Tipped as Puligny-Montrachet’s ‘domaine to watch’ in 1988’s The White Wines Of Burgundy by Burgundy expert Jasper Morris, hell-raising vigneron Hubert Chavy never delivered on his early promise. Hubert passed away in 2015 and since 2008 his son, Romaric Chavy, has been in charge of the estate, wasting no time in staking a claim as one of Burgundy’s next wine-making stars.
Thanks to a family history that included the marriage of a Ropiteau (from Meursault) to a Chavy (from Puligny), Domaine Chavy-Chouet has significant landholdings in the two villages, including the ‘Clos Corvées de Citeaux’ monopole in the heart of Meursault, prime parcels of 1er Crus Meursault ‘Charmes’ and ‘Genevrières’, and Puligny-Montrachet ‘Folatières’ and ‘Champs Gain’. At the more modest end of the range is one of Burgundy’s best value whites – Bourgogne Blanc ‘Les Femelottes’ – from a vineyard
inside the Puligny commune just below the village vineyards. Vinifications are traditional, with fermentation and maturation of the village and 1er Cru wines in oak barrels for 12 months (20% of which are new), and the Bourgogne appellation wines being bottled after 10 months.
Throughout the portfolio the wines have excellent tension and mineral clarity, with clear definition between
the different appellations and vineyards. Having ended his father’s practice of selling grapes to negociants, and investing in a spacious new winery, Romaric is continually making improvements to Chavy-Chouet’s hugely impressive range.