2016 Domaine Robert Chevillon Nuits-St-Georges 1er Cru "Les Pruliers" (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1344000 91-94 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 A restrained and discreetly earthy nose features ripe plum and black berry liqueur aromas that are set off by a moderate lashing of wood. The broad-scaled, rich and intense flavors possess a sleek muscularity along with excellent power, all wrapped in a rustic, austere and backward finish. As is usually the case, this is the most obviously Nuits in character among the Chevillon wines and like the Perrières, it demands considerable patience but it's virtually always worth the wait.  (1/2018)

94 points John Gilman

 The inherent elegance of the 2016 vintage is very much in evidence in this stunning young Pruliers. This is a terroir that can often take a decade or two in bottle for the elegance here to arrive, but the 2016 version from Domaine Chevillon already shows extraordinary refinement. The bouquet delivers a superb constellation of sappy black plums and black cherries, gamebird, dark chocolate, violets, dark soil tones and vanillin oak. This will get very black truffley as it ages. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and very pure on the attack, with a rock solid core, excellent acids and focus, ripe tannins and a very long, complex and soil-driven finish. Agreat vintage of Pruliers. 2026-2070+.  (1/2018)

93 points Decanter

 The Pruliers is archetypal Nuits, offering up aromas of plum, cassis, rich soil and undergrowth, framed by a deft application of new oak. The wine is full-bodied and rich, with a firm but fine chassis of assertive but ripe tannins, and a succulent core of sweet fruit. All this needs is time. (WK)  (10/2017)

90-92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2016 Nuits Saint Georges 1er Cru Les Pruliers is initially tightly wound and only really expresses itself after a few swirls of the glass: blackcurrant, raspberry preserve, wilted rose petals and a fine mineral seam underneath. The palate is medium-bodied with succulent ripe tannin, confit-like red berry fruit, blood orange and a slightly more savory finish where the wood is just a little more pronounced. Give this Pruliers 2 or 3 years in bottle. (NM)  (12/2017)

K&L Notes

92-94 points Jasper Morris, MW: "Rich purple black colour, dense rich dark plums, but juicy rather than heavy. There is significant weight of fruit through the middle with sturdy tannins. Close to a classic interpretation of Nuits-St-Georges, albeit quite backward at this stage." (01/2018)

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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.