Jean Chauvenet's wines are considered by many as some of the most elegant and stylish in the whole Nuits-Saint-Georges appellation. While the property borders the far more expensive appellation of Vosne-Romanee, which is only yards away, Chauvenet’s wine are a relative value in the Cote-de-Nuits. Our supplier for Chauvenet, Neal Rosenthal Wines, says this:
“We began our work with Jean Chauvenet, the founder of this domaine, in 1982 and for over twenty years we participated as the exclusive US importer for the estate’s wines and observed with pleasure as Jean Chauvenet and then, his son-in-law, Christophe Drag, built this domaine into one of the most highly respected producers working the vineyards of Nuits-Saint-Georges. Though an unfortunate misunderstanding caused us to part company in 2004, we explored a renewal of the relationship with the domaine in 2014, and the exceptional quality of the wines convinced us to once again represent this classic estate. With no less than seven premier crus complemented by serious Bourgogne Rouge and Villages-level cuvees, the comprehensive scope of vineyard holdings over their 9.5 hectares is among the greatest in the appellation. The wines of Nuits-Saint-Georges are not soft in their youth, but that is the true character of the terroir: robust tannins, dark fruit, and a mineral infusion from the iron-inflected soils that, taken together, can only come from this singular district.”
Chauvenet works organically and the wines are unfined and unfiltered with minimal sulfites added. Average vine age is 55 years. The 2012 Nuit-Saint-Georges 1er Cru Les Damodes we present here is well into its drinking window. The Damodes speaks with finesse and suppleness, there is a punch to the wine but it is enrobed by a velvet glove of more gentle and silky tannins. According to Chauvenet the wine will age well for another ten years. It will go perfectly with meat, game or simply any meal that makes you happy.