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. 

 

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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
White 2018 6 cases Alain Chavy - Puligny Montrachet Les Champs Gains 1er cru 75cl £260 per case of 6 IB
"The 2018 Puligny-Montrachet Champs Gains 1er Cru, matured in around 35% new oak... Read more
"The 2018 Puligny-Montrachet Champs Gains 1er Cru, matured in around 35% new oak, has quite an understated bouquet of pineapple and light lemon curd aromas, hints of pear developing with time in the glass. The palate is very well balanced, with what you might call a gentle opening and an appealing saline undercurrent...there is fine persistence here. 89-91 points" Neal Martin, Vinous.com Close
White 2018 6 cases Alain Chavy - Puligny Montrachet Les Folatières 1er cru 75cl £260 per case of 6 IB
"Cask sample. Quite a light style – fresh and lean with good verve and concentra... Read more
"Cask sample. Quite a light style – fresh and lean with good verve and concentration of fruit. Smoky and flinty finish and plenty to offer in the medium term. (AC) Drink 2021 – 2029. 17 points" jancisrobinson.com (AC) "The 2018 Puligny-Montrachet les Folatières 1er Cru is a step up from les Pucelles this year in terms of terroir expression and mineralité on the bouquet, which grabs the olfactory sense by its lapels and demands attention. The palate is much more elegant than I expected, with vibrant citrus fruit, but it needs a little more tension and terroir expression to show through on the finish. Fine, but maybe not the best Folatières I have tasted at the domaine. 90-92 points" Neal Martin, Vinous.com Close
White 2018 3 cases Alain Chavy - Saint Aubin En Remilly 1er Cru 75cl £330 per case of 12 IB

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