Etienne Sauzet

Etienne Sauzet

Slow generational change is the policy at Etienne Sauzet with Benoit Riffault, son-in-law of Gérard Boudot, now making the wines with Gérard only getting involved in the major decisions. He himself ran the estate from 1975 onwards, assuming the mantle from Etienne Sauzet, grandfather of his wife Jeannine.

So it has passed through the female line twice, and Benoit’s wife Emilie née Boudot is very involved in the commercial side of the business. This operates from their dovecote-like office from which there are panoramic views over Puligny-Montrachet’s finest slopes. The estate extends to 10 ha with a small number of grapes bought in to replace production from vines lost some years ago due to a split inheritance, some vines going to the Boillot family. The Chassagne-Montrachet comes from a single 50 year-old parcel situated just by Bâtard-Montrachet, while the village Puligny wine is from nine different parcels. There are nine different Puligny-Montachet premier crus in the portfolio including Champ-Canet, Combettes and Referts which border Meursault Perrières and Charmes. Four out of five of the Montrachet grand crus are represented with, from top slope to bottom, Chevalier-Montrachet, Montrachet, Bâtard-Montrachet and Bienvenue-Bâtard-Montrachet. Reduction of yields through short pruning and de-budding is extremely important. Top quality oak is used in the spotless cellars, the proportion of new wood varying from 20% to 40% on the premier and grand crus. A tasting with either Gérard or Benoit in their immaculately swish, new tasting room is an education in the effect of terroir, particularly the effects of altitude and the proportions of clay versus limestone, on the wines of Puligny and Chassagne-Montrachet. The fruit flavours vary from citrus through to yellow fruit, the weight changing between elegance and sublime power. For a taste at a more affordable price we always recommend their Bourgogne ‘La Tufera’ which is made in a combination of wooden vats and aged barrels.

  1. Puligny 1er cru Referts, E Sauzet
    Puligny-Montrachet 1er cru Les Referts, Etienne Sauzet 2016
    Chardonnay 13.5% Vol
    Burgundy > Côte de Beaune
    Both floral and citrus notes abound, followed by deep intense fruit on the palate, not fat but...
    £95.00 per bottle
  2. Bourgogne Chardonnay La Tufera, Etienne Sauzet 2016-En Primeur (case of 6)
    Bourgogne Chardonnay La Tufera, Etienne Sauzet 2016-En Primeur (case of 6)
    Burgundy > Bourgogne & Hautes Côtes
    This isn't big blend Chardonnay from a wide region, this is intensely flavoured, minerally...
    £TBA
  3. Puligny-Montrachet, Etienne Sauzet 2016-En Primeur (case of 6)
    Puligny-Montrachet, Etienne Sauzet 2016-En Primeur (case of 6)
    Burgundy > Côte de Beaune
    Grapes from ten small parcels of vines around the village. The result is a mineral character that...
    £TBA
  4. Puligny-Montrachet 1er cru Les Perrières, Etienne Sauzet 2016-En Primeur (case of 6)
    Puligny-Montrachet 1er cru Les Perrières, Etienne Sauzet 2016-En Primeur (case of 6)
    A precise mineral focus with some hints of citrus oils, silky and intense on the palate showing...
    £TBA
  5. Puligny-Montrachet 1er cru Les Referts, Etienne Sauzet 2016-En Primeur (case of 6)
    Puligny-Montrachet 1er cru Les Referts, Etienne Sauzet 2016-En Primeur (case of 6)
    Burgundy > Côte de Beaune
    Both floral and citrus notes abound, followed by deep intense fruit on the palate, not fat but...
    £TBA
  6. Puligny-Montrachet 1er cru Champ Canet, Etienne Sauzet 2016-En Primeur (case of 6)
    Puligny-Montrachet 1er cru Champ Canet, Etienne Sauzet 2016-En Primeur (case of 6)
    Burgundy > Côte de Beaune
    Clean flint nose; the whole becomes warmer and more generous with a touch of orange on the palate...
    £TBA
  7. Bâtard-Montrachet grand cru, Etienne Sauzet 2016-En Primeur (case of 1)
    Bâtard-Montrachet grand cru, Etienne Sauzet 2016-En Primeur (case of 1)
    Bâtard is directly downhill from Le Montrachet, its deeper soils generally giving more floral,...
    £TBA
  8. Chevalier-Montrachet gr cru, E Sauzet
    Chevalier-Montrachet grand cru, Etienne Sauzet 2016 (Shrewsbury Oddment)
    Chardonnay Burgundy > Côte de Beaune
    Famed for its finesse, Chevalier is rated second only to the great Le Montrachet. It is a top slope...
    £520.00 per bottle
  9. Bourgogne Chardonnay, Tufera, E Sauzet
    Bourgogne Blanc, La Tufera, Etienne Sauzet 2016
    Chardonnay 12.5% Vol
    Burgundy > Bourgogne & Hautes Côtes
    This isn't big blend Chardonnay from a wide region, this is intensely flavoured, minerally...
    £27.00 per bottle
  10. Bourgogne Chardonnay La Tufera, Etienne Sauzet 2017-En Primeur (White)
    Bourgogne Chardonnay La Tufera, Etienne Sauzet 2017-En Primeur (White)
    Burgundy > Bourgogne & Hautes Côtes
    Lovely energy to this! Attractive floral notes over stewed pear fruit but beautifully sweet on the...
    £TBA
  11. Puligny-Montrachet, Etienne Sauzet 2017-En Primeur (White)
    Puligny-Montrachet, Etienne Sauzet 2017-En Primeur (White)
    Burgundy > Côte de Beaune
    A true village wine from 12 different plots in and around the village. With fresh, green apple and...
    £TBA
  12. Puligny-Montrachet 1er cru Les Perrières, Etienne Sauzet 2017-En Primeur (White)
    Puligny-Montrachet 1er cru Les Perrières, Etienne Sauzet 2017-En Primeur (White)
    Burgundy > Côte de Beaune
    The lighter clay and limestone soil mix of Perrières helps produce a classic mineral style. Pears...
    £TBA
  13. Puligny-Montrachet 1er cru Les Referts, Etienne Sauzet 2017-En Primeur (White)
    Puligny-Montrachet 1er cru Les Referts, Etienne Sauzet 2017-En Primeur (White)
    Burgundy > Côte de Beaune
    The only Premier cru in the village with clay soils so this has added weight, depth and richness....
    £TBA
  14. Puligny-Montrachet 1er cru Champ Canet, Etienne Sauzet 2017-En Primeur (White)
    Puligny-Montrachet 1er cru Champ Canet, Etienne Sauzet 2017-En Primeur (White)
    Burgundy > Côte de Beaune
    Pears and lemon cough sweets! This is rich and complex with wonderful intensity of white and yellow...
    £TBA
  15. Puligny-Montrachet 1er cru Les Combettes, Etienne Sauzet 2017-En Primeur (White)
    Puligny-Montrachet 1er cru Les Combettes, Etienne Sauzet 2017-En Primeur (White)
    Burgundy > Côte de Beaune
    Expressive nose with apricot, peach and a hint of cooked quince; big and rich on the palate with...
    £TBA
  16. Puligny 1er cru Referts, E Sauzet
    Puligny-Montrachet 1er cru Les Referts, Etienne Sauzet 2017
    Chardonnay Burgundy > Côte de Beaune
    The only Premier cru in the village with clay soils so this has added weight, depth and richness....
    £105.00 per bottle
  17. Le Montrachet gr cru, E Sauzet
    Le Montrachet grand cru, Etienne Sauzet 2013 (Shrewsbury Oddment)
    Chardonnay 13.5% Vol
    Burgundy > Côte de Beaune
    The essence of white wine! Supreme power and weight with enormous concentration and a very welcome,...
    £520.00 per bottle