Tasting this glorious Grand Cru cuvée I realised how lucky we are not only to work with this famous domaine but to be able to taste wines of such extraordinary quality and class. Words almost can’t do this brilliant wine justice; it is all about harmony, grace and elegance, so discreet and yet there is a subtlety of power and beautiful nuances of silky layered red fruits which hover in the mouth all the time.
(from a .25 ha parcel that was planted in 1973 – an average vintage produces 3 barrels). This is the most elegant wine in the range with its ultra-pure nose of violets, black currant and a plethora of spice elements. The supple, refined and intense middle weight flavors glide across the palate before culminating in a precise, firm and impeccably well-balanced finale. This is a combination of lace and punch and the epitome of what I like to describe as power without weight. Brilliant.Drink 2025+
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.)
Romanée-St-Vivant, which takes its name from the monastery of St-Vivant founded in c. 900, is a Grand Cru vineyard in Vosne-Romanée on the Côte de Nuits in Burgundy. It is the largest of Vosne-Romanée's six Grands Crus and produces red wine only. The vineyard is located on the slope tothe north of the town of Vosne-Romanée and is the nearest vineyard to this village. Romanée-Saint-Vivant's soils are deep and rich in clay and lime, which means the wines of Romanée-St-Vivant are usually lighter and less powerful than its neighbours'. Domaine de la Romanée Conti is the largest proprietor, owning over half of the area's 9.5 ha.