Alain Chavy Bourgogne Chardonnay 2018

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.

Production Info
Vineyard size
17 acres
Soil composition
Clay
Average Vine Age
25
Total SO2
120
Bottles produced of this wine
30,000
Winemaking & Aging
Varietal composition
100% Chardonnay
Age of Aging Container
Used
Fining agent
Animal based
Type of aging container
Barrels
Size of aging container
228 liter; 400 liter
Type of oak
French
Length of aging before bottling
12 months
Analytical Data
Alcohol
13 %
pH level
3.3
Residual sugar
2 g/L
Acidity
6 g/L

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