2017 Domaine Robert Chevillon Nuits-St-Georges 1er Cru "Les Roncières" (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1399252 95 points Decanter

 This premier cru's position on the south side of Nuits, just below Les Perrières, means that it has a high limestone content and it shows in the freshness of the resulting wine. It's bright, perfumed and focussed, with stylish 30% new wood integration, plenty of structure and depth and a poised finish. (TA)  (10/2018)

92-94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 I have a weakness for the 2017 Nuits-Saint-Georges 1er Cru Roncières, an inviting wine that bursts with aromas of blackberries, cassis, sweet soil tones and spices. On the palate, it's medium to full-bodied, broad and fleshy with an ample core of succulent fruit, rich structuring tannins and a long, vibrant finish. This will offer a broad drinking window. (WK)  (1/2019)

92-94 points Vinous

 The 2017 Nuits Saint-Georges Les Roncières 1er Cru has an intriguing bouquet of black cherries and bergamot, a touch of Earl Grey developing with aeration. The palate is defined by its filigreed tannin and crisp line of acidity, gentle in style to the point that you almost miss the backbone on the finish. There is something very natural about this Les Roncières, and it should offer 15 to 20 years of drinking pleasure. (NM)  (1/2019)

93 points John Gilman

 In recent times I have been starting to come around to the conclusion that the Roncières is the most underrated premier cru in the stellar lineup from Domaine Chevillon, as this wine ages beautifully each and every year and turns into one of the most elegant examples of Nuits St. Georges to be found in all the Côte d’Or. The 2017 Roncières is indeed exceptional, and this too may be one of the very finest recent vintages of this bottling, as it offers up a stunning aromatic constellation of red plums, cherries, raw cocoa, chalky soil tones, gamebird, vanillin oak and a nice touch of rose petal in the upper register. On the palate the wine is very pure, very refined and full-bodied, with the vintage’s telltale sappiness on the display in the mid-palate, great focus and grip, suave tannins and a very, very long, complex and utterly refined finish. Do not overlook the 2017 Roncières chez Chevillon, as this wine is great!  (1/2019)

90-93 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 Moderate wood sets off a spicy array that includes plum, violet and a suggestion of lavender. The beautifully vibrant middle weight flavors possess an attractive mouthfeel thanks mainly to the notably fine grained tannins shaping the impressively complex and persistent finish. The wood expressed by the nose does resurface though my sense is that it will ultimately be successfully integrated.  (1/2019)

K&L Notes

90-92 points Jasper Morris, Inside Burgundy: "Middling deep purple, a slightly sterner nose here, youthful fruit, tense stern stuff on the palate too more austerity, I thought, though Bertrand Chevillon finds it deeper and classier, with a nice mineral touch at the back anyway." (1/2019)

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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.


- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them.


- 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.
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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.