Domaine Etienne Sauzet Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Champ-Canet FR 2022

Domaine Etienne Sauzet Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Champ-Canet FR 2022

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Wine Review

Domaine Etienne Sauzet

2022 Puligny-Montrachet "Champ Canet"  

1er Cru White barrel
Score: 92-95 Burghound
Tasted: Jun 10, 2024
Drink: 2034+
Issue: 95
Sweet spot Outstanding
Note: from an impressive 1.1 ha parcel of 40+ year old vines in Champ Canet proper though some of them were planted in 1938 at the same time as the Bienvenues
Producer note: Gérard Boudot's son-in-law Benoît Riffault described the 2022 vintage as "a surprising one but in a positive sense because given just how hot and dry the growing season was, I certainly did not expect that the wines would be so fresh and energetic. Perhaps the most surprising aspect though is how transparent they are to the underlying terroir, indeed I find them even more so than my 2020s. They also don't have the intrinsic sweetness of the 2020s, which only adds to their drinkability. We picked from the 24th of August and brought in good but not high yields of between 40 to 45 hl/ha, which I believe is perfect for the style of wine we want to make. Similarly, the potential alcohols averaged 13% plus or minus a few tenths of a degree with good supporting acidities. We had no problems with either fermentations and the wines have improved month by month. As such, other than the entry-level wines, I'm not in a hurry to bottle them. I confess to really liking the style of the 2022s and remarkably enough, if served blind you just don't think they are the product of such a warm growing season." As the ratings and descriptions unequivocally confirm, 2022 is a brilliant vintage for the domaine as every wine is at a minimum excellent and some are genuinely great. These are wines to search out, especially for those readers who enjoy cellaring white Burgundy. Riffault noted that for those wines in bottle, they were put there in January 2024 and that the upper-level wines would likely be bottled in March and April 2024. Lastly, as was the case in 2021 as well, he indicated that there will be no Chevalier-Montrachet, indeed there may not be another vintage of it period as the historical source is no longer selling or trading any of it. To replace it by offering another grand cru, for the first time there is now a Corton-Charlemagne in the line-up. In the interest of completeness, I would add that there is another new wine in the form of the Puligny 1er Sous le Puits, which is from a purchase of fruit. (Vineyard Brands,, AL, USA; O.W. Loeb,, Justerini & Brooks,, Tanners Wine,, The Wine Society,, Davy & Co.,, Goedhuis & Co.,, Harrods Limited,, Laytons,, Clarion Wines,, The Rare & Fine Wine Company Limited,, House of Townend,, Claret-E Ltd,, Berry Brothers & Rudd, UK; Sequin & Robillard/Vinifera,, Canada).
Tasting note: A slightly riper nose is composed of apple, pear compote, white peach, just sliced lemon and a plethora of floral elements. There is fine volume and borderline painful intensity to the beautifully textured and caressing yet seriously energetic larger-bodied flavors that flash impressive power on the bone-dry and strikingly long finish. This very tightly wound effort is excellent and highly recommended.