Domaine Philippe Chavy
Chavy is a third-generation Burgundian winegrower. The majority of his Puligny vineyards were planted by his father in the 1950s, while his Meursault vineyards came to him from his mother’s line. Altogether, he now farms eight acres across thirty plots and fourteen named locations. (Such is Burgundy.)
His winemaking approach is a mix of old-school and new. He practices biodynamics in both vineyard and cellar, but he vinifies in temperature-controlled stainless and sterile-filters his wines at bottling. He acknowledges his good fortune—and his responsibility—in being able to farm some of the most magnificent Chardonnay vineyards in the world.
Indeed, the vast majority of his wines are white (a simple Pinot Noir Bourgogne accounts for only one percent of his production). In addition to his village and vineyard designates, he makes four Premier Cru wines: Puligny-Montrachet Les Folatières and Les Pucelles, Meursault Les Charmes, and St. Aubin Les Murgers de Dent de Chien. One of his vineyards, Rue Rousseau, a quarter-acre plot planted in 1955, abuts the Grand Cru vineyard of Bienvenues-Batard-Montrachet. Good clos make good neighbors.