2014 Domaine Alain Chavy Puligny Montrachet 1er Cru "Clavaillons"

SKU #1337065 91-93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2014 Puligny Montrachet 1er Cru les Clavoillons comes from 60-year-old vines and like the En Remilly, was tight-lipped on the nose when I tasted it from barrel, although one can discern attractive lime flower and Granny Smith scents underneath that will be released after racking. The palate is smooth on then entry with chalky, edgier tannin than the Champ Gain, lending a little more tension and nervosité towards the finish, a hint of spice lingering in the mouth. Bon vin. Alain Chavy told me that he picked his 2014s between and September 12-17, sheathing the secateurs on the Wednesday prior to the storm. He enjoyed a sun-drenched harvest, though with a steady breeze that helped concentrate the berries, so that they generally achieved 13 degrees alcohol sans chaptalization. "There was a bit of hail that affected Puligny Champ Gains and Folatières, also Saint Aubin En Remilly," he told me, "but we only lost 10% to 15% of the crop so it was not too bad." Alain racked all of his 2014s in August for bottling in February/March 2016, except for the Bourgogne Chardonnay that will be bottled at the end of October. "I find that the 2014s are riper than 2013," he continued, "but perhaps with less mineralité." Perhaps I would argue that at this early stage, I might have a preference for Alain's taut and linear 2013s over the 2014s that give pleasure, if not the same intellect as the previous vintage. Certainly, as is common in the Côte de Beaune, these are flattering wines(NM)  (12/2015)

90 points Decanter

 Closed nose, then a firm, full-bodied, concentrated palate of spice and grip. Ample tension here – not that mineral but has vigour, persistence and structure.  (12/2016)

Wine Spectator

 A ripe, fruity style, boasting peach, pineapple and spice flavors. Juicy, with good balance and a moderately long finish. Drink now through 2021.  (2/2017)

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- 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.


- 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.


- 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.
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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.