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 3 bottles Alain Chavy - Chevalier Montrachet grand cru 75cl £230 per bottle IB
"The 2018 Chevalier-Montrachet Grand Cru is (as usual) an exchange of juice with... Read more
"The 2018 Chevalier-Montrachet Grand Cru is (as usual) an exchange of juice with Jean-Michel Chartron - one barrel for two barrels of Folatières and three barrels of Puligny Villages. It has a clean, precise bouquet, cold, wet limestone intermingling with citrus lemon and subtle smoky aromas. Not intense, but very focused. The palate is fresh and vibrant on the entry, and then the purity takes over – and boy, this is a very pure Chevalier-Montrachet, offering lemon curd, peach skin, pineapple and crushed stone notes. It feels very long but at the same time quite tender. A lovely Chevalier-Montrachet from Chavy. 93-95 points" Neal Martin, Vinous.com Close
White 2018 Alain Chavy - Puligny Montrachet Les Champs Gains 1er cru 75cl £240 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 Alain Chavy - Puligny Montrachet Les Folatières 1er cru 75cl £250 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 Alain Chavy - Saint Aubin En Remilly 1er Cru 75cl £295 per case of 12 IB
"The 2018 Saint-Aubin En Remilly 1er Cru comes from vines planted in 1997 and is... Read more
"The 2018 Saint-Aubin En Remilly 1er Cru comes from vines planted in 1997 and is matured in 30% new oak. The floral bouquet reveals scents of cold limestone percolating through the malic fruit. The palate is quite rounded on the entry, offering notes of orange pith and lime. It has a slightly powdery texture, especially toward the finish, and good weight and persistence. Maybe I err toward the Puligny Charmes, which seems to demonstrate more mineralité at the moment. 88-90 points" Neal Martin, Vinous.com Close

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