MAGIC IN MEURSAULT, 2019 CHAVY CHOUET IS ONE TO WATCH
Next week will see the latest releases from a Roberson favourite, Domaine Chavy-Chouet; a range of wines that will satisfy lovers of Burgundy wines at all levels, from Bourgogne to Premier Cru. Made by Romaric Chavy, a winemaker who continues to soar under the radar, these wines represent exceptional value for money (an ever-increasing rarity in Burgundy).
In recent years, the estate has also attracted the attention of several critics, including the Wine Advocate’s William Kelley and Vinous Media’s Neal Martin. They have nothing but praise for the wines, and consistently award scores in the 90s.
"Romaric Chavy, who succeeded his father Hubert at the helm of this 13-hectare Domaine in early 2006, is a young but experienced vigneron producing pure, tensile wines that are typically distinguished by their racy acids and aromatic precision”.
At the age of 22 Romaric inherited his father’s holdings in Meursault, and since 2006 he has been guiding the estate in an ever upward trajectory. The term ‘rising star’ is banded round all too often, but in the hands of Rom the Domaine is shining bright.
Romaric’s wines are impeccable, from entry level to the top Premier Crus. His Bourgognes, both red and white, drink well from release and are definite crowd pleasers. The Premier Crus tick all the boxes; high scoring, well priced and age worthy, they offer the perfect combination of top quality and unrivalled value.
The Meursault Genevrières is a shining example of this value on offer from Romaric Chavy; his 2019 is one of the highest scoring wines from this revered vineyard. We expect his 2019 to release at around £55 per bottle (in bond), with a score of 93 from Neal Martin. This certainly looks a bit of a steal, especially when compared to Vincent Girardin’s 2019 which achieves 92-94 in barrel and a release price of around £83 per bottle. I know which one I’d buy.
His holdings also include a hidden gem; a Monopole vineyard in the heard of Meursault, just a stone’s throw from the winery. The Clos De Corvées De Citeau is a walled vineyard, exclusively owned and farmed by Romaric, and formerly owned by a Cistercian Monastery. The high walls provide the perfect microclimate for this vineyard, protecting the vines from frosts (a very common threat in Burgundy). This vineyard also tends to yield earlier ripening fruit. Monopole vineyards in Burgundy tend to be reserved for the likes of Clos de Tart, Domaine de la Romanée Conti and Clos des Lambrays. With the Clos De Corvées De Citeau 2019 to release at around £35 per bottle (in bond), it is incredibly rare to find a monopole that offers such amazing value.
The 2019’s are shaping up to be excellent. Vinous’ Neal Martin has awarded some of the highest ever scores for the Domaine, heaping them with well-deserved praise.
“For the uninitiated, I thoroughly recommend broaching Chavy’s regional whites that are superb, not least the Bourgogne Les Saussots from vines just below Volnay Santenots. Overall, his 2019s form a strong set of wines with just a couple of missteps such as the Meursault Les Vireuils, but this aside, Chavy oversaw complex terroir-driven, quite nervy Meursaults Villages that should age extremely well.”
Yet it’s also not all about the whites. For me, the Bourgogne Rouge ‘La Taupe’ is fabulous, it has become a firm favourite at home, and is a wine I would happily serve on any occasion. Neal Martin aptly describes the 2019 as “A perfect bistro Pinot.”
It is clear the Domaine is heading in one direction, and at some point, the prices will catch up too. In the meantime, this Domaine is definitely one to watch. With Bourgognes that drink wonderfully straight out of the gate, and 1er Crus that give their blockbuster counterparts a serious run for their money, Domaine Chavy-Chouet really does it all.
A brief summary of the 2019 1er Crus:
Meursault Genevrières 1er Cru – 93 Points NM “A rich and generous Meursault, classy and decidedly tasty”
Meursault Clos des Corvées de Citeau – 92 Points NM “richer than Chavy-Chouet’s other Meursault, revealing hints of sesame and a little toastiness toward the long, harmonious finish. Excellent”
Meursault Les Charmes 1er Cru – 94 Points NM “My pick of Chavy-Chouet’s whites this year. An absolute knockout.”
Puligny-Montrachet Les Folatières 1er Cru – 92 Points NM “Good weight and density, although it slams the door shut on the finish. Actually, a little Meursault-like on the nutty aftertaste.”
Puligny-Montrachet Les Champs Gain 1er Cru – 91 Points NM “Taut and focused, if just needing a tad more grip on the finish. It will deserve 2–4 years in bottle.”
If you would like to hear about the upcoming releases, please contact Private Client Sales Manager Patrick Robinson