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Domaine de lArlot Nuits Saint Georges Clos des Forets 1er Rouge 2014

Domaine de lArlot Nuits Saint Georges Clos des Forets 1er Rouge 2014

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Tasting Notes

This is one of the two great monopole vineyards at the core of this Domaine and it is also one of the great terroirs of Nuits, made clear by its position so close to Les Saint Georges (and its name which reflects this proximity)Until the 2015 vintage, Arlot have only used vines planted before 1982 (and going back to the early 1950s) for this bottling. These older, biodynamically-tended vines are divided amongst three terroirs, which are vinified in six parcels subject to soil type*. This is, as always, the deepest, most intense red in the Arlot stable (the Domaine show this wine last, save for the RSV) and one that perfectly showcases the firm, dark fruited, meaty richness typical of this terroir. Fermented with 50% whole bunches and raised with 50% new oak this is already showing great poise with deep blackcurrant and inky fruit, a pulpy mid palate and fine, minerally tannins. Deep, yet with terrific finesse. - 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 Red Pinot Noir
Vintage 2014
Volume 750ml
Country France
Region Burgundy
Winemaking Practices Minimal Intervention
Vineyard Practices Organic/Biodynamic