Domaine Etienne Sauzet
Puligny-Montrachet “Hameau de Blagny”
1er Cru White barrel
Tasted: Jun 10, 2019
Note: from 60+ year old vines
Producer note: Gérard Boudot’s son-in-law Benoît Riffault described the 2017 vintage as “one where there is a definite disconnect between the technical specs and our tasting impressions. The growing season was precocious but we had relatively poor weather during the flowering which caused a great deal of shatter, which obviously is never good for yields. We chose to begin picking on the 29th of August and while the volumes in terms of bunches and their weights seemed reasonable, there just wasn’t much juice in the berries. As such we actually had lower yields in 2017 in the 1ers than we did in 2016! Potential alcohols were quite good though at between 13 and 14% so not much was chaptalized. The post-malo pHs were good if not exactly low as they ranged between 3.2 and 3.3. So it would appear from the technical figures that we might have top heavy or ponderous wines yet they are anything but as they’re energetic, super-fresh and particularly transparent to the underlying terroir. We are quite pleased with the results and I would class the 2017s in the same family as 2011 and 2014. With that said, at the domaine we would place 2017 above 2011 but just behind 2014.” I repeat for the benefit of readers that the domaine is now sealing the bottle necks for the 1ers and grands crus. I would also point out again that as of 2013 the domaine is using corks with a diameter of 25 mm (24 is normal) from cork bark that has a minimum of 12 years of age. (Vineyard Brands, www.vineyardbrands.com, AL, USA; O.W. Loeb, www.owloeb.com, Justerini & Brooks, www.justerinis.com, Tanners Wine, www.tanners-wines.co.uk, The Wine Society, www.thewinesociety.com, Davy & Co., www.davywine.co.uk, Goedhuis & Co., www.goedhuis.com, Harrods Limited, www.harrods.com/food-and-wine, Laytons, www.laytons.co.uk, Clarion Wines, www.clarionwines.co.uk, The Rare & Fine Wine Company Limited, www.therareandfinewinecompany.com, House of Townend, www.houseoftownend.com, Claret-E Ltd, www.claret-e.com, Berry Brothers & Rudd, www.bbr.com and Domaine Direct, www.domainedirect.co.uk, all UK; Sequin & Robillard/Vinifera, www.seguinrobillard.ca, Canada).
Tasting note: This is aromatically similar to the La Garenne but with even more citrus influence. The palate impression of the medium-bodied flavors is not quite as tension-filled but there is a bit more mid-palate fat, all wrapped in a bone dry and slightly more complex finale. This too needs to add a bit of depth but given that there is sufficient structure, it should reward mid-term cellaring.