volume to the delicious and caressing flavors that possess an appealing minerality before culminating in an almond-inflected finish that offers very good if not elite depth and persistence. This too should drink well early.  (6/2017)

92 points John Gilman

 The 2015 Truffières chez Boudot is a bit exotic this year, as the heat of the summer has given this lovely wine a nice tropical allure on both the nose and palate. The bouquet wafts from the glass in a blend of pear, tangerine, a touch of papaya, lovely soil tones, musky, acacia-like floral tones and vanillin oak. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and absolutely seamless, with a rock solid core, fine focus and grip and a long, energetic and complex finish. There is a bit of warm vintage character here (this is also a warmer, sheltered parcel of vines), but also excellent depth and complexity! 2017-2035.  (1/2017)

90-92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2015 Puligny Montrachet 1er Cru Les Truffières captures the trademark tropical scents of the vintage: fresh pineapple, passion fruit and a hint of white peach, whilst neatly avoiding any sense of blowsiness or overpowering sensations. The palate is harmonious with a smooth texture, notes of toffee apple, lemon curd and walnut segueing into a finish that feels a little richer than the 2014 last year, but thankfully it maintains fine balance. Whilst the Puligny Hameau de Blagny seems a little more effortless, this remains a fine proposition. (NM)  (12/2016)

90 points Vinous

 Pale, bright yellow. Deeply pitched, reticent nose hints at ripe apricot. Fatter, sweeter and earthier than the Champ Gain; broader and richer too but its ripe stone fruit flavors show less definition and lift than the Champ Gain. These vines are located just under the Champ Gain but the soil is deeper here. Still, the wall between the two vineyards makes La Truffière a slightly hotter site, and these vines suffered from some drought stress in 2015. (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.