Going into Philippe Chavy's tasting room is like going into a room full of people trying to give up smoking. There is tension in the air, not from Philipppe, who is Mr. Relaxed as usual, but from the wines themselves. As a range, they tend to be edgy, nervous, glancing from side to side.
Philippe is based in Puligny Montrachet, an appellation often generalised as being "racy". I don't like generalisations, especially in Burgundy and I'm not entirely sure what racy means, but I like the sound of it. We tasted the following wines, all from 2007:
Aligote - quite rich, nice.
Bourgogne - tight, pure.
Meursault - v good
Puligny Montrachet - lighter, delicate, a bit closed, a bit short?
Meursault Narvaux - - excellent purity and concentration
Puligny Corvees dees Vignes - tight, concentrated and long, big step up from basic Puligny
Puligny Montrachet Rue Rousseau - oaky, but excellent
Meursault Blagny 1er Cru Sous le Dos d'Ane - lemon sherbet fruit, mineral finish, delicious
Puligny Montrachet 1er Cru Folatieres - no note, but delicious from memory!
Excellent range as always and with the new 25% discount on Philippe's wines from 2007, we hope to be able to shift some wine for him.