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#1 Post by John Morris » January 24th, 2018, 7:32 pm

Decanted about 90 minutes ahead and consumed over three hours with pork shoulder braised with root vegetables -- a great match.

I wasn't sure what to expect. I've seen a lot of posts about '01 Burgundies being shut down. This bottle offers a lot, even though it's nowhere near it's apogee.

On the nose, there's an earthy, parched dirt smell -- complex and intriguing. It reminded me of top-flight aged sangiovese. Some dried strawberry notes, along with a trace of VA (two people at the table were extremely sensitive to VA and fastened on that immediately, though for me it's an incidental element). Four hours after decanting, some alcohol shows on the nose and on the palate.

There's a great backbone of acidity here, but with a lot of fruit. Dried cherries, someone said aptly. If I'd tasted this blindly, I think I might have guessed a top Chianti of a similar age, or a very elegant Brunello (e.g., the best Mastrojannis). The grapes plainly did not want for sun -- there's a caressing warmth that is surprising in a Burgundy.

Dried sour cherries on the finish, with a strong acid streak ("beams of acid," Galloni would say) -- like someone softly drawing their nails down your back.

Scoring it. I started out at 90-ish, but after hours in the glass, it was at 94.7 points when last measured, and rising. With air it both opens up and, paradoxically, shows more of its stern Nuits masculinity.

Chevillon has a knack for melding the virility of Nuit with elegance. This wine really showcases that, as filtered through the fruit of a warm year. It was no crime to open it tonight, but I won't be digging out my remaining bottles anytime soon, for this promises a lot more with time.
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#2 Post by PCLIN » January 24th, 2018, 8:30 pm

Thanks for the note. I like the 94.7 point thingy, gave me a chuckle.

Didn’t buy Ronciere for this vintage but have some Vaucrains and LSG hiding somewhere.
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#3 Post by Lee Short » January 24th, 2018, 8:32 pm

I had a bottle last year, and resolved to let the remaining bottles sit for a while. It was a pleasant drink, but your bottle sounds a bit more open than mine was.

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#4 Post by John Morris » January 24th, 2018, 8:38 pm

PCLIN wrote:Thanks for the note. I like the 94.7 point thingy, gave me a chuckle.
Dan Kravitz is in the inspiration. Plus, people seem to get very aggravated if you assign 93 points to a wine, so I figured I better steer clear of that score. [wink.gif]
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#5 Post by Jeremy C » January 24th, 2018, 8:41 pm

John Morris wrote:
PCLIN wrote:Thanks for the note. I like the 94.7 point thingy, gave me a chuckle.
Dan Kravitz is in the inspiration. Plus, people seem to get very aggravated if you assign 93 points to a wine, so I figured I better steer clear of that score. [wink.gif]
That's funny. And thanks for the note. Chevillon regularly performs well for my taste.
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#6 Post by Robert Pavlovich » January 24th, 2018, 9:27 pm

2001 Roumier Bonne Mares and Dujac Clos St. Denis were shut pretty tight last week.

Village and most 1ers figure to have much better luck.

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#7 Post by john stimson » January 24th, 2018, 10:10 pm

I think 99 is one of the slowest damn vintages to come around. I've had ready 01, 02, and enjoyable 05 Chevillon, but as with a number of other producers, the 99's are sort of in and out. Most come around with plenty of air, but patience is not a bad approach.

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#8 Post by john stimson » January 24th, 2018, 10:20 pm

john stimson wrote:I think 99 is one of the slowest damn vintages to come around. I've had ready 01, 02, and enjoyable 05 Chevillon, but as with a number of other producers, the 99's are sort of in and out. Most come around with plenty of air, but patience is not a bad approach.
oops. Must be too late on a very busy, overloaded day/night. I read this as 99. 2001's for me for a number of years have been in and out as well on a number of producers, seeming to never quite get there in terms of maturity. plenty of air seems to help a lot, but not surprised of the showing.

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#9 Post by Dennis Atick » January 25th, 2018, 3:24 am

Thanks, John. Good info.
I was 94.25 on this one, so I guess we mostly agree :)
I've yet to be wowed by the couple '01s I've recently had, including Chevillons. Similar to what John said above.
Maybe I'll check back on some soon.
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#10 Post by Jayson Cohen » January 25th, 2018, 5:34 am

I think this thread orgiginally said it was about 1999 and John corrected it. Is that right?

2001 Chevillon Cailles was singing for a few folks here last summer, a notch above the 1996 that same night.

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#11 Post by Neal.Mollen » January 25th, 2018, 5:37 am

John Morris wrote:
PCLIN wrote:Thanks for the note. I like the 94.7 point thingy, gave me a chuckle.
Dan Kravitz is in the inspiration. Plus, people seem to get very aggravated if you assign 93 points to a wine, so I figured I better steer clear of that score. [wink.gif]
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#12 Post by Robert.A.Jr. » January 25th, 2018, 5:57 am

The FBI is on the 13th floor of my high-rise. True.

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#13 Post by Neal.Mollen » January 25th, 2018, 5:59 am

Robert Alfert, Jr. wrote:The FBI is on the 13th floor of my high-rise. True.
Or are they? Maybe they just tell you its the 13th floor.
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#14 Post by Ramon C » January 25th, 2018, 6:24 am

Somehow, a 2001 Chevillon Vaucrains ended up with me after a multiple-producer in a case purchase that was split among 3 people. It's a single bottle and I thought I'd drink it anytime soon, and so I never sent it to my offsite storage, but it had occupied a precious slot in my small home wine unit over the last 10 years+.

I suspect it's still not the best time to drink it yet?
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#15 Post by John Morris » January 25th, 2018, 6:56 am

Jayson Cohen wrote:I think this thread orgiginally said it was about 1999 and John corrected it. Is that right?
Correct. So you were not hallucinating, John.
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#16 Post by John Morris » January 25th, 2018, 6:57 am

Neal.Mollen wrote:
John Morris wrote:
PCLIN wrote:Thanks for the note. I like the 94.7 point thingy, gave me a chuckle.
Dan Kravitz is in the inspiration. Plus, people seem to get very aggravated if you assign 93 points to a wine, so I figured I better steer clear of that score. [wink.gif]
It's like the 13th floor. Just avoid.
I can't. I live on the 13th floor and drank this Chevillon on the 13th floor.
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#17 Post by Jay Miller » January 25th, 2018, 8:03 am

I had some very good experiences with 2001 in the last year. Much better than 1999.
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#18 Post by Nathan V. » January 25th, 2018, 8:14 am

Jayson Cohen wrote:I think this thread orgiginally said it was about 1999 and John corrected it. Is that right?

2001 Chevillon Cailles was singing for a few folks here last summer, a notch above the 1996 that same night.
I've always really liked that vintage of Cailles. So much so that I think I only have 1 bottle left.
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#19 Post by D@vid Bu3ker » January 25th, 2018, 9:08 am

Thanks John.

I will leave my 2001 Vaucrains right where they are for a while longer.
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#20 Post by William Kelley » January 25th, 2018, 9:41 am

The 2001 Chevillon LSG is also drinking superbly right now!

It surpassed a Rousseau CSJ from the same year side by side in November.
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#21 Post by john stimson » January 25th, 2018, 12:22 pm

John Morris wrote:
Jayson Cohen wrote:I think this thread orgiginally said it was about 1999 and John corrected it. Is that right?
Correct. So you were not hallucinating, John.
Thanks. I thought I was losing it there for a while.

When on, I've often preferred the 2001 Chevillon's to the 2002's. Sometimes the 02's seem a little too ripe and all about fruit, whereas the 2001 have more complexity. Of course, could just be a phase with regard to the 02's.

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#22 Post by PCLIN » January 25th, 2018, 4:36 pm

William Kelley wrote:The 2001 Chevillon LSG is also drinking superbly right now!

It surpassed a Rousseau CSJ from the same year side by side in November.

Now that’s interesting, makes me want to bring out the case soon. Thanks.
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#23 Post by Lee Short » June 10th, 2019, 10:40 pm

Had a bottle of this on Sunday with chicken and morels in vin rouge over brown rice (rather than the classical vin jaune, and bread). Decanted 15 minutes before serving, and was fantastic from the start. Faded a wee bit after several hours, but was still quite fine. If the Roncieres is this good, can't wait to try one of my LSG.

I had another bottle over the winter, with a couple of other 01 Nuits. The Mugneret-Gibourg Chaignots was first, and was the prettiest of the wines, and had the least stuffing. But such finesse. Then came the Roncieres. IIRC, that bottle needed a bit more time to show well than Sunday's bottle did. But not as much time as the final wine, the Gouges Clos des Porrets. If I had any of those, I would wait 3 years, or perhaps more.

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#24 Post by John Morris » June 11th, 2019, 6:13 am

Thanks for the update, Lee. Note that I decanted mine ahead and it was consumed over a very leisurely evening. That may account for why it was more open.
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