2020 Jean-Louis Chavy Puligny-Montrachet Les Folatieres Premier Cru
Domaine Jean-Louis Chavy was formed in the mid-2000's following the retirement of Gerard Chavy. Jean-Louis and his brother Alain divided the family holdings, with Jean-Louis now bottling his share of Bourgogne Blanc, Puligny-Montrachet village including a separate cuvée from the lieu-dit Les Charmes, along with the premier crus of Folatieres, Perrieres, Champ Gains, and Clavoillons.
Working in his spacious brand new winemaking facility and temperature controlled cellar, vinification is classic whole bunch press with cool settling for 24 hours before fermentation using only natural yeasts. New oak use is restrained with the village wine receiving 15% new oak, and the premier crus only 25%. These are effortless and unforced wines with the emphasis squarely on purity of fruit and vineyard definition.
Jean-Louis' Les Folatieres is sourced from 0.51 ha of vines in two separate plots planted 1993 and 1965, one in the steepest stoniest part close to Blagny which contributes excellent acidity and structure, the other part is from lower down where the soil is richer and this part gives greater richness and depth to the wine.
Smoky, crisp, lovely weight on the palate. Precise, fine, orange notes on the palate. Just the right combination of subtle oak, ripeness of fruit and lingering acidity. Will age effortlessly but is disarmingly easy to drink today. Drink 2023 – 2032.
Andy Howard MW - jancisrobinson.com