Brilliant Domaine Chavy-Chouet ‘Les Femelottes’ 2020 Burgundy: this is Puligny-Montrachet in all but name: only £229 per case of 12 bottles delivered: vintage sold out
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90/100: Neal Martin
Better than many Puligny-Montrachets costing more than twice the price, Domaine Chavy-Chouet ‘Les Femelottes’ is a rounded, expressive wine of exceptional flavour and class.
This gorgeous Bourgogne Blanc is literally a stride or two away from being named Puligny-Montrachet; the vineyards of ‘Les Femelottes’ lie just across the road from the famous Puligny-Montrachet vines.
Tipped as Puligny-Montrachet’s ‘domaine to watch’ in the 1980s by Jasper Morris, Romaric Chavy is a brilliant winemaker staking a claim to be one of Burgundy’s next stars. This ‘Les Femelottes’—from a 40-year-old, single vineyard plot lying within Puligny itself—is a classy, dependable, and thankfully still affordable white Burgundy, and this 2020 is already receiving great critical praise.
Awarding 90/100 points, the wine critic Neal Martin writes, ‘The 2020 Bourgogne Blanc Les Femelottes has a light, fragrant nose with yellow plum and citrus peel. The palate is well balanced with a fine bead of acidity, the 10% new oak lending a very subtle creaminess towards the finish. Everything you want from a Bourgogne Blanc … and a bit more.’ Antonio Galloni’s Vinous (December 2021).
Filled with ripe apple and citrus flavours, the wine is medium-bodied with a smooth texture and a lovely, clean, fresh finish. This cuvée is very lively. In the mouth, it is supple, fruity and well balanced. Drinking well now, it will be delicious for several years to come.
Case of 12 bottles. Non-Members £350. CCUK Members £229 with free UK mainland delivery.