Domaine Bzikot Santenay Le Chainey 2018
You would think Bzikot does not sound very French. Sylvain's grandfather arrived in the village of Puligny from Poland just before the start of the war with nothing but the clothes he stood up in. Over the generations, the family has acquired four hectares of vineyards within the celebrated Puligny-Montrachet and Puligny 1er Cru appellations – including Les Perrieres and Les Folatieres. The vineyard area totals 14 hectares. The vines are on average 60 years old. Additionally, they own another nine hectares, producing wines under the local Bourgogne Blanc, St. Aubin, and Santenay while also producing a wonderful Volnay and Auxey Duresses. Although winemaking began in the 1950s, all the wines were sold to negociants. Sylvain began making his first wines in the mid-1990s, but still sold most of the wines, including a long relationship with Domaine Dujac for their Puligny Village until a few years ago. Sylvain is quickly becoming one of the top names in Puligny Montrachet and now bottles and sells most of the wines himself.
A rare wine from Domaine Bzikot as only 3 barrels are made and 20 cases imported into the US. This magnificent wine borders 1er crus Rousseau and Fourneaux and drinks like one. The wine is vinified in 10% stainless steel and the rest in 1 yr old barrels. This has great structure with rich fruit with citrus notes and very bright with elegant acidity and minerality. Another great wine from Bzikot.