A spicy and wonderfully complex nose of red berry liqueur, violets and earth notes, the latter of which continues onto the pure, refined and poised middle weight flavors that possess outstanding balance and excellent length. This is really quite lovely if entirely serious and I admire how fine the tannins are. Note that this will require at least a decade to be at its best. *Outstanding*
Tasted assembled from tank, the Chevillon 2008 Nuits-St.-Georges Les Chaignots broadcasts an alluring aroma of sandalwood, iris, red currant, cherry, and a marine mingling of salt spray and alkali. Bright, buoyant, finely-tannic, and lip-smackingly marked by its marine mineral cast, the fruits of this site-typical Nuits take on an aura of distillate as the wine takes on air, and seem to darken and deepen as well as pick up a flattering hint of caramel from barrel when headed into it long, multi-faceted, and invigorating finish. The persistence of floral inner-mouth perfume, too, is arresting. I’ll admit – as readers may have determined by now – that I’m a sucker for this premier cru, and especially for the bright, elegant, mineral, in certain ways white wine-like cast it exhibits from the 2008 vintage, almost regardless of custodian. So if you’re like me, you might wish to imagine my score a point higher! I’m betting that this beauty will reward more than a decade’s cellaring, but I’d want to enjoy some in its youth and middle age, too. (DS)
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