Domaine Robert Chevillon, Nuits Saint Georges ‘Vieilles Vignes’ 2014

£61.00 (75cl)

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SKU: BUCH0014C

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Sourced from vines located on higher slopes, in limestone areas, with clay and marl nuances, stony and well drained. Covering 3.3ha with 50-year-old vines.

Tasting note

A deep red colour, full-bodied in the mouth with flavours of summer fruits such as black cherry. Can be kept for 5 to 10 years, 20 years for those who can wait.

About the producer

Bertrand and Denis Chevillon have taken after their father Robert and maintained the impeccable reputation of this famous 13ha domaine. Created in the early 1900s by the Chevillon family, their wines stand for finesse and complexity and are appreciated by Burgundy lovers far and wide. Blessed with many Premiers Crus, the domaine also produces a textbook Nuits St Georges with enough succulent fruit to make it approachable when young. Both brothers bring passion, experience, a tireless work ethic and intensity to their work at the domaine.

Vines are only treated when necessary. Vines naturally achieve low yields. Grapes are fully de-stemmed. Primary fermentation in stainless steel cuves and then wines are racked into barrels. The Bourgogne Rouge and Nuits St Georges ‘Vieilles Vignes’ are aged in 20% new oak, then bottled after approximately 16 months. All others are aged in approximately 30% new oak depending on the vintage and bottled after approximately 20 months



Burghound (burghound.com):

Once again reduction renders the nose impossible to assess but there is good freshness and verve to the solidly dense middle weight flavors that possess a relatively fine mouth feel that is enhanced by the finer-grained tannins. As the description suggests this is much less rustic than usual though not as fine as most of the following 1ers. Points 87-89. Issue: 61

Decanter Magazine (decanter.com):

Fairly deep red. Sweet fruity nose, full of charm, displaying ripe red fruits. Rich, suave attack, but then the tannins kick in on the mid-palate. This may lack finesse but it has abundant fruit and plenty of Nuits muscle without being too extracted. Good length. (Part of Best value Burgundy 2014 - Stephen Brook) Points: 92

Regions Vintage Report:

“Charming, fresh & balanced – very Burgundian.” The end of winter and early spring of 2014 were markedly mild, sunny and largely dry. Vine bud-burst was therefore early and led to thoughts of a potential late August harvest. However this benevolent weather pattern did not continue with much of May being cooler and damper than usual; the net result was that the vines’ development was slowed. Flowering in the first week of June passed off successfully giving rise to hopes of a bountiful vintage – much needed after a sequence of several smaller than average crops. June was dry and warm, for the most part, with occasional spikes in heat to over 30°C. The harvest was now expected to begin around the 10-12th September. The month though had not run its course before certain vignerons’ luck ran out as there was a savage hail storm that hit Meursault, Volnay, Pommard and Beaune – for the 3 rd year in succession! Cruel indeed. The worst hit domaines lost 50% of potential earnings, with cru by cru losses varying between 40%-80%. The weather in July was decidedly mixed with only very few hot, sunny periods being scattered amongst predominately rainy, cool conditions. Rot was a constant threat and for some, especially on the Côte de Nuits, the presence of the Asian vinegar fly was another problem to face, as these unwelcome pests pierce the berries causing the juice to turn acetic. Vigilance and strict sorting was necessary in the vineyards where these challenges occurred. August too, continued to be unseasonably cool and damp. The grapes were only slowly nearing full ripeness. September dawned and the weather changed. Settled, sunny conditions set in with a cool drying north wind – prayers had been answered! There were a couple of rain storms, but essentially the month was dry enabling the grapes to ripen sufficiently and the harvest to take place in good weather. Some growers chose to pick before the rain in order to retain freshness and edge in their wines, whilst others chose to harvest after the rain in the hope of attaining extra ripeness. Both choices seem to have their successes. The finest wines show precision, clarity of fruit, excellent balance and an authenticity that is very Burgundian. The greatest reds offer fine aromatics, honesty, purity and elegance, with more fruit ripeness and weight than 2013; whilst the best whites marry a fine, focused linearity and tension with a juiciness of ripe fruit. Alcohol degrees, in general, are tempered and minerality/salinity is marked ensuring that the best wines are very appetising. The 2014 Chablis vintage stands out for exhibiting excellent verve and typicité and with good ageing potential. A widely noted refreshing drinkability is a key element of the success of 2014 Burgundy and the deft hand of the more sensitive winemakers has clearly adapted well to the relative delicacy of the 2014 fruit. Here the myriad of terroirs, that is so much a part of Burgundy, express themselves with clarity and finesse. 2014, like 2013 before it, may not be a vintage of intense structure and richness but its inherent restraint, finesse and precision allow the taster to savour many of the intriguing intricacies of wines from this most compelling of wine-producing regions. Volumes, overall, are more plentiful than in recent vintages, except for those embattled growers in the Volnay/Pommard sector where the hail caused such devastating damage. Volumes are also a problem in parts of the Côte de Nuits where the Asian vinegar fly impact was at its worst. Some growers feel that 2014 can be compared to vintages like 2008 but with more weight (for whites) or 2012, 2000 or 1999 for red. In any case, the quality and style of 2014 will bring hugely pleasurable drinking over the short to medium term. For our Burgundy 2014 En Primeur offer, we are pleased to say that we have once again managed to reduce our pricing in many instances, thanks to a restrained approach from a number of growers in tandem with a beneficial movement in the £/€ exchange rate. Christian Honorez & Neil Sommerfelt MW January 2016 ©adVINture 2020

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