Clavoillons sits below Folatieres and so on deeper soil. Left to right it’s between Pucelles and Perrieres and Jean-Louis' parcel is near the border with Pucelles. Perrieres is more stony so you would expect the deeper soil of Clavoillons to give you a richer wine, but in my 3 tastings there I have found it to be the reverse, with Clavoillons the finer and more elegant and the Perrieres richer and rounder.
The vines are over 65 years old now, which I think might be his oldest, certainly older than Folatieres and Perrieres.
The wine is whole bunch pressed to barrel (a mix of Remond and Damy, mostly Allier with the odd Vosges and about 25% new). Wild yeast ferment and kept on static lees for about 10 months, then racked to steel with a bit of fine lees in July. Given a light fining before bottling in December. - Importer Note
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 has now been split into 2 separate estates by his sons, Jean-Louis Chavy, and Alain Chavy. We import the wines from Jean-Louis who has built a brand new winemaking facility and a deep temperature controlled cellar at the bottom of the village.
Vinification is classic with temperature control and only natural yeasts used for fermentation. The average age of vines at this estate is impressive with most vineyards now aged between 20 to 40 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%. 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 Puligny.
Jean-Louis' wines show fine fruit purity, with mineral notes giving an extra dimension. These are wines of classic style that age and develop gracefully.
- Importer Note
|Product Type||Wine White Chardonnay|
|Sub Region||Puligny Montrachet|