La Gerbotte is the southern-most terroir in Arlot's monopole 1er Cru vineyard Clos de l'Arlot. Situated behind the main house and bordering Mugnier's Clos de la Maréchale, it's a slightly cooler site because it doesn't get the early morning sun. The vines here are 22 years old and include about 4% Pinot Beurot (Pinot Gris). Although this wine could be legally labelled as 1er cru, the Estate classifies it as villages and will continue to do so until the vines reach 'full maturity' in another decade or so. This fact, combined with the quality in the glass, make La Gerbotte a terrific value white Burgundy. Whole bunch pressed and barrel fermented using wild yeasts,Devauges raised the 2013 for a year in barrel, followed by five months in tank. Unfortunately, we received only two cases! Unfortunately, because it's just so damn delicious; a pulpy fruited white Burgundy with stone fruit and white floral notes shot through with rocky structure and the fresh acidity of the vintage. - 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|