Robert Parker 91
Tasted blind at the annual “Burgfest” tasting in Beaune. The 2012 Nuits St Georges 1er Cru Les Cailles from Chevillon has a very attractive nose with pastille-like blackcurrant and dark plum fruit, fine mineralité and tension, the oak very nicely integrated. The palate is medium-bodied with tannins that lightly grip, a little saline in the mouth and with good substance (despite just a patina of reduction.) There is clearly good extraction here, but there is no astringency. It just lacks a little persistence on the finish, eschewing that peacock’s tail that would have completed the wine. Maybe that will develop with continued bottle age?
Anticipated maturity: 2017-2032
Bright, deep red. Pungent crushed-stone minerality accents musky black cherry and red berries on the almost liqueur-like nose. Juicy, supple and energetic on the palate, communicating a sappy, youthfully imploded character and a magically light touch for such a rich wine. The tactile, slowly building finish saturates the mouth with red fruits and crushed stone. Great potential here.