History and Background
Located in the heart of Puligny-Montrachet, Domaine Etienne Sauzet is one of Burgundy's crown jewels, renowned for its exemplary white wines. The domaine was established in the early 20th century by its namesake, Etienne Sauzet. Over the years, the domaine has been passed down through generations, with each bringing their own touch while preserving the estate's traditions. Today, under the stewardship of Emilie and Benoît Riffault, Sauzet's legacy continues to thrive.
Vineyards and Terroir
Etienne Sauzet's vineyards are primarily situated in the prestigious appellations of Puligny-Montrachet and Chassagne-Montrachet:
Soil Composition: The vineyards are characterized by their limestone-rich soils, which impart a distinct minerality to the wines.
Grape Varieties: The estate is dedicated to Chardonnay, the hallmark grape of white Burgundy.
Wine Style and Production
Etienne Sauzet is celebrated for producing Chardonnays that are:
- Elegant, with a pronounced minerality, and characterized by their aromatic purity and depth.
- Crafted with a meticulous approach, both in the vineyard and the cellar, resulting in wines that are both authentic and of the highest quality.
The winemaking philosophy at Etienne Sauzet emphasizes minimal intervention, allowing the terroir and the Chardonnay grape to express themselves fully.
Etienne Sauzet's wines, especially those from its Grand Cru and Premier Cru vineyards, are among the most highly regarded in Burgundy. They consistently receive accolades from critics and are sought after by collectors worldwide. The domaine's commitment to traditional winemaking and its deep connection to its terroir have solidified its position as a benchmark producer in Burgundy.
Etienne Sauzet stands as a testament to the potential of Burgundy and the Chardonnay grape. Through a combination of traditional winemaking, a deep understanding of the region's unique terroir, and a commitment to producing wines of the highest quality, the estate produces Chardonnays that are not only reflective of their origin but also rank among the world's most esteemed. For those seeking the epitome of white Burgundy, Etienne Sauzet offers an experience of unparalleled depth, elegance, and authenticity.