Spotlight on Red Burgundy: Robert Chevillon Nuits Saint Georges 1er Cru “Les Saint Georges” 2007
The king of Nuits Saint Georges is the vineyard that gave the village its name: Les Saint Georges. Wines from this premier cru stand well above the other premier crus in this village and some argue it should be elevated to Grand Cru status. Robert Chevillon is one of Nuits’ top producers and makes an outstanding version of Les Saint Georges from his parcel of 75 year old vines.
The Story of Saint Georges
Originally Nuits was a roman villa that passed through aristocratic hands to a monastery and eventually became a village in the medieval period. It was in the 11th century during the medieval era that the vineyard of St. Georges was established as part of the chapel of Saint-Denis de Vergy. It was a “clos” and by the early 19th century was very highly regarded (apparently considered the equal of Romanees, Richebourg and La Tache), though that reputation diminished as time went on.
Located next to Les Porrets (the vineyard of the Gouges I recently reviewed), Les Saint Georges sits south of the village. The vineyard has the most complex soil structure in Nuits St Georges and includes three types of Bathonian limestone. The soils are stony and thus drain well, and are topped with clay. The vineyard is known to produce complete, complex wines.
Robert Chevillon is one of the most consistent domaines in Burgundy and has a large range of wines from Nuits St. Georges, which is its sole focus. They release 8 premier crus from the village and own 13ha of vineyards. The vinification approach involves some stem inclusion, cold maceration and approximately 30% new wood.
This 2007 Les St. Georges is magnificent wine. Very rich and complex, I loved the game, spice, strawberry and blackberry intensity on the nose and palate. This is powerful, but complete wine with incredible density and structure through the finish. Of particular note was the massive mid-palate, which had more weight than I’ve experienced in a very long time from Pinot Noir. While stunning right now, this wine will continue to improve and is in the upper level of red Burgundy.
~$100 at Vinopolis, Portland