This appetising white has a charmingly fresh, bright palate. The lightly salty sesame scent and crisp nectarine flavours make this a particularly appealing vintage for this small but brilliant (and brilliant value) Arlot cuvée.
The 2017 Côte de Nuits Village Au Laurey Blanc was matured in 25% new oak. It has a crisp, citrus-driven bouquet with hints of Granny Smith apples and suggestions of lemon curd. The palate is well balanced with a fine bead of acidity. Quite precise, if not powerful, but the touch of sour lemon on the finish perks up the senses and urges you back for another sip. 2019 - 2023
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.)
This communal appellation covers the vineyards of Fixin, Brochon, Premeaux, Comblanchien, and Corgoloin. Spread along the length of the Cotes de Nuits the wines of the different communes are, unsurprisingly, varied, reflecting a range of different exposures and nuances of soild type. The vast majority of production is red, with just a smattering of Chardonnay grown. The reds can offer very good value from the better producers.