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2018 Nuits-Saint-Georges 1er Cru “Les Bousselots”

Domaine Robert Chevillon
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Happy days in Burgundy, this vintage was! The seasons were ideal—no spring frosts, no summer hail, no heat waves, no disease, beautiful harvest, no sorting, strong yields, great concentration, full wineries, happy vignerons, and happy clients! That’s quite a list. The 2018 vintage was certainly the last time in Burgundy you could tick off all those boxes (though fingers are crossed for 2022, which, as of this writing, is so far so good).
    I would go big on the 2018s—classic Burgundy and, more specifically here, classic Chevillon (speak to one of our friendly staff for more 2018 Chevillon selections). Their 2018 Bousselots has an inviting earthiness, a chewy texture, and a long, perfumed finish. It’s still delicate, a bit reserved, and yet leaves little doubt of the greatness to come. 

Anthony Lynch

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Technical Information
Wine Type: red
Vintage: 2018
Bottle Size: 750mL
Blend: Pinot Noir
Appellation: Nuits-Saint-Georges
Country: France
Region: Burgundy
Producer: Domaine Robert Chevillon
Winemaker: Bertrand and Denis Chevillon
Vineyard: 46 years, .65 ha
Soil: Gravel, Limestone, Clay, Silt
Farming: Lutte Raisonnée
Alcohol: 13.5%

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About The Region

Burgundy

map of Burgundy

In eastern central France, Burgundy is nestled between the wine regions of Champagne to the north, the Jura to the east, the Loire to the west, and the Rhône to the south. This is the terroir par excellence for producing world-class Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.

The southeast-facing hillside between Dijon in the north and Maranges in the south is known as the Côte d’Or or “golden slope.” The Côte d’Or comprises two main sections, both composed of limestone and clay soils: the Côte de Nuits in the northern sector, and the Côte de Beaune in the south. Both areas produce magnificent whites and reds, although the Côte de Beaune produces more white wine and the Côte de Nuits more red.

Chablis is Burgundy’s northern outpost, known for its flinty and age-worthy Chardonnays planted in Kimmeridgian limestone on an ancient seabed. Vézelay is a smaller area south of Chablis with similar qualities, although the limestone there is not Kimmeridgian.

To the south of the Côte de Beaune, the Côte Chalonnaise extends from Chagny on its northern end, down past Chalon-sur-Saône and encompasses the appellations of Bouzeron in the north, followed by Rully, Mercurey, Givry, and Montagny.

Directly south of the Chalonnaise begins the Côte Mâconnais, which extends south past Mâcon to the hamlets of Fuissé, Vinzelles, Chaintré, and Saint-Véran. The Mâconnais is prime Chardonnay country and contains an incredible diversity of soils.

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Inspiring Thirst

A good doctor prescribed the wine of Nuits-Saint-Georges to the Sun King, Louis XIV, when he suffered an unknown maladie. When the king’s health was restored the tasty remedy enjoyed a vogue at court. Lord, send me a doctor like that!

Inspiring Thirst, page 117

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