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Robert Chevillon - Nuits St Georges Les Chaignots 1er Cru

FRANCE / BURGUNDY / NUITS-SAINT-GEORGES
  • 90 WA
  • 88 IWC
  • Variety
    Pinot Noir

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SKU: 55503-2008-750-3A
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 89

    (malo finished in July; from a blend of 65- and 50-year-old vines) Good red-ruby color. Red fruits and strong spicy oak on the nose. Intense flavors of red fruits, spices, flowers and minerals on the palate, with firm acidity giving this a classically dry impression. This is normally a round, supple wine in this line-up, but this 2008 has finesse and grip.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: March/April 2010
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 91

    Tasted assembled from tank, the Chevillon 2008 Nuits-St.-Georges Les Chaignots broadcasts an alluring aroma of sandalwood, iris, red currant, cherry, and a marine mingling of salt spray and alkali. Bright, buoyant, finely-tannic, and lip-smackingly marked by its marine mineral cast, the fruits of this site-typical Nuits take on an aura of distillate as the wine takes on air, and seem to darken and deepen as well as pick up a flattering hint of caramel from barrel when headed into it long, multi-faceted, and invigorating finish. The persistence of floral inner-mouth perfume, too, is arresting. I'll admit - as readers may have determined by now - that I'm a sucker for this premier cru, and especially for the bright, elegant, mineral, in certain ways white wine-like cast it exhibits from the 2008 vintage, almost regardless of custodian. So if you're like me, you might wish to imagine my score a point higher! I'm betting that this beauty will reward more than a decade's cellaring, but I'd want to enjoy some in its youth and middle age, too.
    Author: David Schildknecht
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  • Prized for stylish, fruit-forward representations of Pinot Noir, Domaine Robert Chevillon produces wines that stand out from the rest of the Nuits-Saint-George appellation. The domaine's holdings include several excellent old-vine and premier cru vineyards, managed by brothers Bertrand and Denis Chevillon- the fifth generation in the family to run the estate. Their father, Robert, is still actively involved as well. Lutte raisonnee is practiced here, though not dogmatically. Grapes are always 100% destemmed, and cold-soaked prior to maceration. Each wine is made exactly the same way, with the only difference being the percentage of new oak for village-level wines (about 20%) versus premiers crus (closer to 30%). Domaine Robert Chevillon Prized for stylish fruit-forward representations of Pinot Noir Domaine Robert Chevillon produces wines that stand out from the rest of the Nuits-Saint-George appellation.

    Burgundy is home to some of the greatest and most expensive wines in the world. Stretching from Auxerre in the north to Lyon in the south, the region's most famous section is the limestone-rich Côte d'Or. Vineyards in Burgundy are classified according to their locations on the hillsides. Only 2% of total production is from grand cru sites, while premier cru and village-level wines are more common. It is rare for one domaine to own an entire vineyard; rather the land has been divided down to individual rows, in some cases as a result of inheritance laws. While other varieties can be found in Burgundy, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay reign supreme. The best examples are capable of aging for 15 years or more, a rarity for these two varieties, making them highly valuable. 

    Pinot Noir is a delicate, thin-skinned grape that is notoriously difficult to grow but unmatched in its ability to reflect its terroir. It is early-budding and early-ripening, and thus requires a cool climate. To achieve its best expression and maintain its delicate flavor profile, Pinot Noir demands great care in the vineyard, particular attention to yield management, and careful handling in the winery. Growers blessed with the patience, skill, and terroir to produce world-class Pinot Noir are greatly rewarded. Not only are these wines complex, age-worthy, and delicious, they also command some of the world’s highest prices.

    Old-World Pinot Noir most famously hails from Burgundy, where it is the only red variety permitted in the region. Techniques such as whole-bunch fermentation and barrel ageing, now common amongst high-quality Pinot Noir producers around the world, were pioneered by Burgundian winemakers. Age-worthy Pinot Noir from Burgundy tends to be high in acid, display low to medium tannins, and have red fruit flavors in youth that evolve into complex flavors of earth, game, cola, and truffle with age. Some of the most famous producers include Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, Domaine Comte de Vogüé, Domaine Leroy, and Domaine Armand Rousseau.

    New-World Pinot Noir tends to grow in warmer climates and on newer vines than in the Old Word, producing wine that is more fruit-forward with flavors of red cherry, cranberry, and raspberry. The highest-quality wines come from moderate regions in California, particularly Sonoma and Carneros, and top producers include Marcassin, Kistler, and Kosta Browne.

    High acidity, low tannin, and low alcohol make Pinot Noir a versatile wine to pair. Spiced duck, fatty fish, grilled chicken, spicy foods, and anything with mushroom are just a few classic examples.

    Collector Data For This Wine

    • 37 bottles owned
    • 7 collectors