Decent, but not quite there yet showing from this Chevillon Saturday.
1996 Domaine Robert Chevillon Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru Les Perrières- France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru (9/26/2015)
Shows some earthiness and forest floor on the nose. Still seems primary, but coming along. Palate is marked with the high acid of 96. Upon opening, it’s an almost unpleasant high toned red fruit and tart acid. Opens up nicely with a more rounded red fruit and tertiary flavors. Can’t break this core of tart, very present red fruit. Turns one dimensional. Ideally, not ready yet and a lot of acid here. [/i]
We tasted 96 Chevillon LSG, Vaucrains, and Cailles earlier this year, and none of the wines were as you describe, so perhaps it was one of those odd bottles? ours certainly had acid, but seemed to have begun to turn the corner into “older” wine, and were past the primary stage. all pretty nice, but I think we all preferred the 99’s at this point.
I have had the 96 LSG twice (most recently two years ago and both bottles bought directly from KL upon release and properly stored) and both times it seemed almost too soft altho the more recently consumed bottle from my cellar firmed up during the evening and was a great drink.
Right–the LSG 96’s from Chevillon that I’ve had I wouldn’t have ID’s as 96’s blind–the wine is a bit softer and not so high in acid. I’m not so sure that LSG is my favorite amongst LSG, Vaucrains, and Cailles. (also, about half of the 96 Chevillon LSG’s I’ve been exposed to have been corked. I hope that’s not everyone else’s experience as I just bought a little more).