Domaine Robert Chevillon
Nuits St. Georges “Les Roncières” ♥
1er Cru Red barrel
Tasted: Jan 15, 2017
Note: from a 1.0 ha parcel of 45+ year old vines
Producer note: Bertrand Chevillon called the 2015 “a hot and dry vintage that had just enough rain at the right moments to avoid making another 2003. We picked between the 3rd and the 10th of September and partially because there was plenty of fruit on the vines and partially because it was so clean, we thought that we would have good if not truly abundant yields. But to our amazement there was just not much juice in the berries and we were down 40% relative to what we produced in 2014! On the plus side there is excellent concentration as the skins were thick plus there were a lot of shot berries so one thing that the 2015s don’t lack is density. Potential alcohols were good to very good as well at between 12.5 and 13.5% with reasonably good acidities as well. We did our normal vinification though as usual we took care not to over extract as it would have been very easy to do given how thick the skins were. As to the wines, I would describe them as slightly fresher and less tannic versions of the 2005s.” Chevillon rarely misses, indeed I would describe the domaine as one of the most consistent in all of Burgundy. Thus it won’t surprise readers to see me extol the quality of the domaine’s 2015s are they are genuinely exceptional across the board. Moreover, because Nuits in the Côte de Nuits is like Pommard in the Côte de Beaune, meaning it gets less respect than it deserves, the Chevillon wines remain relative bargains and thus they are very much worth considering. Note that the 2014 Les St. Georges reviewed below was bottled in April 2016. (Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant, www.kermitlynch.com, Berkeley, CA; A&B Vintners, www.abvintners.co.uk, and Justerini & Brooks, www.justerinis.com, both UK).
Tasting note: The expressive nose is compositionally quite similar to that of the Bousselots except that it’s just a bit more deeply pitched. The clean, cool and sleek flavors display excellent delineation along with plenty of minerality, all wrapped in a wonderfully persistent and impeccably well-balanced if notably firm finale. This beauty is indisputably built-to-age and is going to need it.