Puligny-Montrachet: Domaine Alain Chavy 2020
The fabled whites of the Côte d'Or reach their apogee in the vineyards of the Côte de Beaune, especially those who can append 'Montrachet' to their wines. Alain Chavy's Puligny Montrachet comes a family domaine that has been producing wines for over two centuries. Fresh and subtle in style, it has plenty of ripe stone fruit, a slatey minerality set off with lemon balm acidity that is exquisity-balanced with vanilla and a touch of oak.
Splitting the family domaine (Domaine Gérard Chavy) with his brother in 2003, Alain now looks after 17 hectares of vines. Made in one of the deepest naturally-cooled cellars in the village of Puligny (not renowned for cool, deep cellars as the water table is quite high), his style aims to retain freshness and have a light hand with new oak.
|Style||White Wine, Sec, Medium-bodied, Non Sparkling|
|Wine Region||Burgundy, Côte de Beaune|
|Grape Variety (Cépage)||Chardonnay|
|Food & Wine Matching||Chicken and Turkey, Goat's Cheese, Seafood, White Fish|
|Cellarage||Drink up to 10+ years after vintage.|
|Vinification||Hand harvested grapes are barrel-fermented using a variety of sizes of barrel to avoid flavours from barrel dominating the fruit. Little lees-stirring is practiced and wines undergo malolactic fermentation in wood. The wines are usually bottled around 16 to 18 months after harvest.|
|Alcohol By Volume (%)||13|
Alain Chavy looks after parcels of vines across Puligny, Saint-Aubin and Meursault making village and Premier Cru wines from various lieux-dits, including the 'les Folatières', 'Clavoillon' and 'les Pucelles'. Alain and his elder brother Jean-Louis split the family domaine in 2003, each making the most of the incredible vineholdings that the family had amassed over the last 200 years. Some of their vines are farmed by them under the fermage and metayage systems (forms of tenant farming).
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