Puligny-Montrachet, Domaine Jean Louis Chavy, Burgundy, France, 2018

This is open and expressive, still with the classic linear and mineral character of the village’s wines, but also a bright, ripe citrus character, with a luscious, almost silky texture.

Grape Variety: 100% Chardonnay

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Puligny-Montrachet, Domaine Jean Louis Chavy, Burgundy, France, 2018

Tasting Note

This is open and expressive, still with the classic linear and mineral character of the village’s wines, but also a bright, ripe citrus character, with a luscious, almost silky texture.

Grape Variety

100% Chardonnay

Producer Info

There are three Chavy domaines in Puligny, the legacy of over 200 years of history in the village and Napoleonic inheritance laws! All make exemplary wines, with Jean-Louis making retrained, elegant examples of Puligny that are not smothered in oak. Whilst Chavy’s have been living in Puligny Montrachet for over 200 years it was not until 1986 that Gerard Chavy started to estate bottle his own wine (previously the wines were sold to negociants). The estate of Gerard Chavy has now been split into 2 separate estates by his sons, Jean-Louis Chavy, and Alain Chavy.

Winemakers Note

Vines are 25 year old plus. Vinification is classic with temperature control and only natural yeasts used for fermentation. For the elevage of the wine, the use of new oak is restrained with just 20%.

Regional Info

Puligny-Montrachet is a village in the Cote de Beaune sub-region of Burgundy, with its own communal appellation. It is also home to four Grand Cru vineyards and 17 Premier Cru sites. The village was originally called just Puligny until 1879, when the Montrachet section was added in homage to its iconic Grand Cru vineyard, Le Montrachet. The origin of these names is the scrubby Mont-Rachet hillside above the village: mont meaning “hill” and rache translating rather less glamorously as either “scab” or “rash”.

The communal Puligny-Montrachet appellation covers red wines made from Pinot Noir and white wines made from Chardonnay. However, red wines make up only a tiny fraction of the output and it is the high-quality white wines – regarded by many as the finest possible expression of Chardonnay – that are responsible for Puligny’s fame and stellar reputation.

The undeniable success of Chardonnay here is the result of several factors – most of them encompassed by the concept of terroir. The local combination of topography, soil structure and climate gives producers high-quality grapes with which to make their wines. Many generations of winemakers have studied the local terrain in depth, developing a detailed theoretical map of the area, marking those sites best suited to quality viticulture. In recent years (with the help of modern technology), extensive analysis has been carried out to further this work and to examine the precise relationship between soil and wine. Although difficult to pin down, the positive effect of the limestone soils and the particular climate in Puligny is undeniable.

The soils around Puligny-Montrachet are characteristically Burgundian, with a high content of limestone, especially on the slopes of the Cote d’Or. These slopes are of particular importance to Puligny – not only because they angle the vines towards the ripening rays of the morning sunshine, but also because they are less affected by the village’s relatively high water table.

The particular terroir of Puligny gives the wines a subtle distinction compared with its neighbours Chassagne-Montrachet and Meursault, which lie to the immediate south and north respectively. Puligny wines are reputed to have a greater mineral influence and a firmer structure than the more accessible wines from Chassagne and the more perfumed wines of Meursault.

The climate around Puligny-Montrachet is of continental type, with warm, dry summers and cool, extended winters. While spring arrives earlier here than in Burgundy’s northern outposts like Chablis, the commune’s viticulturalists must still contend with cold spring mornings and the risk of frost damage to their vines.

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