Domaine Philippe Chavy

France, Bourgogne, Puligny-Montrachet

 
 

Biodynamic


 Philippe Chavy

Organic since 2000 and biodyanmic since 2010, Domaine Philippe Chavy’s plots have been cultivated according to strict principals – the primary drive being to respect and maintain the terroir. Philippe’s father planted the majority of their Puligny vines in the 1950s, while in Meursault, the vines come from his mother’s side (Ropiteau), the eldest dating from 1932. In total, he cul vates 8 hectares of splintered holdings comprising approximately 30 plots. The various “cuvees” are vinified separately and may be blended after the the process depending on the style of the wine sought.

“My grapes have always been harvested by hand out of respect for terroir; also the vines are old and the rows can be very narrow. Some years ago I decided to revert to ploughing my vineyards and no longer use herbicides or insecticides in order to preserve the environment, our terroir and the indigenous micro flora. For a number of years I have been coordinating specific tasks in the vineyards and the racking and bottling with the lunar cycle. In the cellar, I like to link tradition with contemporary ideas: a number of years ago my father invested in a pneumatic press which is ideal for gentle, slow pressing of the must. Similarly, my stainless steel, temperature-controlled tanks enable all the vibrance and freshness of the aromas to be retained during the alcoholic fermentation. Vinifiction and maturation is finalized in oak barrels of various ages and provenances. In this way, the wines express their complexity after 11 months of regular stirring of the lees.” – Philippe Chavy

 

Technical Information

Wine Varietals Vine Age Soil Type Farming Type
Meursault 1er Cru Les Charmes Chardonnay Planted 1940 Chalk/Limestone Biodynamic
Puligny-Montrachet Les Corvées Des Vignes Chardonnay Planted in the 1950s Chalk/Limestone Biodynamic
Meursault Les Narvaux Chardonnay Planted 1957 Chalk/Limestone Biodynamic
Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Pucelles Chardonnay Planted 1947 Chalk/Limestone Biodynamic