Domaine Etienne Sauzet's 2018 Burgundies

August 03, 2020

If you're a fan of these elegant white burgundies, here's an overview of Sauzet and their 2018 growing season.

ABOUT ETIENNE SAUZET

It all begins in the first part of the twentieth century, after getting a heritage of some grape vines and buying some others, my great grandfather Etienne Sauzet created domain with the same name in Puligny-Montrachet (21190, Côte d’or, Burgundy).

After four generations and despite his demise since 1975, SAUZET are still 6 letters which ring as an homage at Chardonnay.

At every moments, it’s a pride to walk on the mythics lands of Puligny, this ground, this earth which gave birth to our wines.

This territory is a direct link to family.

It's also a tribute to Etienne Sauzet first but also to the parents, Jeanine and Gérard Boudot who have done everything to raise the great reputation of the domain that it has today.

The vineyard represents 15 ha distributed on Puligny-Montrachet, Chassagne-Montrachet and Cormot-le-Grand in the Hautes côtes de Beaune.

The Winery take care of the grape vines, the land, the nature, which give energy to each piece of grapes then to every wine.

The work is respectful of what have been done before, a little step for future and the Winery is proud to continue it…

VITICULTURE

The domaine of Etienne Sauzet follows sustainable, organic, and biodynamic practices across their 37 acres distributed between Puligny-Montrachet, Chassagne-Montrachet, and Cormot-le-Grand in the Hautes-Côtes de Beaune. Much of these holdings are in the heart of the prestigious premier cru vineyards of Puligny-Montrachet. The age of the vines ranges from 23-74 years, and the resulting fruit reaches a high degree of ripeness in these well-placed vineyards. The average yield is 3-3.5 tons per acre.

GROWING SEASON

Thibault Morey described the 2018 growing season as "pretty easy generally speaking but there were some difficult periods as well because as the summer progressed the water reserves in the soil were used up and thus there was some hydric stress. We actually had a normal amount of rainfall during the year, but it was heavily weighted toward the spring. We picked from the 1st to the 6th of September and brought in very good yields that ranged from 50 to 60 hl/ha in chardonnay but much less in pinot. Potential alcohols were in the 12.5 to 13.2% range for the chardonnay and a bit more for the pinot. I did a super-soft vinification with a 5 to 7-day cool maceration and then an approximately two-week cuvaison where I only did daily pump overs. As to the wines, I actually find the reds quite surprising as they have much better balance and vibrancy than I would have imagined given how dry and hot the season was. In the same vein, I find the whites to be quite good as well. Admittedly, they're not 2014 or 2017 but they're certainly better than I imagined they would be." I was actually quite impressed with several wines in the range and particularly the upper level entries. Morey further noted that his whites were bottled between August and December 2019. (Martine's Wines, www.martineswines.com, CA, USA; Anthony Sarjeant and Bibendum Wine Ltd., www.bibendum-wine.co.uk, both UK).




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