2020 Domaine Robert Chevillon Nuits-Saint-Georges Les Pruliers 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.
The slope in Les Pruliers is moderate though steep towards the top of the vineyard. Despite the slope there is still a good proportion of gravel here, and can lead to wines with generous fruit weight and presence. Chevillon produces a deep and firm example of Les Pruliers that can often rival Les Vaucrains for the most powerful wine in the portfolio.
A markedly sauvage-inflected nose is comprised by notes of newly turned earth, red and black currant and a whiff of underbrush. The intense and detailed big-bodied flavors exude a subtle salinity on the complex, serious and moderately austere finish that is shaped by palate coating tannins. I would recommend not touching a bottle of this for at least 10 years as it's very much built-to-age. Drink through 2038+.
Allen Meadows - Burghound
The 2020 Nuits-Saint-Georges 1er Cru Les Pruliers is showing especially well, soaring from the glass with notes of raspberries, cherries, sweet spices, raw cocoa and orange rind. Medium to full-bodied, bright and vibrant, with lively acids and a deep core of concentrated fruit, it's framed by ripe, powdery tannins and concludes with a long, penetrating finish.
William Kelley - Wine Advocate (Jan 21, 2022)
Just as dark in colour but there is more life in the nose, dark fruits but still more in the red register than black. Just spent a mite longer in the oven than is ideal. Ripe bright cheerful cherry notes and a long aftertaste. Enough juice here for this to work.
Jasper Morris MW - Inside Burgundy