Bourgogne Blanc, ‘La Tufera’, Domaine Etienne Sauzet, Burgundy, France, 2018

Elegant, supple Bourgogne, round but bright. Gently forthcoming without being too much, lovely citrus, peach, white flower and mineral notes. Puligny-esque. Aged in barriques; two, three and four-year-old oak, and bottled in August. A wine that emanates from three parcels in the Puligny-Montrachet commune.

Grape Variety: 100% Chardonnay

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Bourgogne Blanc, ‘La Tufera’, Domaine Etienne Sauzet, Burgundy, France, 2018

Tasting Note

Elegant, supple Bourgogne, round but bright. Gently forthcoming without being too much, lovely citrus, peach, white flower and mineral notes. Puligny-esque. Aged in barriques; two, three and four-year-old oak, and bottled in August. A wine that emanates from three parcels in the Puligny-Montrachet commune.

Grape Variety

100% Chardonnay

Producer Info

Founded in 1903, this domaine is one of the world’s greatest producers of white wines. Run by Gérard Boudot and his daughter Émilie (Etienne’s great-granddaughter) they have less than 9 hectares of vines, spread over 4 Grand Crus, 6 Premier Crus and Village appellations.

Regional Info

Wines are the still whites produced under the generic Bourgogne appellation. Created in 1937, the Bourgogne title covers those Burgundy wines produced in areas not covered by more location-specific appellations. Bourgogne Blanc wine can be made from grapes grown in any one (or more) of 300 communes.

The grapes permitted for use in the appellation are Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc and Pinot Gris. The widespread use of Chardonnay reflects its international popularity, and plantings of this variety are rapidly replacing those of Pinot Blanc and Pinot Gris.

There are currently around 2410 acres (1000ha) of land producing Bourgogne Blanc wines, spread right across Burgundy. In the Cote de Beaune and Cote de Nuits sub-regions, the sites are concentrated on the lower slopes of the Cote d’Or escarpment; the land on the middle slopes is generally occupied by more-prestigious Premier Cru and Grand Cru vineyards. Although covered by the title, the highest land in the Cote d’Or produces very little Bourgogne Blanc, as it is also included in the more-respected Hautes Cotes de Beaune and Hautes Cotes de Nuits appellations.

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