Puligny-Montrachet: Domaine Alain Chavy 'Les Charmes' 2020

Puligny Montrachet's village 'lieu-dit' of 'Les Charmes' comes from vineyards that have been in the same family for over 200 years. Mineral and fresh with a restrained elegance, its peach and nectarine aromas are enhanced by citrus acidity.

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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.

About this wine
StyleWhite Wine, Sec, Medium-bodied, Non Sparkling
Wine RegionBurgundy, Côte de Beaune
Grape Variety (Cépage)Chardonnay
Food & Wine MatchingChicken and Turkey, Goat's Cheese, Seafood, White Fish
CellarageDrink up to 10+ years after vintage.
VinificationHand 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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