2015 Domaine Alain Chavy Puligny Montrachet 1er Cru "Les Folatieres"

SKU #1361043 96 points Wine & Spirits

 Alain Chavy’s cellar is unusually deep for Puligny, 18 feet underground, providing a cold delay to the start of malolactic fermentation, lengthening the slow evolution of this wine in 228-liter barrels and 400-liter puncheons. Chavy inoculates his fermentations, and lets the wine rest with little lees stirring, creating a Puligny with clarity and energy. Not to mention the most glorious, floral buzz. That scent only gets more inviting and seductive as the wine opens over the course of several days, its flinty reduction turned away from the shadows toward the sun. It’s worth the price of admission just to smell this wine, and it should reward long cellaring.  (4/2018)

94 points Wine Spectator

 Lime blossom, peach, citronella and spice aromas and flavors mark this focused white. Taut and balanced, picking up a mineral element as this unfolds on the long aftertaste. Not showy, yet complex and elegant. Best from 2020 through 2028. (BS)  (5/2018)

91-93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2015 Puligny Montrachet 1er Cru les Folatieres has the most complex bouquet of Alain Chavy's premier crus with wonderful cold slate and light fumé notes emerging from the glass, perhaps more on the austere side at the moment, yet it gains intensity on the glass. The palate is well balanced with more fruité than the other premier crus, touches of white peach, pear and citrus peel emerging with time. It feels harmonious and persistent in the mouth, completing what feels like a classy Puligny that should give pleasure over the next decade. Bon vin! (NM)  (12/2016)

Jancis Robinson

 Cask sample. Less expressly fruity than their Clavoillons, but has a really lovely savoury mineral note that provides plenty of flavour. Crisp and crunchy on the palate. Dry, lengthy, grippy finish. Might need a few years before reaching its peak. (17.5/20 points) (RH)  (1/2017)

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Staff Image By: Mike Parres | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/28/2018 | Send Email
This Puligny-Montrachet is very crisp and stylish. On the palate you will find pretty flowery fruit with hints of wood as a component; think vanilla and smoke. This Chardonnay has lots of depth, energy and concentration underneath and a very long finish. Love the "Les Folatieres.” Drink with a couple hours of decanting or it will last many years in the cellar (if you can keep your hands off this…)

Staff Image By: Ryan Moses | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/28/2018 | Send Email
Great Puligny 1ers are about as good as it gets for modest collectors of world class Chardonnay. When we see a deal on any of them, especially one with the pedigree of Folatieres, it never lasts long. Especially when it's as refined and engaging as this. Showing the richness of 2015, it is never heavy as a stony minerality and focused acidity keep it in check. Great orchard fruit, lime pith, and orange blossom line a textured and complex finish.

Staff Image By: Alex Pross | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/28/2018 | Send Email
A stellar Puligny Montrachet, the 2015 Alain Chavy Puligny Montrachet 1er Cru is loaded with aromas of crushed rock, orchard fruits, oyster shells and subtle oak accents on the nose. The palate comes together in a gorgeous display of orchard fruits, iodine, lemon verbena and hazelnut flavors. Complex and long this is a fantastic Puligny Montrachet that is just beginning to strut its stuff.
Drink from 2018 to 2028

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Varietal:

Chardonnay

- It's hard to believe that up until about 30 years ago, this extremely popular varietal hid behind the veil of geographical names like Chablis and Puligny-Montrachet. Now grown all over the world and bottled by its varietal name, Chardonnay has achieved a level of branding unlike any other wine. Surprisingly, though, what you get when you buy Chardonnay can differ greatly from country to country and even within one country, depending on the climate where it's grown and how it is vinified and aged. From fresh, crisp and minerally with apple and lemon notes to rich and buttery with tropical fruit overtones, Chardonnay runs the gamut. In France's Burgundy, Chardonnay is the source of the prized wines of Chablis, Corton-Charlemagne, Mâcon, Meursault and Montrachet. It also the foundation of exceptional Champagne, where it is blended with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier or vinified on its own into Blanc de Blancs. It is also extremely popular in California, and is gaining popularity in Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Spain and South Africa.
Country:

France

- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them.
Sub-Region:

Burgundy

- The province of eastern France, famous for its red wines produced from Pinot Noir and its whites produced from Chardonnay. (Small of amounts of Gamay and Aligoté are still grown, although these have to be labeled differently.) The most famous part of the region is known as the Côte d'Or (the Golden Slope). It is divided into the Côte de Beaune, south of the town of Beaune (famous principally for its whites), and the Côte de Nuits, North of Beaune (home of the most famous reds). In addition, the Côte Chalonnaise and the Mâconnais are important wine growing regions, although historically a clear level (or more) below the Côte d'Or. Also include by some are the regions of Chablis and Auxerrois, farther north.
Specific Appellation:

Puligny Montrachet

- Puligny is a village which has been called 'attractive, self-confident and unpretentious.' Some of the world's greatest dry white wines come from here. The Grands Crus of Montrachet, Chevalier Montrachet, Bâtard Montrachet, and Bienvenues Bâtard Montrachet are on the southern edge, adjacent to the village of Chassagne. In Puligny, you can see the distinctly different soils which yield the different wines. The borders of the Grands Crus are anything but arbitrary, and the character of the wines form Puligny are distinct from Meursault to the north and Chassagne to the South. The vineyards closest to Meursault have thin soils, with slate and rock. Their wines are more delicate and minerally but no less lovely than the more powerful wines from the vineyards towards the Grands Crus.