Alain Chavy and his brother Jean-Louis worked together at their fathers Domaine (Domaine Gerard Chavy) until 2003 when they decided to split the 12.8ha Domaine. Alain was left with 6.8 ha and moved into a grand house in the heart of Puligny-Montrachet.
Alain built a new underground cellar, the deepest in the village (due to the highwater table no one has historically had a deep cellar like those in Meursault). At 18-foot-deep, the cool long fermentations completely change the structure and energy of the wine.
Alain runs his incredibly well-heeled collection of vineyards ‘lutte raisonee’. His winemaking philosophy is of a true ‘terroirist’.
A combination or 400L and 228L casks are used with never more than 25% new oak.
No batonnage. For a couple of reasons; Alain rightly so believes this practice is oxidatively handling the wine. Secondly, he never tries to force flavour as he does not want to muddle the message of the vineyard.
Malo-lactic fermentation starts late and is quite slow. Again, thanks to his deep cool cellars.
The style he is chasing is structured and long-lived white Burgundy that truly shows each wines terroir and charm.