This will be short and sweet. Jérôme Chezeaux is a house favorite offering seriously under-the-radar excellence from the now almost-too-dear Côte de Nuits. It’s strange, especially given that Chezeaux’s wines have been imported for decades now by the inimitable Neal Rosenthal and he holds some pretty prime real estate in both Nuits and Vosne: 1ers Prulier and Vaucrains in the former, and Chaumes and Suchots in the latter, with an excellent plot of old vine Grand Cru Clos de Vougeot to boot!
“The entry-level wines are terrific, both on absolute and relative terms.” - Antonio Galloni on Domaine J. Chezeaux
Anyhow, Chezeaux’s Bourgogne is a barnburner, and a stunning value too. Spicy, red and black fruits and very Nuits in character (the vines are spread throughout Prémeaux), this really overdelivers on elegance, with just the right amount of fruit. A stunning wine in its own right, the value here is remarkable, and, while it is worthy of a case buy every vintage, in 2015 you can’t let it pass. In fact, you may even want two!
2015 Jérôme Chezeaux Bourgogne Rouge
Neal Rosenthal: The vineyards for the simple Bourgogne are spread over several sectors of Nuits and Prémeaux, a large number of small sites that cover 2.8 hectares. As an “introductory” wine to the large array of appellations produced at this domaine, we could not ask for a finer example to set the stage for the grandeur to follow. This wine consistently reflects, in simple form, the classic characteristics of the wines from the area around Nuits Saint Georges: red and black fruits, bright but not too dense color, exquisite balance with lively acidity, somewhat austere at the outset but elegant and savory. We import 1500 bottles per year for the US market.