A favourite of mine amongst the Grands Crus, this is a beauty. Full of raspberry and damson fruits. This is such a graceful wine, effortlessly harmonious and amazingly balanced, with subtle velvety tannins. So understated and totally at ease, this has the hallmarks of a great wine in the making.
This is also initially a bit reduced but aggressive swirling finally reveals a refined nose that is quite similar to that of the Suchots but even more elegant and a bit more complex as well. The refined and silky medium weight flavors possess fine depth and a really lovely mouth feel while delivering fine length on the slightly warm and impressively long finale. As is sometimes the case with grands crus, this is still not 100% harmonious and as such my score is expressly on the conservative side. 92/2026+
Here the nose is quite similar to that of the Suchots but even more elegant and a bit more complex as well. The refined and silky medium weight flavors possess fine depth but this contrasts considerably with the firm and borderline rustic finish as the supporting tannins are rough and inelegant. My range assumes that the natural refinement of a fine RSV will eventually surface as the tannins resolve but in the meantime, this is very youthfully awkward. Drink 20209+
The 2014 Romanée St Vivant Grand Cru, three and half barrels of it, has a perfumed rose petal and vanilla-tinged bouquet that is very delineated and lifted, with bright red berry fruit, perhaps even a dab of white chocolate. It is a fascinating aromatic. The palate is medium-bodied with fine and supple tannin, well judged acidity and a gentle grip in the mouth. It is tightly-knit and more linear compared to recent vintages, nowhere near a flamboyant RSV with an attractive piquant finish. This is a very good if not stunning Romanée-Saint-Vivant, not quite the stellar showing from other domaines. Drink 2018-2038
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.