For many, Puligny-Montrachet is the ultimate white wine location thanks to its perfect aspect and well-drained limestone soil. Alain Chavy’s Puligny-Montrachet comes from several parcels around Puligny from vines planted between 1965 and 1974. Parcels near Meursault have heavier soils, bringing body and power, while the gravel-limestone soils around Chassagne contribute elegance and minerality.
Alain’s cellar is located in the basement of an outbuilding adjoining his house. Whilst vinification is traditional, with all the wines being fermented and matured in traditional French oak barriques, Alain has installed ambient temperature control throughout his cellar to ensure optimum maturation conditions.
Alain inoculates for fermentation and believes in keeping bâtonnage to a minimum. He uses a combination of 400-liter oak puncheons and up to 25% new Burgundian pièce for the village-level wines. “We’re looking for a balance between the fruit and oak character,” explains Alain. “We want the wines’ minerality to show through.”
This Puligny-Montrachet is bursting with ripe tropical fruit characters, balanced by a concentrated limey acidity and lick of spicy oak.