Domaine Alain Chavy
The cellar of Domaine Alain Chavy is located in the world famous Burgundy commune of Puligny-Montrachet in the Côte de Beaune. The Chavy family have been here for close to 200 years, but Alain's father Gérard was a pioneer who in 1976 took the bold step to bottle his own wine under his own label rather than sell to a négociant - and Domaine Gérard Chavy et Fils was born. Alain and his brother Jean-Louis Chavy made wine at the estate together for years, but in 2003, following Gérard's retirement, decided to divide their father's holdings between them, and create their own separate domaines. Alain has 7 hectares in total under vine with Chardonnay. There are vines in Puligny-Montrachet, including Les Charmes Lieu-dit, in the three prestigious Puligny Premier Crus of Les Folatières, Lees Champs Gain, and Les Pucelles, a coveted Premiere Cru parcel in Les Clavoillons, and a tiny plot in the Grand Cru Chevalier-Montrachet. Vines are also owned in Saint-Aubin En Remilly and Meursault. Alain takes a minimal intervention approach so almost no chemicals are used in the vineyards, the exception being protection against mildew. All the grapes are hand-picked and only a low percentage of new oak is used. All cuvées are barrel fermented, which gives a depth and intensity to the finished wines. The area has a low water table, which means that most of the caves are above ground and rely on air-conditioning, but Domaine Alain Chavy boasts the deepest cellars in Puligny at 5.5 metres. These are complex and restrained, beautifully structured and pure wines which possess remarkable longevity.