I think here somewhere it says that the drinking window for this wine is closing this year or next. Not sure about that: I think I opened it too soon. It opened to great potential, but then went into a long uneven stage, changing constantly but never fully balanced. It finally hit that balance with about a glass left in the bottle. Then it did quickly begin to fade, although not an unappealing fade. Anyway, it tastes like the definition of French Burgundy; you would never confuse this with a pinot from anywhere else. It deserves to be paired with food for kings and queens. We had it with a grass-fed steak marinated with this wine, garlic, and spices and then barbequed. Very good combo, but I wonder if something more truly Burgundian would have been better.
Always sad to see the last bottle go but drank well with the Christmas turkey - possibly beginning to fade gently away into a soft brambly fruit cocktail losing some of its earthy complexities but Chevillon wine very rarely disappoints and this one certainly did not
Open nose offers chunky aromas of earth, beets, blood and spice. The palate is a nice balance between fruit and soil with the structure to suggest that this wine will age longer. I did detect a slight dry note on the back side of the finish. While I'm not a fan of Chevillon in general as the wines tend to be too rustic for my taste this wine is a success and has enough finese and fruit to hold my interest. I think it is drinking well now and showcases the '99 vintage well.
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