The 2016 Chaignots chez Chevillon has turned out brilliantly this year and is one of the best young vintages of this cuvée that I have tasted in several years. The bouquet is pure and simply stunning, delivering a marvelous blend of sappy plums and black cherries, raw cocoa, a superb base of soil tones, pigeon and a deft touch of vanillin oak. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and very pure on the attack, with a sappy core, great backend mineral drive, suave tannins and a long, focused and perfectly balanced finish. A stunning young Nuits.
A more deeply pitched nose offers up notes of plum, dark raspberry and more evident earth and spice influences. The sleek and mineral-inflected flavors possess a lovely underlying tension while delivering fine depth and persistence on the firm, moderately austere and balanced finale.
The 2016 Nuits Saint-Georges 1er Cru Les Chaignots has wonderful purity on the nose, a serious step up from the village cru this year—bright red cherry and bergamot scents pouring from the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin, bright red cherry and wild strawberry fruit and impressive tension. This is like a coiled spring. Matured in two year oak, it manages to attain a sensuality that is already very engaging. Very fine. (NM)
The Chaignots is attractive in 2016, its aromas of cassis, myrtille and game bird framed by a creamy application of spicy new oak. On the palate the wine is supple, rich and full-bodied, with good energy and a deep, sapid core of fruit. (WK)
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