Domaine Robert Chevillon
Nuits St. Georges “Les Vaucrains” ♥
1er Cru Red barrel
Tasted: Jan 15, 2016
Sweet spot Outstanding
Note: from a 1.5 ha parcel
Producer note: Bertrand Chevillon called the 2014 “yet one more complicated and stressful vintage where a near-perfect September basically saved the harvest from what was a miserable summer. But it was a definite thrill ride as we went from a great spring with an excellent flowering to a very dry period where it hailed. The hail was dramatic as the hailstones were the size of golf balls! Thankfully the hail struck early enough that the vines were able to recover plus given the dry weather the damaged berries simply desiccated and fell off the bunches. Moreover the north wind was pretty much constant but particularly so in late August and September and this helped to keep the rot and mildew at bay. As to the much-discussed Suzukii flies we really had no trouble except for one parcel of Bourgogne that has young vines. We chose to begin picking on the 11th of September and since the crop was relatively clean there really wasn’t much in the way of sorting required. Potential alcohols were in the 12 to 12.2% range which is perfectly fine for us. Yields were for the first time in several vintages comfortable and the berries had normal skin thicknesses which was an excellent plus for quality because often when you have bigger yields the skins aren’t especially thick. We did our usual vinification as there was no obvious reason not to. As to wine quality I would put the 2014s between very good to excellent as they should be approachable young but there is no lack of ageability.” (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: Ample wood spice is present on the brooding and deeply pitched nose of plum, dark currant, smoked meat and sauvage scents. Though this is an overtly powerful and muscular wine the seductively textured mid-palate is velvety thanks to the copious amount of dry extract that also buffers the notably firm tannic spine on the gorgeously long finale. This strikingly good effort will be approachable somewhat earlier than usual but make no mistake this is still going to require a long stay in a cool cellar.