2017 Domaine Alain Chavy Bourgogne Chardonnay

Year: 2017
Appellation: Burgundy
Country: France
Vinous Media: 86-88
White Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 12.5%
Price :
$22.95

"The 2017 Bourgogne Chardonnay has a pleasant light green apple and lime scented bouquet. The palate is crisp and taut, and without any new oak contact (just one to five years old oak), it possesses a linearity and strictness that I find appealing. Drink over the next three or four years." (VM)

Winery Notes:
Alain Chavy produces restrained, structured, and long-lived white Burgundies from 17 acres of vineyards in Puligny-Montrachet, with small holdings in the neighboring villages of Chassagne and Meursault. Alain established Domaine Alain Chavy in 2003 with vineyards inherited from his father and includes some of Puligny's top premier crus.

About the Vineyard:
Alain Chavy’s Bourgogne Blanc comes from young vines grown in Puligny where the wines typically show green and yellow fruit, firm acidity and distinctive minerality. This Bourgogne Blanc, while light in body, is taut and fresh in character.

Wine Production:
Alain inoculates for fermentation and believes in keeping bâtonnage to a minimum. He uses a combination of 400-liter oak puncheons and up to 10% new Burgundian pièce for the Bourgogne Blanc. “We’re looking for a balance between the fruit and oak character,” explains Alain. “We want the wines’ minerality to show through.”

Tasting Notes:
Wines from Puligny-Montrachet are typified by aromas and flavors of green apple and lemon and tend to be tauter and firmer on the palate compared to wines from neighboring villages. Aging in a small percentage of new French oak barrels lends accents of toast and vanilla.

Food Pairing:
White Burgundy, with its rich texture and toasted flavors, pairs well with white fish and shellfish and its naturally high acidity can counterbalance cream-based sauces. Oak-aged Chardonnay from warmer climates lends itself well to grilled fish, starches, butter, and toasted nuts.