2020 Domaine Robert Chevillon Nuits-Saint-Georges Les Chaignots Premier Cru
There's no doubt that if Domaine Robert Chevillon were based in Vosne-Romanee or Chambolle-Musigny, their wines would be next to impossible to find and sell for exorbitant prices. That they are found in Nuits-Saint-Georges, a village with no grand cru sites, has allowed these wines to fly under the radar for many consumers. That said, these are some of the most accomplished wines of Burgundy, and best of all continually produce wines that seemingly ignore any challenges a vintage might throw their way to achieve results seen only at very few of the finest addresses across the Cote.
Now under the stewardship of Robert Chevillon's sons Bertrand and Denis, these passionate pair of vignerons are tireless in their pursuit of the finest expression of Pinot Noir possible. After meticulous care in the vineyards across the year, grapes are hand harvested, sorted and de-stemmed before receiving a cold maceration in vats for 5-6 days and natural fermentation lasting 2-3 weeks. Maturation lasts from 15 to 18 months in a mix of 30% new and 70% second use barrels.
Soils in Les Chaignots are more alluvial than in other areas of the village, with more chalk and gravel and very little clay. The site has a gentle slope with good drainage, and the vines here grow deep to access water and nutrients. Located at the northern end of Nuits, wines from Les Chaignots display intense floral aromatics with fruity nuances and great concentration.
A vague touch of wood is present on the ripe and exuberantly fresh aromas of poached plum, dark currant and anise. The sleeker and more mineral-driven medium weight flavors possess a lovely sense of underlying tension, all wrapped in a compact, firm and built-to-age finale. This is also excellent and stylistically, it is a mix of Nuits and Vosne. Drink through 2032+.
Allen Meadows - Burghound
Wafting from the glass with notions of cassis, dark chocolate, plums, spices and peonies, the 2020 Nuits-Saint-Georges 1er Cru Les Chaignots is medium to full-bodied, velvety and enveloping, with a rich core of concentrated fruit, lively acids and a penetrating finish.
William Kelley - Wine Advocate (Jan 21, 2022)
Intense black colour with a purple rim. Overwrought cherries. On the palate there is enough wealth of fruit to work more successfully than the village wine, with a slight youthful bitterness at the back. Roasted plums along with some black berry fruit.
Jasper Morris MW - Inside Burgundy