Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru "Champ Gain" 2007, Etienne Sauzet
Continuing my efforts to consume good friends' most prized wines I visited the d'Arjuzon family in the French enclave known as Balham and without even needing to suggest anything this bottle of Puligny was promptly opened. In fact it was a bottle purchased after a tasting at the Domaine Etienne Sauzet in 2009. The Champ Gain vineyard is high up the slope, all the way above Les Folatières. The vineyard characteristics are not easy to spot given the consistent house style which reflects low yields more than terroir. Golden raisins, salted caramel, cedar, truffle, icing sugar and a hint of toasted pine on the nose. Great balance on the palate, dried apricot, cooked orange, a trace of oloroso sherry (good), cardamom on the finish laced with cointreau (orange liqueur). A rich, complex and enjoyable wine. Scores 24/30 for a Puligny 1er Cru.