Jean-Louis Chavy Puligny-Montrachet 1er Les Folatieres 2021
From 0.51 ha of vines in 2 separate plots planted 1993 and 1965, one in the steepest stoniest part close to Blagny which contributes excellent acidity and structure, the other part is from lower down where the soil is richer and this part gives greater richness and depth to the wine. This shows wonderful intensity and generosity. Fine bright pale straw with a very good weight of fruit, more fruit than floral on the nose. This stretches out beautifully across the palate, white fruit along with a hint of Mirabelle, acidity present but folded into the fruit, very good persistence. Shows real old vine intensity and depth and very complete even at this early stage!
On the 2020 Vintage
Smoky, crisp, lovely weight on the palate. Precise, fine, orange notes on the palate. Just the right combination of subtle oak, ripeness of fruit and lingering acidity. Will age effortlessly but is disarmingly easy to drink today. Andy Howard MW
“This domaine is a very dependable source.”
The Great Domaines of Burgundy, Remington Norman
Variety - Chardonnay
Country - France
Region - Burgundy
Sub Region - Puligny-Montrachet
Extra - Cork
Year - 2021
Volume - 750ml
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 negotiants).
The estate of Gerard Chavy was split into 2 separate estates by his sons, Jean-Louis Chavy, and Alain Chavy following the retirement of Gerard around 2005. Jean-Louis who has built a spacious brand new wine-making facility and a deep temperature controlled cellar at the bottom of the village where Jean-Louis can work comfortably with needing to move the wines in his cool temperature controlled cellar.
Vinification is classic with whole bunch pressing and 24 hours of settling with temperature control and only natural yeasts used for fermentation. Jean-Louis has not used any battonage on any cuvees for some years now. The average age of vines at this estate is impressive with most vineyards now aged between 20 to 40 years old though some in Folatieres and Clavoillons are more than 60 years old.
For the elevage of the wines the use of new oak is restrained with the village Puligny seeing only 15% new oak and the 1er cru’s just 25%. Recent years have seen a move towards 350 litre barrels for ageing to have less oak influence. Unfortunately, there are no Grand cru vineyards among his holdings, however his 1er cru’s are located very close to some of the best vineyards in the heart of Puligny.
Jean-Louis’ wines are effortless and unforced showing fine fruit purity and crystal clear terroir definition for each 1er cru. These are wines of classic style that age and develop gracefully. Quantities are always very limited and these wines sell out very quickly on arrival.