Domaine Robert Chevillon 2016 Nuits Saint-Georges 1er Cru Les Perrières

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Robert Parker 92-94 Points: "The 2016 Nuits Saint-Georges 1er Cru Les Perrières has a more floral and mineral-driven bouquet, a bit of light after the broodier Roncier. The palate is medium-bodied with a confit-like entry, quite intense with concentrated with veins of fresh fig discretely interwoven into the red berry fruit. There is sense of compactness here and it is only in the last third that it stretches its arms. This is a lovely Les Perrières from Chevillon.

Bertrand Chevillon always pops a mature vintage after his barrel tasting. I am a crap blind taster. Too many reference points is my excuse. I have a preternatural knack of getting it wrong. This year I nailed it! The 1999 Les Vaucrains! I was expecting a prize…Argos vouchers…a speedboat…Clos de Tart…Instead I had to make do with congratulations and gloating over John Gilman, his next appointment, who apparently got the 1993 Les Pruliers wrong (though John is a much better blind taster than I). But you know, tasting these older vintages, as much as I appreciate the task, it often highlights how the wines have improved so much in recent years. That is unquestionably the case at this address. Tasting the 1999 I observed how the tannins are more filigree compared to the last three of our vintage; how the fruit is so much purer and the terroir more expressive. Of course in 2106, the appellation, particularly the southern sector, was severely affected by the frost, and the domaine lost between 50% and 70% of the crop depending upon vineyard, particularly those toward Prémeaux. Picking here was between 24 September and 3 October. Bernard pointed out that he found the older vines were more resistant to frost. Most of his cuvées came in between 12.5% and 13.0% natural alcohol, so he only chaptalized some of them by a small degree (literally). I just loved these wines. In my opinion, Chevillon has become the leading grower in Nuits-Saint-Georges with a raft of superlative wines that would get more attention if cognoscenti were not so obsessed about other appellations blessed with grand crus. This vintage is not, or could not be consistent because of the frost damage, and therefore, a couple of crus such as the Roncières lacked the vividness and nascent energy of say, the brilliant Vaucrains (his best cru?) and Les Saint-Georges. These wines come highly recommended."

Burghound 91-93 points: "This is aromatically quite similar to the Roncières with perhaps just a bit more elegance. The more evidently mineral-inflected flavors possess a slightly finer mouthfeel while delivering excellent depth and length on the built-to-age finish. The Chevillon Perrières typically ages exceptionally well and the 2016 version will be no exception. Worth a look if you have the patience."

 



Collections: France, French - Burgundy, Wine

Type: WINE


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