Wine publications typically refer to Pinot Noir as a grape producing light-bodied wines, a gross generalization that trivializes vintage variation and altogether ignores the nuances conferred by terroir. Precisely, here is a big, deep, and structured Pinot Noir from Aloxe-Corton that is completely saturated with flavor and structure. The generous, robust 2015 vintage certainly bears some responsibility, but even in lighter years, the premier cru Les Vercots—a plot with a rugged soil of thick clay and rocks—gives brawny wines of serious density. Tightly knit with healthy acidity and chewy tannins, this full-bodied Pinot Noir demands a bit of cellaring to unravel, and it will greatly reward those who wait.
Veritable Nuits-Saint-Georges specialists, the Chevillon brothers farm no less than eight distinct premiers crus evenly distributed throughout all four corners of this prestigious appellation. Les Bousselots lies in the commune’s northern sector, in the direction of Vosne-Romanée; the resulting wine therefore hints at the aromatic delicacy typical of Vosne—almost exotic in its spiced bouquet, overlaid with opulent fruit of velvety refinement. One of the first Chevillon reds to reveal its secrets, this perfumed gem is already open and giving, showing the suave, fragrant qualities that drive Burgundy lovers mad.