Domaine Chevillon-Chezeaux Les Porets Premier Cru Nuits St Georges 2016. A wine of great potential when tasted in February 2020. I would leave Chevillon-Chezeaux Les Porets 2016 wine until after 2025.
In the Chevillon family since 1887 and known as Domaine Chevillon-Chezauex since 2000. Ther currently make wine from 14 appellations in Burgundy. They have a traditional approach, getting the best quality fruit they can. Hand-harvesting, destemming but not crushing the grapes, pre-fermentation soaks, open fermenters, gravity feeds and 12-16 months in mostly old oak.
The main trading town of the Cotes de Nuits the wines here are sturdy. And by sturdy I mean tannic. They have some of the biggest tannins of all the reds with some nice fruit cake-like characters and a limestone core. There are no Grand Crus here but there is some seriously impressive Premier Cru and Village wine to be had.
The classic part of Burgundy known as the Cote D’Or (the slope of gold) is essentially one vineyard that is 60km long and maybe 5km at its widest. From this limestone ridge, some of the most complex, long-lived and aromatic wines are produced from Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The Cistercian monks who owned the land codified the entire region and so each small plot has a name.
This is the most elusive grape. It is relatively early ripening and extremely sensitive to terroir. Its perfect place on earth is the Cote d’Or in Burgundy. So haunting are great red Burgundy’s charms that growers everywhere try to emulate them. Pinot Noir is not just a one-trick pony, it can make great reds, rosé, sparkling and even sweet wines, whites on occasion and I’ve tasted a decent fortified Pinot Noir too.
A seriously delicious vintage. Just there isn’t much of it. Buy from consistently good producers and enjoy them in 7-15 years time.