Clearly defined, ripe Pinot fruit, great complexity and extraordinary concentration define this wine. It is a little reminiscent of great Cote Rotie but somehow remains unmistakably top class Burgundy.
Here there is a better balance of ripeness as this is a clear notch up in freshness and complexity with notably ripe raspberry and earth-infused middle weight, nicely precise flavors supported by buried tannins and a sweet finish. There is however a touch of warmth on the finish though it remains reasonably well balanced. Drink: 2011+.Notes: from vines planted in the early 1950s.
This isn't as fine as the Clos de l'Arlot yet there is a bit more underlying material, especially on the mid-palate as the sweet, sappy, round and impressively concentrated and structured flavors offer much to like. This is delicious, complex, earthy and warm without being unduly hot and the finishing punch gives this the edge. Drink: 2008+.Notes: from vines planted in the early 1950s.Comments: top value!
Domaine de l'Arlot was created in 1987 when AXA Millésimes purchased the property in Prémeaux, just south of Nuits St Georges. Its history as a domaine, however, stretches back far into the Burgundian annals passing through the Vienot and Belin dynasties before AXA’s acquisition. The domaine’s recent history has been shaped by the influence of Jean-Pierre de Smet who ran the domaine for almost two decades before Christian Seely took over direction. In 2014 Christian installed Géraldine Godot as technical manager and winemaker. A native Burgundian, she is a qualified microbiologist and oenologist, and looks set for a bright future at this Côte de Nuits estate. The domaine favours whole bunch fermentation, seeking to produce wines with refinement and finesse. (Not to be confused with Domaine Arlaud in Morey St Denis.)
The second largest town after Beaune, Nuits St. Georges is known for ample wines that have textured tannins and rich fruit. Unlike other famous Côte de Nuits villages, it has no Grand Crus but does have a handful of exceptional premier cru vineyards such as Clos de l'Arlot, Les Pruliers and AuxMurgers. Its wines can be occasionally rustic, and this sets them apart from many of the more northern appellations as well as from the neighbouring Côte de Beaune whose wines (apart from Pommard) tend to be less structured and more fruit forward. This is no doubt due to a slightly increased presence of clay especially on the Primeaux-Prissey area of the appellation. Notable producers include Domaine de l'Arlot, Jean Grivot and Meo-Camuzet.