The fruit is starting to fade into the background here, but it's not closed yet because even though it's showing its bones it is still exhibiting a whole lot of personality. At first it was hard to say which was more powerful, the rocky earthiness or the savory, cured-meat character which was almost reminiscent of a Hermitage. With time to breathe both elements harmonize with the fruit, which fleshes out and sweetens up into a dark-complexioned, plum-tinged melange of pure Nuits. It still doesn't have the saturation to be confused for a 2009 or 2010, at least not at the moment, but it's nice to catch this while it still has so much going on and even with the structure poking through to the foreground, there is nothing about this that makes it tough to drink. To the contrary it's hard to resist sip after sip.
Iron, minerals, and earth. Lovely open nose, has great depth of flavor but retains elegance and lightness. Still a touch tart and tannic, hopefully will improve with age, but still quite lovely right now.
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(Domaine Robert Chevillon Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru Les Chaignots) Dark cherry red color; raspberry, roses, tart cherry nose; tart cherry, tart raspberry, roses, mineral palate, needs 3-plus years; medium-plus finish 91+ points
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