In a nutshell: A wonderfully fresh, clean and harmonius Côte de Beaune white Burgundy.
The lowdown: Sylvain Bzikot is traditional and respectful in his approach to winemaking and the effect really shows in the end product. The grapes for this, his village level wine, are hand harvested and half of it is matured in 1yr old oak barrels to add some richness and density, with the other half matured in stainless steel to preserve the freshness and delicacy of flavour of the fruits. It's full of quite upfront nectarine, peach, honeysuckle and fresh citrus fruit flavours with buttery and hazelnut notes coming through mid-palate.
When to drink: Plenty of richness on display, here it's good drinking now and will remain so for the next couple of years.
Based in the heart of the Côte de Beaune village of Puligny-Montrachet Sylvain Bzikot makes wines with real personality. His 13 hectare estate was originally created by his grandparents in the 1940s who had arrived, as Polish immigrants, to work in the vineyards arround the neighbouring village of Meursault. After a few years working in the fields they were able to small parcels of land which they subsequently planted.
At first, in addition to vines, cereals were cultivated and cattle raised. But now that his parents have retired Sylvain is in charge of vineyard operations and has developed the estate bottling operations first started over twenty years ago. Vineyard work is carried out in a traditional manner and all grapes for village wines are handpicked before being pneumatically pressed to aid soft extraction.