This was a total headturner and my WOTN amongst some big hitters like a '95 Haut Brion. This one btl is the poster btl for great Burgundy with significant blt age. It also continues to confirm why Robert Chevillon is one of my top 5 producer in all of Burgundy. This had amazing depth on a lovely evolved silky but fresh frame.
Tasted with Scott Roddy, who graciously shared this bottle with me. Wow!, what a wonderful deep red hazy color. Very natural looking. On the nose a very sure mushroom smell. Not strong or in your face, more like walking through the forest and smelling a fresh patch of them just up ahead. Also hints of forest, maybe in Autumn. Nice strawberry and red fruit nose. The taste is rich and elegant. Incredible smoothness and a long finish. A very nuanced wine, I wish I had cases. Man, the Chevillons I have had lately have been very impressive.
The mushroom medley in particular was a match made in heaven for the Chevillon, which is clearly in its window of maturity, albeit the early side of that window. Everything about this wine is redolent of forest floor, underbrush, and black soil and marries superbly with those mushrooms, as Burgundy always does. The color is still impressively deep, but on the palate the toughness of the Nuits briar patch has melted away, leaving a suave wine painted partially in primary flavors and partially in secondary ones. This one is clearly from a ripe year, but it is nowhere as muddled as many 1990's; what it may lack in ultimate focus and clarity is more than compensated for by the sheer stylishness of this juice. Lovely, typical Les Cailles from Chevillon; drink from now until 2015 at least.
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