Etienne Sauzet, Puligny-Montrachet
2016 Burgundy En Primeur
Subtle changes have been taking place here, as Gérard Boudot’s daughter Emilie and her husband Benoît Riffault become evermore involved with work in vineyards, winery and cellar. Benoît grew up on his family’s wine Domaine in Sancerre, but his boots today are 100% caked with the soils of Puligny-Montrachet. Etienne Sauzet’s wines have been bio-dynamically cultivated since 2008/9, which has resulted in lessened yields, with aromas and flavours which are purer and denser. The wines have undoubt-edly gained complexity, harmony and length.
Tasting with Benoît is a masterclass on the vineyards of Puligny. The Domaine’s parcels span the appellation, and the subtleties of each vineyard are clearly expressed in each of the wines. They have made a brilliant success of the 2016 vintage. Volumes here are more limited than ever, however, with harvest down by 40% thanks to frost and late spring mildew.