TN: 1996 Domaine Robert Chevillon Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru Les Perrières

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]

Posted from CellarTracker

Is the acidity ever going to dial down? I struggle with this issue. Unlike tannins I do not see how or why the wine would mellow out.

I hear you. I don’t mean to suggest that acid is going anywhere, but there’s a lack of secondary development that’s making it seem like a one dimensional acid bomb.
And I am a fan of 96 and acid.

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.

Thanks for the info John.
That’s what I expected, but did not get. Maybe Perrieres coming along more slowly, or my bottle is off a bit. I don’t know the differences in the four from Chevillon to know.

Thanks for the note Dennis.
I have the LSG on deck for tomorrow night.

I’m looking forward to it, and I’ve already put my tasting note on CT.

We had the Vaucrains 1996 earlier this year. Better than nice; I had to go out and buy more.

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).