Nuits St Georges, Les Vaucrains, 1er Cru
    Robert Chevillon

    Nuits St Georges, Les Vaucrains, 1er Cru,



    Robert Chevillon, Nuits St Georges, Les Vaucrains, 1er Cru, 2001

    Justerini & Brooks Tasting note
    Robert Chevillon, Nuits St Georges, Les Vaucrains, 1er Cru, 2001

    As ever the real braun of these cellars, crunchy black fruit, spicy notes and hints of coffee bean, this is robust and has great depth of flavour.

    Stephen Tanzer, Vinous
    Inviting scents of plum and truffle come across as fresh for a 15-year-old bottle. Not hugely fleshy but still plump in the middle in the context of the vintage--and more primary than a majority of the wines I tasted for this report. Plum and spice flavors dominate today and carry well on the finish, where the firm tannins arrive late to dust the palate. In a very lively style, this premier cru can be enjoyed now but barely tastes like a mature wine. For his part, Bertrand Chevillon pointed out that the 2001s were hard to taste at the beginning but have rounded out.
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    Robert Chevillon

    Robert Chevillon

    Robert’s two sons, Bertrand and Denis, now look after the winemaking and viticulture respectively. Their vineyards stretch from the far south side of Nuits St-Georges to the very north side next to Vosne-Romanée. All of the wines demonstrate harmony, ripe fruit and structure thanks to both hard work in the vineyard by Denis (who insists on low yields and a strict grape selection) and to a fermentation and barrique elevage carefully controlled by Bertrand. There are no frills or careful secrets here, the crop is destalked, fermented and agedin in a maximum of one third new oak for the top crus. These wines are the product of terroir-knowledge and hard, hands-on, work. It is a great compliment to them both that their wines are so balanced yet still maintain the individuality and character that emanates from their terroir. The vineyards south of Nuits (Pruliers and Vaucrains) tend to have more muscle and drive while those nearer Vosne, such as the Chaignots, verge more on elegance and silkiness.

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