The monopole Clos de l’Arlot is 4 hectares in total, and two of those are planted with Chardonnay, with this cuvée being made from the older vines (the younger vines are bottled under the Gerbotte label). It has the satisfying weight of ripe lemon pulp, and a well-matched 20% new oak seasons the concentrated old vine fruit to a T.
The 2017 Nuits Saint-Georges Clos de l’Arlot Blanc 1er Cru has a well-defined bouquet of orange pith and yellow flowers with touches of wild nettles and patisserie. The palate is well balanced and the 25% new oak neatly assimilated. This is crisp and taut thanks to the pink Prémeaux limestone (the La Gerbotte has more white limestone soils). Delivering brisk acidity and race toward the finish, this is a classy offering. 2021 - 2035
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.