Domaine Alain Chavy 2018 En Primeur
Alain and his brother Jean-Louis ran their father's domaine, Gerard Chavy et Fils, together until 2003, when they decided to go their separate ways. Both brothers have built excellent reputations, but for us, it is Alain's wines which capture the mineral refinement characteristic of Puligny.
Splitting the domaine equally between them, Alain moved to an old property in the centre of Puligny and built a new underground cellar, one of the deepest in the village (where geology dictates that most cellars are above ground, using air-conditioning for cooling). The cool conditions here mean the malolactic fermentation takes place later than in many domaines, contributing to the focused style.
The domaine is just 7 hectares, but the vines are located in the best premier cru sites in the appellation. The Folatières vineyard is on the same slope as Chevalier-Montrachet and Le Montrachet itself. Always focused and mineral in style, the wines see moderate use of new oak and very little battonage (or lees-stirring) making for lean and restrained wines, designed for long-ageing.
Prices are ex-VAT per case of 12 bottles, unless otherwise advised. DP = duty-paid ex-London. IB = under bond ex-London.
|White||2018||5 cases||Alain Chavy - Bourgogne Chardonnay||75cl||£130 per case of 12||IB|