A Fortress of Value Among the Greats
2008 Chevillon NSG 1er Les Vaucrains
"Impressively scaled flavors that stain the palate with chewy pinot extract and culminates in a textured, structured and superbly long finish that should be capable of extended aging. Magnificent." - Burghound
As we come to the near-end of our 2008 Burgundy program, and the roar and anticipation over the forthcoming 2009s begins to become almost deafening, we ask for a bit of patience - because there are a few *final* bottles of 2008 Burgundy that we consider DO NOT MISS.
In this vintage of structure, transparency and purity, the fortress-like Nuits-St-Georges of Domaine Robert Chevillon are, as the Burghound says, "magnificent." These are simply stunning bottles, built for the long haul - do not miss.
And because the tiny village of Nuits-St-Georges flies under the radar, with no Grand Crus, no obvious hooks for the clever hand of marketing to hang its hat on, the greatest wines of Nuits-St-Georges remain outstanding values.
While the top 1er Crus of Vosne-Romanée and Gevrey-Chambertin can creep well into the triple-digits, today we offer one of this commune's greatest wines, the 2008 Chevillon Nuits-St-Georges 1er Cru Les Vaucrains, at only $78.95 a bottle.
Chevillon simply nailed the 2008 vintage by pulling the power of Nuits-St-Georges into alignment with the context of this vintage. Nuits-St-Georges is nearly always among the most textured, most masculine expressions of the Côte d'Or - and while there is no lack of density, of texture or structure, there is a clarity to Chevillon's 2008s, a brightness and energy that is thrilling... it also promises this wine a long, long life ahead of it.
The Vaucrains has all of this, yet with a form that is more elegant than nearly any Nuits-St-Georges. Even the hallowed Les-St-Georges, most often considered the top site of the village, does not obviously outclass Vaucrains in 2008. The Burghound's respective reviews/scores allude to as much.
Have no doubt, when it comes to ageability, NSG’s greatest Premier Crus can certainly hang with the Grands of the Côte de Nuits. This is especially true when they come from NSG's greatest producer, which I think at this moment is most definitively Chevillon.
As Andrew Jefford says in regard to the Chevillon domaine, "If the style of NSG (bright, bold, fiery fruit) appeals, then this is the first name to remember: Robert Chevillon… Moreover, their holdings in Les St-Georges, Les Cailles and Les Vaucrains are planted with very old vines (75 years), giving multi-dimensional, dense red Burgundies of unusual power and richness." Take note: He doesn’t say "multi-dimensional, dense NSG." He says red Burgundies. Unusual power and richness compared to all red Burgundies.
Do not overlook these wines - do not miss them. We have a small parcel of the Vaucrains available. Please give us your maximum order and we'll do our best to allocate fairly.
To place your order, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the store at (212) 980-9463.
Director, Fine & Rare Wine
Crush Wine & Spirits
Burghound: Ripe, elegant and dense aromas of blue and black pinot fruit plus floral nuances and one can smell the concentration of the rich, thick, mouth coating and impressively scaled flavors that stain the palate with chewy pinot extract and culminates in a textured, structured and superbly long finish that should be capable of extended aging. Magnificent.