While they possess small holdings in Vosne-Romanée, including the great “Suchots” 1er Cru and Romanée-Saint-Vivant Grand Cru, Domaine de l'Arlot are most famous for their Nuits-Saint-Georges Monopole 1er Cru "Clos des Forêts Saint-Georges”. Winemaker Geraldine Godot has taken these wines to new heights in recent years, producing wines of fullness, purity and excellent balance. We have their terrific 2016s on offer plus a handful of 2015s re-released from the Domaine.
I am actually thrilled with the quality of the resulting wines - Geraldine Godot, winemaker at Domaine de l'Arlot
2015 Nuits-Saint-Georges "Mont des Oiseaux” 1er Cru - $179
6 Bottles Available
Unfortunately, there was no 2016 of this wine as there was simply not enough fruit to produce this separate cuvée. However, last year l’Arlot took the decision to hold back a parcel of the 2015 to re-offer their clients with the 2016 releases. From the vines at the very top of Clos de l’Arlot, that has a particular terroir, steeper and with a blend of white and pink limestone and chalky clay soils. In fact, the terroir here resembles the La Gerbotte site and the vines ripen a few days earlier than their counterparts at the clay-rich, bottom sector of the Clos. The fruit here was fully destemmed, the only 2015 red cuvée to be afforded such treatment, but it remains racy and fresh with vibrant raspberry, red cherry and Asian spice notes and a racy, crunchy close. By the way, the name of the cuvée is taken from the path that runs through the Domaine’s enchanting gardens at the rear of the property.
“The expressive nose is at once more elegant, spicier and more complex with its layered array of red and dark currant liqueur scents that enjoy a floral top note. The rich, concentrated and vibrant yet refined flavors are also quite suave and seductively textured while offering a harmonious, persistent and moderately firm finale. In short, this is a lovely effort that could be enjoyable young but it should also repay up to a decade of cellaring.” - 91 points, Allen Meadows, BurgHound ♥
“A whiff of (good) reduction. On the palate the full force of ripe raspberries and red, juicy cherries is unleashed. This is full of charm and joy. The abundance of perfectly countered by fresh acidity. Slender, precious, full of joy.” - 93 points, The World of Fine Wine, Issue #55
2016 Nuits-Saint-Georges "Clos des Forêts Saint Georges” 1er Cru - $235
8 Bottles Available
Note: The Clos des Forêts Saint Georges covers the entire geological range of the slopes of Nuits Saint Georges: Ladoix limestone at the bottom, Premeaux limestone in the middle, and white oolite limestone in the upper part, with a marked presence of ochre silt in some places. This Clos is planted entirely to Pinot Noir.
This is 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). At 7.2 hectares, Clos des Forêts Saint-Georges is by far the largest single parcel in the l’Arlot stable and produces the Estate’s most profound red wine. Running the entire band of the Côte, from the forest to the RN74, Clos des Forêts contains three distinct terroirs which l’Arlot pick and vinify separately. From top to bottom these are; a band of white oolitic limestone with very little topsoil; then a fracture in the middle of the vineyard, where pink Premeaux limestone takes over; and then ‘younger’ Ladoix limestone and more clay at the bottom of the slope. A portion of the youngest vines were previously harvested for the now defunct ‘Petits Plets’ cuvée. These have now come of age (they are over 30 years old!) and so form a part of this cuvée. This is the deepest, most intense red in the l’Arlot stable and one that dips into the dark-fruited, meaty, earthy, inky power of this terroir. Clos des Forêts was at the epicentre of the frost damage in 2016—the crop was 70% lower than normal—and while you can appreciate the density of fleshy black cherry, damson fruit and ripe tannins, Godot has also coaxed out some lovely floral complexity, terrific freshness and finesse. As with the Clos de l’Arlot, Forêts was vinified with 50% whole-bunches and 50% new oak.
"Here too the nose is overtly floral in character though relative to the Suchots the dark berry fruit aromas are much earthier and decidedly less spicy. The sleekly muscular, intense and broad-shouldered flavors possess outstanding mid-palate density and power before culminating in a robust, firmly structured and wonderfully complex finale. This is a classically styled Nuits that is definitely built-to-age and one that is definitely going to need it.” - 92 points, Allen Meadows, BurgHound ♥
“The 2016 Nuits St Georges 1er Cru Clos des Forêts St-Georges includes 50% whole cluster with 50% new oak. This has the most precise bouquet from Domaine de l’Arlot this year: exquisite scents of wild strawberry, cranberry, wild hedgerow and just a hint of graphite. It feels tightly wound at first but gathers pace with aeration in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin. This feels crisp and linear, and there's good depth of flavor as this gently grips the mouth. Red fruit dovetail into black toward the graphite-tinged finish, the persistence very long. There is palpable energy in situ that should see it age for two decades.” 93-95 points, Neal Martin, The Wine Advocate, Issue #234
2015 Nuits-Saint-Georges "Clos des Forêts Saint Georges” 1er Cru - $235
6 Bottles Available
“As is usually the case this is much earthier and more sauvage with its more deeply pitched aromas of various dark berry fruit, plum, floral and discreet humus nuances that are trimmed in enough wood to remark upon. There is notably more size, weight and power present to the markedly rich big-bodied flavors that are at once seductive yet quite serious on the clearly built-to-age finish. Highly recommended.” - 94 points, Allen Meadows, BurgHound ♥
“The 2015 Nuits Saint-Georges 1er Cru Clos des Fôrets Saint Georges includes around 55% whole bunch and is actually a blend of six different cuvées. What is interesting is that the whole bunch contribution is far less tangible in this compared to the Clos de l'Arlot. It is very well defined, quite sensual in style with very pure red berry fruit. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin: tart red cherry fruit, wild strawberry, saline in the mouth with a sappy finish that keeps drawing you back in. This is an outstanding contribution to the vintage, courtesy of winemaker Géraldine Godot.” - 93-95 points, Neal Martin, The Wine Advocate, Issue #228
2016 Vosne Romanée "Les Suchots” 1er Cru - $330
4 Bottles Available
Domaine de l’Arlot also produces a tiny amount of Vosne. This wine, first made in 1998, is crafted from less than a hectare of vines planted in 1950. These are situated in the part of Les Suchots just below the northern slice of Richebourg. It’s a parcel heavily affected by millerandage, a condition that brings tiny bunches and berries—welcomed by quality-minded producers for the intensity such fruit gifts. There was next to no frost in Suchots and the 2016 was entirely vinified with whole-bunches and raised in 50% new barrels. Always a wine that is more about finesse than power, the ’16’s vivid, pretty personality sits in stark contrast the to the swashbuckling Nuits cuvées. It’s a stunning, wonderfully formed wine that’s asking for at least five years in the cellar. Lots of energy, red-fruited, floral and with a long, mineral close. The note below captures it well.
"An exuberantly spicy nose flashes notes of Asian-style tea, black cherry and sandalwood, all of which is trimmed in noticeable oak influence. Here too there is a lovely texture to the equally succulent, round and sappy flavors that coat the palate and particularly so on the moderately austere and slightly warm finale that displays sneaky good length. This impressive effort is shaped by fine-grained tannins and overall, this is very Vosne in style.” - 91 points, Allen Meadows, BurgHound ♥
“The 2016 Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru Les Suchots includes 100% whole cluster with 50% new oak. It has a refined, elegant, mild-mannered bouquet with pure raspberry preserve, cranberry and subtle tobacco scents that unroll with aeration, though never quite delivering the opulence synonymous with the premier cru. The palate is medium-bodied with a gentle but insistent grip on the entry. In some ways, the whole bunch addition lends this structure and shifts it toward, say, a Malconsorts in style (not to suggest that is necessarily a bad thing!). Linear and precise, it will require 7 to 10 years in bottle to really show its best. The bottom line is that this is one of the finest Les Suchots that I tasted in 2016.” - 93-95 points, Neal Martin, The Wine Advocate, Issue #234
2016 de l’Arlot Romanee St Vivant Grand Cru - $1090
2 Bottles Available
Note: from a .25 ha parcel that was planted in 1973 - an average vintage produces 3 barrels
In 1991, l’Arlot were able to purchase a few rows of Romanée-Saint-Vivant in the Clos des Quatre Journaux terroir—the ‘island’ situated below La Romanée-Conti. It’s a jewel of a plot, 24 rows over a tiny 0.25-ha parcel that was planted in 1973. It produces, on average, only three barrels of wine and the average Bibendum allocation is 12-18 bottles! This was vinified with 100% whole bunches in a new 15-hectolitre wooden fermenter, the élevage took place in one-, two- and three-year-old barrels to reduce the wood influence. The less we say the better.
Once again there is a subtle touch of wood evident on the ripe and almost ostentatiously spicy and floral-inflected nose of violet, lavender, clove and red cherry scents. There is impressive concentration to the middle weight plus flavors that brim with dry extract that imparts a seductive mouthfeel as well as buffers the borderline robust tannins shaping the wonderfully persistent finish. This is a big RSV and like the Forêts St. Georges, a wine that is going to require extended keeping. - 93 points, Allen Meadows, BurgHound
Wild aromas of boysenberry, cassis, violet, coffee and cocoa powder. Intensely flavored and sappy but very tightly wound, conveying a strong impression of structure to its slightly tart flavors of cranberry and flowers. This big boy is going to require extended cellaring to absorb its serious tannins. I may be underestimating its potential today. - 92-94 Stephen Tanzer, Vinous
To purchase any of the wines in today's offer, please give us a call on 07 3252 1117 or email Brent Williamson at firstname.lastname@example.org. Prices valid from 28.11.19 to 05.12.19.