Intense minerality, crisp acidity and rounded stone fruit flavours alongside balanced oak. A great intro into the style of this Phenomenal producer.
Sauzet is one of the most famous names in the Cote d’Or, producing immaculate Chardonnay from their holdings in Puligny-Montrachet, all of which is farmed biodynamically. Punches above it’s weight, showing fruit intensity and drive rarely found at Bourgogne level. A beautiful introduction to the style of Sauzet.
Producer: Etienne Sauzet
Region/Country: Burgundy, France
Production Method: Sustainable farming. Gentle press and temperature controlled fermentation. 12 months ageing in 1-3 year old French oak.
Style: Aromatic with well balanced acidity, fruit and oak influence
Pairing Suggestion: Shellfish, poultry and white meat dishes
Profile: Commonly referred to as the winemakers grape oweing to both its versatility and ease of manipulation in the winery. Chardonnay will range widely in character depending on its region of origin as well as winemaking style. One the lighter end of the spectrum, generally from cooler regions, it will display crisp, somewhat tart acidity alongside citrus and orchard fruit character and mineral texture. Moving to warmer climates gradually produces a more ripe stone and tropical fruit character. Winemaking, particuarly the use of oak and batonnage (lees stirring) produces a richer, creamier texture and flavours of toast, butter and vanilla spice.
Classic Regions: Chablis, Cote d'Or, Maconnais, Champagne (France), Yarra Valley, Tasmania, Margaret River (Australia), Canterbury (New Zealand), Walker Bay (South Africa)
Etienne Sauzet, located in the village of Puligny-Montrachet, is arguably one of Puligny’s finest domaines. The domaine has been practising biodynamic viticulture since 2008. Benoît’s immaculate winemaking clearly stands out in his wines, which are all about minerality, precision and exception