1999 Domaine Robert Chevillon Nuits-St-Georges 1er Cru "Les Vaucrains"

SKU #1038968 95 points John Gilman

 The 1999 Vaucrains is a beautiful young wine, that though still in its primary stage, offers up tremendous promise for the future. The nose is deep, sappy and stunningly pure, offering up notes of black cherries, dark berries, cocoa powder, incipient notes of game, minerals and a touch of vanillin oak. On the palate the wine is full-bodied, deep and beautifully focused, with the sappiness of the nose echoed in the mid-palate. The finish is very long, very deep and displays great grip, with ripe tannins seamlessly buried in a wave of soil-driven fruit tones. A stunning young Vaucrains, this may well give the monumental 1993 a run for its money.  (1/2006)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Tasted at the Chevillon “Vaucrains” vertical in London. I never understood the 1999 out of barrel, however a decade later, this is one mightily impressive Vaucrains. The nose is incredibly pure with wild strawberry, raspberry, crushed stone and stupendous delineation. The palate is plush in texture, very generous although there is still some oak to be subsumed. Very fresh and vibrant with a Chambolle-like finish, there is a sense of completeness to this ’99. But it would benefit from another 2-3 years in bottles. (NM)  (9/2011)

93 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 An expressive, quite ripe and maturing nose speaks of earth and soft secondary fruit aromas that possess fine complexity leads to rich, full-bodied and quite supple flavors where the supporting tannins are largely if not completely resolved on the impressively long fnish. This is surprisingly civilized, not only for the appellation but also for the vintage as many '99s are still relatively firm and youthful. This by contrast is drinking very well already and while it will certainly hold for years to come there is probably relatively little upside development potential remaining. I should also note that this isn't an especially big wine by the typical standards of the Chevilon Vaucrains. Tasted several times with consistent results.  (3/2013)

90-92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Bright saturated ruby-red. Enticing aromas of blackberry liqueur and spice cake. Big, rich and backward; uncompromisingly dry and quite powerful. Finishes very long, with the substantial tannins spreading out over the entire palate. (ST)  (4/2001)

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Pinot Noir

- One of France's most legendary grapes and the grape that earned Burgundy its reputation. The parent of varietals like Pinot Gris/Grigio and Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir is blue to violet to indigo in color with relatively thin skins, and it is said to have been cultivated in France for more than 2,000 years. At its best, Pinot Noir creates elegant wines that are filled with primary red fruit aromas and flavors while young, revealing with an array of secondary characteristics like earth, smoke, violet, truffle and game with age. The varietal is also known, perhaps better than any, for its ability to translate terroir, or a sense of place. While the best Pinot Noir still comes from Burgundy, it is being produced with increasing success in cooler climates around the world. In France, it is part of the trifecta of grapes that can go into Champagne, and it is also grown in Alsace, Irancy, Jura, Savoie, Lorraine and Sancerre. Outside of France it is produced under the names Pinot Nero and Blauburgunder in Italy's mountainous regions, as Spätburgunder in Germany and as Blauburgunder in Austria. In the US, Pinot Noir has found suitable growing conditions in the cooler parts of California, including Carneros, the Russian River Valley, the Anderson Valley, the Sonoma Coast, Monterey County, the Santa Lucia Highlands and Santa Barbara County, as well as in Oregon's Willamette Valley. In recent years, New Zealand has demonstrated its ability to interpret this hard-to-grow varietal, with successful bottlings coming from careful and attentive growers in Central Otago, Martinborough and Canterbury. Chile is also an up-and-coming region for Pinot Noir, creating fresh, fruit-forward, early-drinking and affordable Pinots from the coastal Casablanca Valley and the Limari Valley.
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France

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Burgundy

- The province of eastern France, famous for its red wines produced from Pinot Noir and its whites produced from Chardonnay. (Small of amounts of Gamay and Aligoté are still grown, although these have to be labeled differently.) The most famous part of the region is known as the Côte d'Or (the Golden Slope). It is divided into the Côte de Beaune, south of the town of Beaune (famous principally for its whites), and the Côte de Nuits, North of Beaune (home of the most famous reds). In addition, the Côte Chalonnaise and the Mâconnais are important wine growing regions, although historically a clear level (or more) below the Côte d'Or. Also include by some are the regions of Chablis and Auxerrois, farther north. View our bestselling Burgundy.
Specific Appellation:

Nuits Saint Georges

- A long, narrow appellation, and the southernmost commune of importance in the Côtes de Nuits. Nuits St. Georges tend to be sturdy, muscular wines, which are tannic in their youth. There are no Grands Cru in the town, but several Premier Cru vineyards. The wines from the north side of the village, towards Vosne-Romanée are distinctly different in character than those from the southern vineyards. The vineyards traditionally among the best are in the South, including Cailles, Vaucrains, St. Georges, and Argillières. These vineyards are on deep brown limestone. The northern vineyards, on the other side of the river Meuzin, have more in common with those of Vosne Romanée. The vineyards are composed of pebbles and limestone, and the wines have more of the finesse and elegance of Vosne, but with the structure of Nuits St. Georges.