Domaine Alain Chavy, Puligny-MontrachetFriday, July 3
Originally offered en primeur in early 2020, the wines below have now landed into bond.
Alain Chavy seven hectare domaine in Puligny-Montrachet was created after he and his brother divided up their father Gérard Chavy et Fils Chavy’s estate. Twenty-odd years ago we used to supply Gérard’s village Puligny-Montrachet to a very famous landmark London hotel, where it was one of the ‘house’ white wines, a snip at forty pounds per glass. We have followed the Chavy story since then, and Alain’s 1er Cru 'Les Folatieres' has become a firm favourite at Richard Kihl Ltd in the last couple of years. This year we add the St Aubin 1er Cru 'En Remilly' and Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru 'Les Champs Gain' to our offers. We also have an extremely limited amount of Alain's Chevalier-Montrachet Grand Cru available.
The debate around the origin of minerality in wine rumbles on, but whatever the source, Alain's wines possess that steely, flinty character which, for us, defines classic Puligny.
Keeping batonnage (lees stirring) to a minimum to retain freshness, he ages in 400 litre oak barrels, with only a modest proportion of new oak. With the deepest, coolest cellar in Puligny, the wines begin their malolactic fermentation very late compared to their peers, further helping to retain that freshness and energy which puts these amongst the world's greatest Chardonnays.
DOMAINE ALAIN CHAVY
2018 Saint-Aubin ‘En Remilly’ 1er Cru, Domaine Alain Chavy
"… 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
£295 per case of a dozen bottles: SOLD OUT
2018 Puligny-Montrachet ‘Les Champs Gains’ 1er Cru, Domaine Alain Chavy
"… 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
£240 per six bottles: SOLD OUT
2018 Puligny-Montrachet ‘Les Folatières’ 1er Cru, Domaine Alain Chavy
"…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
£250 per case of six bottles: SOLD OUT
2018 Chevalier-Montrachet Grand Cru, Domaine Alain Chavy
"…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.comClose
£695 per 3 bottles: JUST 1 CASE OF 3 BOTTLES REMAINING