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Domaine de L'Arlot 'Clos des Forets' 1er Cru, Nuits Saint Georges, Burgundy 2018

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Domaine de L'Arlot 2018 "Clos des Forets" Nuits Saint Georges 1er Cru, Burgundy, France

Farming: Biodynamic

Name of Winemaker/Chef du Cave:  Géraldine Godot

Grape Varieties: Pinot Noir

Soil Type: 7.2 HS monopole of the domaine. 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 vineyard produces Pinot Noir of power, and benefits from some cellaring before enjoying.

Vinification/Oak Usage: Native yeast fermentation. Minimal pumping over and punching down to preserve a hands-off approach. 

Aging:  Aging lasts on average 15 months in oak barrels, with approximately 45% new barrels, and 3 months in vats before bottling.

Tasting Notes: The natural tanning of this vineyard is framed by hints of wood tannin, with aromas of black cherry, wild berries, licorice and hints of earthy spice. The acidity pushes on with supple tannins on the finish, but as the wine ages, this will balance out into a rounded and very drinkable Burgundy!

Scores / Recognition:

  Wine Advocate  92-94

  Vinous 91-93   

History of the Domaine:

Located just south of Nuits Saint Georges, in the village of Prémeaux-Prissey, is Domaine de l’Arlot, a winery formally established in 1987, but with a history that extends over 100 years back to the late 19th century. The domaine is operated out of a 200 year old building found within the Clos de l’Arlot, a 4 hectare walled vineyard created by Jean-Charles Vienot at the end of the 18th century. His son later expanded the estate, and eventually the domaine came to hold two Premier Cru monopoles: Clos des Forets Saint Georges and Clos de l’Arlot, both located within Nuits Saint Georges. Today, these wines are a benchmark expression for the village of Nuits Saint George, showcasing the hearty complexities of Pinot Noir when grown in the limestone-laden Nuiton soils. Exceptionally, although in the heart of Pinot Noir country in Nuits, Domaine de l’Arlot has also come to be a force for Chardonnay production in the village, producing complex, forward and plush Chardonnays that are unlike any other in the Cote de Nuits. The winery’s biodynamic practices and hands-off approach to vinfication allow their fruit to shine, and each vineyard is vinified with respect to the power and finesse of its fruit.