Domaine Alain Chavy Bourgogne Chardonnay 2018
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.
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.”
Wines from Puligny-Montrachet are typified by aromas and flavours of green apple and lemon and tend to be tauter and firmer on the palate compared to wines from neighbouring villages. Aging in a small percentage of new French oak barrels lends accents of toast and vanilla.
White Burgundy, with its rich texture and toasted flavours, 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.