For the longest time, the Chevillons were the equivalent of sharecroppers, farming vines they didn't own and selling the fruit to local négociants. Maurice Chevillon, Robert's father, eventually purchased a three hectare vineyard in Nuits-Saint-Georges, and began harvesting his own grapes. Robert Joined him in 1968, and finally, in the late '70s they began to bottle and sell their own wines. Today, Domaine Robert Chevillon is one of the top two producers in Nuits-Saint-Georges, along with Henri Gouges.
Robert's sons, Bertrand and Denis now manage the estate's 32 acre vineyard, offering a slew of premier crus. These wines are supple, fruit-driven, impeccably balanced and rarely hard in their youth. Unusual for Burgundy, the philosophy at Chevillon is to the let the vines continue to produce until they expire naturally, the older vines producing more concentrated fruit. It's not uncommon for vines here to be 70 to 80 years old.