2017 Domaine Etienne Sauzet Puligny Montrachet

SKU #1399911 90 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 (from 7 different lieux-dits). A more restrained and more floral nose reflects notes of white peach, pear and acacia blossom. There is better detail and excellent punch to the attractively delineated medium-bodied flavors that possess better mid-palate density, all wrapped in an agreeably dry, focused and well-balanced finish. Lovely.  (6/2019)

90 points John Gilman

 The 2017 Puligny AC from the Boudot family is also an fine bottle of village wine, with a lovely girdle of acidity that will ask for a few years in the cellar to blossom properly. The bouquet wafts from the glass in a mix of white peach, apple, spring flowers, chalky soil tones, lemon peel and vanillin oak. On the palate the wine is crisp, full-bodied, long and quite impressively racy in personality, with a fine core, very good focus and grip and a long, nascently complex and zesty finish. Fine juice. 2020-2045+.  (1/2019)

88-90 points Vinous

 (already assembled): Good aromatic lift to the aromas of fresh apricot and butter. A step up in density and balance from the village Chassagne-Montrachet but weightless and stylish. Stone fruit flavors are lifted by a subtle floral topnote. Finishes shapely, dry and persistent, with very good cut. Should make a classic, harmonious village wine. (ST)  (9/2018)

K&L Notes

91pts Jasper Morris Inside Burgundy: "Pale lemon colour, a more engaging nose than the Chassagne, thanks to its floral notes. Very complete in the middle. Lifted fruit in the middle and following on to the back, then the barrel attributes and good acidity. This is not yet quite together but very promising. " (01/2019)

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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.