Chevillon Steal: 2011 Chevillon Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru Vaucrains

Posted by Ian McFadden

Chevillon Steal
2011 Chevillon Nuits St. Georges
1er Cru Les Vaucrains

"The austere finish is explosive and the length is excellent"

I should say from the outset that this is a small parcel that I'm only sending to Chevillon supporters.

I'm going to keep this short. I can't think of a Burgundy producer who's earned more of my respect in the past few years than Chevillon. Every time I open a bottle I'm impressed. He just doesn't seem to miss.

And then there's the way the wines age. Have no doubt, when it comes to ageability, NSG’s greatest Premier Crus can certainly hang with the Grand Crus of the Côte de Nuits. This is especially true when they come from Chevillon, who I think is NSG's greatest producer.

The 1er Cru Vaucrains is one of the gems in the Chevillon stable. It is sourced from a tiny 1.5ha section of eighty-year-old vines. This is the most powerful, wild and mineral wine of Chevillon. It may lack some of Les Cailles' and Les St. Georges' refinement, but it can definitely hang in terms of complexity and ageworthiness.

Chevillon's 2011s are really impressive. The 2011 Vaucrains delivers all the muscle, earth-saturated minerality and gripping depth that you'd expect.

This is one of the values that I rarely get to offer. It's easy to see this reaching its 15th or 20th birthday and being stunning.

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Ian McFadden
Director, Fine & Rare Wine
Crush Wine & Spirits

Burghound: "This is very reserved, indeed to the point where the nose is borderline taciturn and requires considerable swirling to reveal the ripe and intensely earthy nose of animale inflected dark berry fruit. The concentrated, powerful and muscular broad-shouldered flavors ooze with an abundance of dry extract that actually causes the very firm tannins to appear more civilized than they really are. Despite the reserve of the nose the austere finish is explosive and the length is excellent."