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Etienne Sauzet

Domaine Etienne Sauzet, established in the 1920s and today one of the most important producers of white wine in all Burgundy, is a most interesting examination of how a domaine expands and contracts in France given inheritence laws, and demonstrates the interconnectedness of Burgundy clearly.  Without going in to great detail, starting in the 1920s with three hectares of purchased vines, additional plots were acquired through marriage in 1924.  During the 1950s further plots of premiers and grands crus were purchased, but in 1989 the domaine was divided between three siblings, one of whom (Jean-Marc Boillot) elected to remove his share from the domaine, resulting in the need for negotiation regarding division of plots and a resultant long-term lease arrangement with another brother, Henri Boillot.  Furthermore, from 1990 a small negociant arm was established to purchase grapes and must from other growers, such as the Montrachet (from Dom. Bernard Thenard) and Chevalier-Montrachet.montrachet-vines-2.jpg

Today, purchased grapes, must and wine (as in the case of the Montrachet, which arrives in cask immediately following malolactic fermentation) accounts for approximately one-third of production volumes (some 10,000 cases annually).  And in light of this, all wines are now labelled 'Etienne Sauzet' rather than 'Domaine Sauzet' irrespective of whether they're produced from estate-owned vines or purchased grapes, must or wine.

Some 9.24 hectares are currently owned, including tiny plots of Batard-Montrachet and Bienvenues-Batard-Montrachet, along with an impressive array of six premiers crus in Puligny-Montrachet.  A tiny (half hectare) plot is also owned in Chassagne-Montrachet, Les Encegnieres, directly underneath  vines Sauzet utilises in Batard-Montrachet.  The basic Bourgogne Blanc comes from two parcels of fruit in Puligny-Montrachet.

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