We have a few more cases of this one due to arrive next month, and it is a fantastic example of Chevillon with age from a great vintage. Some of the only bottles available in the world right now, it is a wine that can be enjoyed now and is entering a prime spot for drinking. At the time it was one of the best examples of Roncieres that Burghound had ever tried. Great pricing here on a ready-to-go Red Burgundy Premier Cru from a top producer like Chevillon; you can't go wrong here.
We were to source some back vintage bottles of Chevillon from the excellent 2009 vintage. While the Roncieres isn't one of Chevillons most sought-after bottles, it has become a noteworthy part of the Chevillon lineup, and 2009 was a year that set the Roncieres apart from previous vintages as one of Chevillons best of all time.
The vineyard is very small at only one hectare, with only a handful of producers bottling a Roncieres each vintage. In turn, this makes the quantity of production very low and is much more limited than bottles like Vaucrains and Les St. Georges. Roncieres is located on the midslope between Pruliers and Les Porrets St. Georges, putting it in good company with its classic limestone soils. Vines here in 2009 would have been around 40, and it is one of the steepest vineyards that Chevillon cultivates at a 20% slope compared to Les St. Georges, which is only 8%.
This 2009 came directly from the Chevillon cellars, and while backward on release, the 13 years of age has put it in an excellent spot for drinking now but still has a very long life ahead thanks to the beauty of the vintage. As Gilman notes below, it is one of the unsung heroes of Chevillon's lineup, with Burghound also saying it was the best cask samples of Roncieres that he ever tasted from Chevillon. The 2009 Roncieres is on par with some of the best Nuit St George wines of the vintage, and at the moment, we have some of the only bottles available in the world.
John Gilman 92+ points! With each passing year I have become more and more of a fan of the Chevillon Roncières, which I think is one of the great, unsung wines in the cellars here. The 2009 version is stunning, as it soars from the glass in a very deep, pure and sappy mélange of red and black cherries, nuts, cocoa, great soil tones and vanillin oak. On the palate the wine is full-bodied, very pure and vibrant on the attack, with great mid-palate depth, very refined tannins, tangy acids and great length and grip on the superb finish. A dynamite bottle in the making. (Drink between 2020-2045)"
Burghound 90-93 points! "Moderate wood influence does not unduly hamper the attractiveness of the otherwise fresh and bright earthy and high-toned red pinot fruit suffused nose. The rich and solidly structured medium-bodied flavors possess copious amounts of mid-palate sap, which is a good thing because the impressively persistent finish is firm to the point of being chewy. This is potentially the best example of the Chevillon Roncières that I have ever seen from cask though note that patience will be required."