Domaine Alain Chavy
Côte de Beaune
The Chavy family resides in the village of Puligny-Montrachet for over 200 years and the name is famous for consistent production of fine, elegant Burgundy.
Alain and his brother worked with their father Gerard in the family domaine until his retirement in 1994. The brothers continue to work together until 2003, when they decided to part ways.
Alain owns 6.5 hectares of splendid vineyards. As he moved to a new house, a brand new underground cellar was constructed – which is one of the very few in the entire commune.
Since the establishment of Domaine Alain Chavy, the quality of the wines is ever improving. Alain makes restrained style of Puligny with ripe (but never over ripe) fruit balanced by crisp acidity, which are designed to long aging.
Almost no chemicals are used in the vineyards apart for protection against mildew. All grapes are hand harvested, pressed and fermented in barrel at not more than 25 degrees. The entire crop is barrel fermented, which as Alain believes, give additional depth and intensity to the wines. 20% of the barrels are 400 litre, as he believes it keeps the wines rich and complex but with less oaky flavours. The amount of batonnage is low and the malolactic fermentation normally starts late – probably due to the relatively cold temperature in the underground cellar. The wines are not racked before September and have been bottled as late as January – 16 months after the harvest. Amongst his finest wines besides the Chevalier Montrachet are Puligny “Les Pucelles” (located next to Bâtard Montrachet), “Les Folatières” and “Les Clavoillons”.