White Burgundy - 2016 - Puligny 1er Cru Champ Gain - Sauzet

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Tasting Notes

Score: 92

Tasted: Jun 15, 2018
Drink: 2023+
Issue: 71
Producer note: Gérard Boudot described the 2016 vintage as "one that is already infamous for the combined double whammy of frost and mildew. One of the interesting, if painful, aspects of the frost is just how disparate the damage was. For example, the grands crus in particular were crushed as was my parcel of Chassagne yet the 1ers, with the exception of Folatières, were largely untouched so yields were pretty much normal there. On the other side of the ledger though is the sad reality that there will be no Bourgogne Hautes Côtes de Beaune, Chassagne or Bienvenues in 2016. I chose to begin picking on the 20th of September and thankfully the fruit came in both very clean and ripe without being too ripe so there were no issues with either fermentation. As to the wines, I would say that the quality is very good if not necessarily great. They do have very fine transparency and I see no reason why they shouldn't amply reward mid-term to mid-term plus cellaring." Boudot noted that the domaine had begun sealing the necks of the bottle with wax for the grands crus and he is sufficiently encouraged by the results that he intends to adopt this for all of the wines going forward. I would point out again that as of 2013 the domaine is using corks with a diameter of 25 mm (24 is normal) from cork bark that has a minimum of 12 years of age. Lastly, with the exception of the Bourgogne, the wines were bottled in January and February 2018. (Vineyard Brands, www.vineyardbrands.com, AL, USA; O.W. Loeb, www.owloeb.com, Justerini & Brooks, www.justerinis.com, Tanners Wine, www.tanners-wines.co.uk, The Wine Society, www.thewinesociety.com, Davy & Co., www.davywine.co.uk, Goedhuis & Co., www.goedhuis.com, Harrods Limited, www.harrods.com/food-and-wine, Laytons, www.laytons.co.uk, Clarion Wines, www.clarionwines.co.uk, The Rare & Fine Wine Company Limited, www.therareandfinewinecompany.com, House of Townend, www.houseoftownend.com, Claret-E Ltd, www.claret-e.com, Berry Brothers & Rudd, www.bbr.com and Domaine Direct, www.domainedirect.co.uk, all UK; Sequin & Robillard/Vinifera, www.seguinrobillard.ca, Canada).
Tasting note: A smoky and expressive nose offers up notes of apple, pear, acacia and rose petal. Once again there is excellent intensity to the racy yet cool medium weight flavors that are at once richer and stony, all wrapped in a markedly saline-inflected finish that delivers even better persistence. Good stuff.