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Puligny Montrachet Domaine Alain Chavy 2016


This classic Puligny Montrachet from Domaine Alain Chavy and has an open bouquet with light scents of green apple and pear. The palate is nicely balanced an fine with great elegance and purity of fruit. Very appealing now, but capable of a few years ageing too.

Country: France
Region: Burgundy
Subregion: Côte De Beaune, Puligny-Montrachet
Vintage: 2016
Colour: White
Grape Variety: Chardonnay
ABV: 13%
Bottle Size: 75cl
Closure: Natural cork
Style: Classy Puligny
Drink With: The finest fish dishes or quality poultry.

Alain Chavy and his brother Jean-Louis divided up the family estate, Domaine Gérard Chavy, in 1994 and both created their own domaines. Alain constructed a new cellar underneath his house, one of the few in Puligny to be underground as the water table there is higher than in other parts of the Côte d'Or. Alain now works and lives at the domaine with his wife, Corinne, and their three children.

Alain Chavy prefers a restrained style of Puligny-Montrachet with ripe, but never over-ripe, fruit balanced by crisp acidity. He wants his wines to be able to age gracefully.

No weed killers are used in the vineyard but the rows are ploughed regularly. Alain has abandoned the use of anti-botrytis sprays as more meticulous work in the vineyard makes them unnecessary. All of the grapes are harvested by hand. The grapes are pressed and fermented in barrel and Alain practices minimal battonage. The wines are bottled 16 months after harvest.