Puligny Montrachet 1er Cru - La Garenne, 2012, Domaine Etienne Sauzet
The 2012 Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru La Garenne comes from the estate’s 0.8-hectare parcel close to the hamlet of Blagny. It has a pretty bouquet with hints of white peach and passion fruit at first, though with aeration this ebbs away to reveal stony, Alpine stream scents. The palate is crisp on the entry with pithy fruit combining well with the citrus and bitter lemon.
There is a fine edginess here with a touch of lemongrass lining the spicy finish. While this represents a creditable Puligny premier cru, I suggest that the village cru might represent better value and other premier crus offer more breeding this year.