2021 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.
As is usually the case, the expressive nose is quite spicy, indeed blind this could aromatically pass for a Vosne with its pretty plum, dark berry and exotic tea scents. The rich and quite generous yet refined and pure medium-bodied flavors exude a subtle minerality on the bitter pit fruit-inflected finale. Lovely and understated. Drink through 2029+.
Allen Meadows - Burghound
The 2021 Nuits-Saint-Georges 1er Cru Les Chaignots is very pretty, bursting with aromas of red berries, coniferous forest floor, peonies and spices. Medium to full-bodied, layered and concentrated, with lively acids and beautifully refined tannins, it will offer a broad drinking window.
William Kelley - Wine Advocate (Feb 01, 2023)
A sound reliable purple, a plump and really rather gorgeous nose, more fruit than flowers, but properly juicy, balanced by correct acidity and very long. I would not want the fruit to taste any riper, but it is lovely as it is. Drink from 2026-2031.
Jasper Morris MW - Inside Burgundy