Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru `Champ Gain`

Côte de Beaune

Domaine Etienne Sauzet

Domaine Etienne Sauzet, located in the village of Puligny-Montrachet, is arguably one of...

Puligny's finest domaines. The domaine was established in the 1920s and at its height, had 12 hectares of vines. Etienne's daughter inherited the vineyards and left them to her three children. As a result the vineyard holdings total less than nine hectares. Today, the next generation has taken over with Emilie, Jeanine’s daughter, running the domaine with her winemaker husband Benoît Riffault. Etienne Sauzet purchases grapes from family and trusted growers. They have been practicing biodynamic viticulture for the last seven years. The portion of new oak in the cellar has also been reduced in recent years to allow the elegance of the fruit to shine through.

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Vineyards

Premier Cru ‘Champ Gain’ comes from two parcels of vines, just under Garenne, next to Truffière. The vines average 65 years and soils here are less stony but allow for deeper rooting. The Domaine practices sustainable viticulture. All vineyard work, such as debudding to control yield and opening up the canopy, is done by hand, as is harvesting. Vines are Guyot trained.

Vintage Information

2015 experienced a warm summer with little rainfall, which brought the harvest forward. The Chardonnay grapes were harvested at full ripeness and the resulting wines are full of stone fruit characters, with more richness and lower acidity levels than the wines of 2014.

Vinification

Grapes were hand harvested and sorted in the vineyard and at the winery if required. Whole bunches were pressed in a pneumatic press for two hours, pressing gently to retain aromatics and delicate fruit aromas and flavours. Fermentation took place in old barrels and lasted approximately one month. The wine was aged in 20% new oak for 12 months, while the remaining 80% was aged in older oak aged between two and three years. Using a small proportion of new oak allowed the elegance of the fruit to come through while adding a delicate complexity. The wine was aged for a further 9-10 months in stainless steel tanks after racking off the fine lees. Fining was performed with bentonite, before light filtration and gravity-fed bottling.

Tasting Notes

This wine is elegant, poised and showcases perfectly Gerard Boudot's winemaking talent. Refined and powerful at the same time, it has fantastic flavours of fresh pineapple and apple.

Vintage Information

Vintage 2015
Grape varieties 100% Chardonnay
Region Côte de Beaune, Burgundy
Winemaker Gérard Boudot
Alcohol (ABV) 13.5%