2020 Domaine Robert Chevillon Nuits-Saint-Georges Les Saint-Georges 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.
Les Saint-Georges is the most lauded Premier Cru site in the commune, lending its name to the town of Nuits in the 1890's to become the full Nuits-Saint-Georges we know today. As the de facto Grand Cru vineyard, Les Saint-Georges is on the gentle mid-slope with varied and complex limestone soils. Wines from Les Saint-Georges are rich, full, complex, and have an enviable track record for longevity in the cellar.
There is just enough reduction to blur the nuance of what are clearly ripe aromas trimmed in just enough wood to notice. Otherwise, there is terrific energy to the mineral-driven and precise larger-scaled flavors that are at once sleek and powerful while exhibiting the usual youthful austerity on the gorgeously long, balanced and built-to-age finale. In a word, marvelous. Drink through 2038+.
Allen Meadows - Burghound
The 2020 Nuits-Saint-Georges 1er Cru Les Saint-Georges opens in the glass with aromas of dark berries and plums mingled with warm spices, baking chocolate and loamy soil. Medium to full-bodied, rich and layered, it's gourmand and dramatic, with lively acids and ample reserves of powdery tannin.
William Kelley - Wine Advocate (Jan 21, 2022)
Black purple, the bouquet is very backward, but more importantly not at all cooked. Now the concentrated deep raspberry fruit starts to emerge, red rather than on the blacker side. Very succulent, a grand lush wine that is reserved at the moment, but this should develop into a stunner and may yet move into five star territory.
Jasper Morris MW - Inside Burgundy