2018 Etienne Sauzet 1er Cru Champ Gain (750ml)

Chardonnay from Puligny Montrachet, Burgundy, France

2018 Etienne Sauzet 1er Cru Champ Gain
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Emilie and Benoit Riffault represent the fourth generation of family winemakers in Puligny-Montrachet, following in the footsteps of Etienne Sauzet. Emilie, the great-granddaughter of Etienne Sauzet, took over the Domaine from her parents Jeanine Ge´rard Boudot, along with her husband Benoit. After four generations, Sauzet is still synonymous with high-quality, elegant Burgundian Chardonnay. In the words of Emilie, “At every moment, it’s a pride to walk on the mystical lands of Puligny, this ground, this earth which gave birth to our wines. This territory is a deep fastener to me, a direct link to my family.”


The 2018 Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Champ Gain is also promising, unwinding in the glass with notes of peach, citrus oil, honeycomb and flowers. On the palate, it's medium to full-bodied, chalky and incisive, though on this visit it was a little tight-knit, having been sulfured shortly before I tasted it.

90-92 points, William Kelley, Wine Advocate (Feb 2020)

The 2018 Puligny-Montrachet Champ Gain 1er Cru is not a million miles away from the Hameau de Blagny in style, the nose offering attractive dried orange peel and white peach allied with a touch of wet limestone. The palate is fresh and vibrant on the entry with a fine bead of acidity. Perhaps this does not quite "kick on" like the Hameau de Blagny, and currently it feels more conservative toward the finish, playing it a bit safe.

90-92 points, Neal Martin, Vinous (Jan 2020)

Alcohol By Volume: 13.0%
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