Stop Everything: The “Genuinely Exceptional” 2015 Domaine Chevillon Wines are Here

Posted on: 02/5/19 4:44 PM


I don’t know what to say about Domaine Robert Chevillon that hasn’t already been said. Simply put, this is one of the finest Domaines in all of Burgundy. Sumptuous, rich and powerful wines that nonetheless deliver the balance, finesse and terroir expression that is the signature of great Burgundy. Allen Meadows’ exuberance sums it up nicely:

“Chevillon rarely misses, indeed I would describe the domaine as one of the most consistent in all of Burgundy. … Moreover, because Nuits in the Côte de Nuits is like Pommard in the Côte de Beaune, meaning it gets less respect than it deserves, the Chevillon wines remain relative bargains and thus they are very much worth considering.”

That latter point is salient. Yes, prices for Chevillon have risen considerably from what they were in 2009, especially for the Les St. Georges, Vaucrains and Cailles. Nonetheless, in the context of great Burgundy, Chevillon remains a value proposition.

There’s not a lot to the Chevillon story, as it is essentially the same narrative as any traditional Burgundian family Domaine: 5 generations of growers; deep roots in a single village; a single dynamic figure who starts pushing the quality envelope and Domaine bottling (the Domaine’s eponymous Robert); old vines, hard work, passion and a sense of pride. All of these things go into Chevillon’s bottlings – from Passetoutgrains to Les St. Georges.

What makes Chevillon even more remarkable is the clutch of vineyards that spans the length of Nuits and includes all 3 of the appellation’s best vineyards – Cailles, Vaucrains and Les St. Georges. As such, Chevillon is one of the very few Domaines that gives a clear look onto the terroir of a single village. Sure, there are many Domaines whose holdings exist in only one village, but few who have as broad a number of holdings or as capable and consistent hand in the cellar.

But you all know this. Let’s get to the point. I still have 2015s from the esteemed producer. Crazy I know. I have put them all online and the link below will take you to the website. First come, first served. My advice? Don’t sleep on the “lesser” 1ers crus – Perrieres and Roncieres are exceptional wines, and can surprise many with their smoky, mineral brilliance. Also, the Nuits Vieilles Vignes may be one of the most consistent wines in Burgundy. If you have the funds, buy a case. You will be amply rewarded for a decade or two.

Posted in Burgundy List By Ian Halbert