Jean-Louis Chavy, Puligny Montrachet 2019
This stunning wine is the perfect representative example of one of the best white wine villages in the world. Famed for elegance, purity, complexity and sheer class, the wines from Puligny Montrachet are in serious demand, meaning that this example made from Domaine grapes is a rare find that is also exceptionally good value for money.
Jean-Louis Chavy is the son of Gerard and brother of Alain. The two sons split the father's estate holdings (which is fairly common in Burgundy) and share some of the great 1er Cru plots. What is interesting about their story is that Gerard was the first Chavy to bottle the wines that this well-known Burgundy family had been making for over 200 years. Before this, up to 1986, all of the Chavy grapes had either been sold to other producers, or, as is now very much more common practice in the Village (though absolutely no one talks about it), the grapes of the estate were vinified and the actual wines themselves were sold to other domains who then put their name on the bottle. This happens a lot. In a sense it's hardly surprising given the massive demand and static availability of grapes, and the price for wine being higher than the price for unfermented grapes. And it might sound a little immoral for others to tak e the credit, but in fact there is still work to be done in the winery even after the wines get taken in... a house style can be reflected in length and type of aging, bottling practices and so on. But it does make us look for Domaine made and bottled wines first...
So, this Puligny is the real deal. Grapes grown on the family estate that are, on average, from 50-year-old vines. Traditionally made and aged, they are of the more conservative style of the village, but that's not a bad thing, when you're talking about an historic precedent of the best in the world.
It is made from ten small parcels of vines that Jean-Louis has, some very classic and refines, others with a little more weight and are all situated just below the Puligny 1er Cru sites next to the village itself. In terms of oak, the wine is constantly in touch with barrels, but only 20% of it is in new oak, which allows it to show excellent balance and approachability from an early age.
- Fine Dining
- Hard Cheeses
- Mature Cheeses
- Medium Bodied
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