The Clos de l'Arlot blanc comes from a pair of small, 50-year-old parcels on the steepest, rockiest section of this monopole vineyard; a plot with a greater proportion of limestone bedrock that is the hardest to cultivate. Our allocation reflects the tiny production. Barrel-fermented with just a hint of new oak, the style is markedly old school (in the best sense): pure and racy, with layers of mouth-watering fruit and a long, spicy, citrussy finish. Géraldine Godot thinks, with age, the wine takes on a Bâtard-Montrachet-like personality. Alongside Tim Atkin's 'mini-Corton-Charlemagne " comment, that makes two grand cru references for this year's release. - Importer Note
Domaine de l'Arlot, with its hillside vineyards and 19th century gardens, has what many consider to be the most beautiful estate in Burgundy. Since the late 1980s this producer has also been responsible for some of the prettiest red Burgundies going around. The perfume, silkiness and flickering clarity of these wines is born of the l'Arlot vineyards, and the Prémeaux terroir in general. Prémeaux has always stood apart from the rest of Nuits-Saint-Georges and made wines that are altogether more fine and elegant than those produced further North, around the town itself. L'Arlot brings the finesse of this terroir to the fore with their approach to wine growing and élevage. Biodynamic farming, perfect, well-sorted fruit, gentle extraction and whole bunch use, all play their part. Every step, from vineyard to bottle, is tailored to underline purity and finesse.
2014 was Jacques Devauges's last year as winemaker, (before he was headhunted by the great Sylvain Pitiot for the role of Clos du Tart's new régisseur), and Géraldine Godot's first. The pair worked together at harvest time, with Géraldine assuming control over the élevage prior to bottling. To her credit, Godot refuses to accept any plaudits for the quality of Arlot's '14 wines. The plaudits can wait. Thanks to the brilliance of Arlot's 2015s there will be plenty of those coming Godot's way. The energy and dynamism Géraldine Godot is bringing to Domaine de l'Arlot is palpable. Whilst retaining the core values of l'Arlot, with next year's release we are going to see a number of changes to the line-up.
- Importer Note
|Product Type||Wine White Chardonnay|
|Winemaking Practices||Minimal Intervention|