Domaine Chavy Chouet Puligny Montrachet Premier Cru Les Folatieres 2020
Jasper Morris M94 points
Neil Martin92 points
Les Folatieres is a .3 hectare plot located in the middle of a steep slope, with poor soil, where the bedrock can be seen peeking through. The 50-year-old vines benefit from the poor soil and good sun exposure.
Les Folatieres produces a rich, opulent and lively wine. It is charming when young with notes of yellow fruits and toasted bread, and over time becomes more airy and floral with great intensity.
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Jasper Morris MW94
"Made from 60 and 75 year old vines with small berries in the upper middle part of the vineyard. A pale colour with lime green reflections. Picked in good time, with strong white fruit intensity, more power, more muscle, this needs time to sort itself out but will certainly get there."
"(2019 vintage) The 2019 Puligny-Montrachet Les Folatières 1er Cru has a strict, focused bouquet of crushed rock, touches of orange blossom and a light licorice aroma developing in the glass. This shows more complexity than the other Pulignys from the domaine. The palate is well balanced with a slightly reduced entry. Good weight and density, although it slams the door shut on the finish. Actually a little Meursault-like on the nutty aftertaste"
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Wine is being produced throughout France and has been done for over 2,500 years with certain Châteaux dating their history back to Roman times, around 6th Century BC. Ranking second in the world in per-capita consumption and first in total production quantity. More so than the overall quantity of wine is the quantity of truly great wines coming out of France makes the nation the envy of wine-making nations worldwide.
Two concepts pivotal to the higher end French wines, in particular, are the idea of 'terroir' and the Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée (AOC) system. Terroir refers to the way the geography, geology and climate find their way into the glass, telling a story of the origin of the wine. The AOC was set up in 1935 and has the primary goal of protecting the authenticity of the wines and the livelihoods of the producers. Appellation rules strictly define which varieties of grapes and winemaking practices are approved for classification in each of France's several hundred geographically defined appellations, which can cover entire regions, individual villages or in some cases, like in Burgundy even specific vineyards.
Classic wine regions in France include Champagne (home of Champagne), Burgundy (Pinot Noir and Chardonnay), Bordeaux (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec, Petit Verdot), Alsace (Aromatic varietals), Loire Valley (Chenin Blanc, Crémant) and the Rhône Valley (Syrah, Grenache Mourvedre)
The Bordeaux classification of 1855 is still in use, as is the Sauternes and Barsac Classification of the same year. Wines from certain regions can be bought En Primeur, which is when the wine is sold prior to it being bottled.
Burgundy is undoubtedly the home of the finest Pinot Noir and Chardonnays in the world, where vineyards, or Domaines have been producing wines for over 2000 years. Burgundy is located in the North-east of France, an hours drive from Lyon and 2 hours from Paris. With over 100 appellations, or sub-regions (more than any other wine region) Burgundy is known for being the most terroir-oriented region in the World. The finest red wines of Burgundy are found in the Côte d'Or, a string of villages including Côte de Nuits, Gevrey-Chambertin, Morey St Denis, Chambolle-Musigny, Vougeot, Vosne-Romanée and Nuits-St Georges.
There are flavours present in great Burgundys that are the envy of Pinot Noir producers worldwide. The elusive peacocks tail finish that goes on and on, and the pretty-elegance backed by Burgundy muscle is the goal of winemakers around the globe. The main levels in the Burgundy classifications, in descending order of quality, are: Grand crus, Premier crus, village appellations, and finally regional appellations. For the Chablis wines, a similar hierarchy of Grand Cru, Premier Cru and Village wines is used, plus Petit Chablis as a level below Village Chablis.
Puligny-Montrachet is an important commune in the Côte de Beaune subregion of Burgundy, France. The area produces both red (Pinot Noir) and white (Chardonnay) wines. The commune also produces five Grand Crus and shares the Montrachet Grand Cru with neighbouring Chassagne. Its steep limestone slopes enjoy the morning sun. The area’s esteemed Chardonnays are bright gold in colour with hints of green highlights, which can intensify with age. On the nose, expect blossom, grapes, hazelnut, lemongrass, and green apple. You may also detect almond milk, buttery, bready, and honey notes as well as a flinty character. On the palate, expect minerality, and flavours of apples and peaches, with a lighter, more acid-driven style than its counterparts in Chassagne. These wines can improve with age. The Pinot Noirs are bright-ruby-coloured in youth, which will darken as they age. On the nose and palate, you’ll find both red fruit and black fruit, such as raspberries, gooseberries, blackberries, and blackcurrants, gaining characters of musk, leather, and fur with age.
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