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In order to properly calibrate my palate for this weekend’s La Paulee, I am only drinking wines from Burgundy this week. It is a tough chore, but I am dedicated. Tonight’s selection is a Bourgogne from Chavy-Martin in Puligny-Montrachet. A complete profile of the producer can be found on my Producer Profile page. This cuvee comes is from two parcels in Puligny, one near the Meursault border and one closer to the village.  The wine has a nice bouquet of white flowers and rich texture in the mouth. On the palate, the flavors hint toward tropical fruits, but it remains fresh and vibrant. The wine’s origin is reflected in the finish, which reveals an undercurrent of minerals. Alain Chavy bottles his wines under two labels, Chavy-Martin and Alain Chavy. Each label is brought into the U.S., but by different importers. Alain’s winemaking is very understated and this was a benefit in a warm vintage like 2006. While many wines from vintage come across as flabby and overripe, Alain’s wines seem perfectly balanced.

 


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