At 17 hectares, Les Folatières is the bigges premier cru in Puligny, and enjoys a priveliged mid-slope, east-facing position just north of the Grand Crus, and neighbouring Mersault’s Les Charmes. Soils are quite a rocky marl. Jean-Louis Chavy has 0.5 hectares of this vineyard. This is a really good example of this vineyard, I reckon. It’s balanced with good concentration, and the oak is in the background.
Jean-Louis Chavy Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Folatières 2018 Bourgogne, France
13.5% alcohol. This is taut, complex and quite intense with a spicy, mineral fringing to the citrus and white peach fruits. Oak is present, but beautifully integrated, and there’s great concentration and precision, with fine nuttiness and a touch of toast/baked bread, but the linear citrus fruit dominates the palate, keeping things focused and pure. Lovely refinement here, finishing all mineral. 94/100 (£45.00 Berry Bros & Rudd, reduced by 30% to £31.50 in their current sale here)