In this glass: what the hype on '96 red Burgundy is all about. This wine is inky-black in color, fat in texture, showing clean but ripe flavors of blackberry, spice and a touch of oak-infused mocha. A great follow-up to the classic '95 from this unheralded premier cru vineyard. Should live for a decade. Drink now through 2010. 325 cases made.
Author: Per-Henrik Mansson
International Wine Cellar | Rating: 88
Saturated red-ruby color. Rather wild aromas of blackberry, animal fur and coffee grounds. Tangy dark berry fruit with a distinctly meaty aspect. Fat and rich for the vintage, but given shape by firm acidity. Finishes with a burst of fruit.
Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: March/April 1999
Burghound | Rating: 90
The fruit is just beginning its transition from completely primary to hints of secondary and is really quite pretty with nicely rich middle weight flavors that possess good depth, punch and length. There is a just a touch of '96 acidity that comes up on the finish but overall, this is lovely and still improving. A fine '96 that will drink well for another 15 years. Several consistent notes.
Author: Allen Meadows
Wine Advocate | Rating: 90
This wine may be the finest wine Chevillon has crafted from this little-known premier cru vineyard. It reveals a medium-to-dark ruby color and rich scents of plump red fruits. This feminine, supple, focused, medium-to-full-bodied offering has dense layers of ripe red and black berries that last throughout its admirable finish.
Had it with Duck and Polenta. Has aged beautifully. Seems to be peaking and should be consumed. Beautiful bouquet of black berries blended with freshly squeezed eucalyptus leaves. The taste reminds me of beetle nut in central palate with the outer palate picking the velvety floral and fruitiness. Beautiful!!
Self | Rating: 93
Really singing now - glad I didn't wait too long. Forest floor, wet earth and dank cellar on the nose, with blackberries and raspberries on the mid-palate. Quite extracted and full for a red burg - pleasantly surprised. A hint of white pepper and acidity on the finish. In fact, the acidity and tannin are in perfect balance right now. I do believe this is one of my epiphany wines - I've always appreciated burgundy in an intellectual way, but never actually experienced its greatness vis-a-vis the wines that earned the region its reputation. This wine has changed that - now I get it.