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ALAIN CHAVY PULIGNY-MONTRACHET BLANC 1ER CRU LES CHAMPS GAINS 2016
Alain Chavy produces restrained, structured, and long-lived white Burgundies from 17 acres of vineyards in Puligny-Montrachet, with small holdings in the neighboring villages of Chassagne and Meursault. Alain established Domaine Alain Chavy in 2003 with vineyards inherited from his father and includes some of Puligny's top premier crus.
About the Vineyard
Champs Gains is the second largest Puligny premier cru and sits above Folatieres high up on the Mont Rachet hill at an elevation of 360 meters. Altitude and meager soils deliver a wine with a lean and mineral profile. The name Champ Gain derives from a "field" that has been won or regained.
Alain inoculates for fermentation and believes in keeping batonnage to a minimum. He uses a combination of 400-liter oak puncheons and 25% new Burgundian piece for the premier crus. "We're looking for 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 flavors of green apple and lemon and tend to be tauter and firmer on the palate compared to wines from neighboring villages. Aging in a small percentage of new French oak barrels lends accents of toast and vanilla. Structured white wines with high acid and grip, Puligny-Montrachet is destined for long aging.
White Burgundy, with its rich texture and toasted flavors, 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.
"The 2016 Puligny Montrachet 1er Cru Champ Gains, matured in up to 35% new oak, was showing a touch of reduction on the nose like the En Remilly, although it was far easier to discern the intense citrus and Granny Smith apple scents underneath. The palate is well balanced with a fine line of acidity, lightly honeyed fruit, not a complex Champs Gain but one endowed with nascent energy and there is a pleasant prickle of spice on the finish. Give this a couple of years in barrel to show what it can do."- 91 points, The Wine Advocate.
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