Planted between 1987 and 1989, the domaine has always chosen to keep these vines separate from their older Clos des Fôrets fruit. In fact, this is the final vintage of this cuvée, as rightly from 2015 onwards this will all go into the grand vin. This has huge character, with its dense wild forest fruit flavours. It is tremendously intense with broadly structured shoulders, and a beautifully sweet finish. This was tasted after the Suchots and was certainly not a step down.
This displays just enough reduction to warrant decanting it for a short period in case you’re tempted to try a bottle in its youth. The round, fleshy and generously proportioned middle weight flavors possess good volume and muscle while delivering better persistence on the firm and nicely complex finale. 90/2022+
This is also notably floral but much earthier and markedly less spicy with game hints on the dark fruited nose. The round, fleshy and generously proportioned middle weight flavors possess good volume while delivering reasonably good persistence on the firm and nicely complex finale. Drink 2024+
The 2014 Nuits St Georges 1er Cru Les Petits Plets, matured in 40% new oak, has a more complex bouquet compared to the Clos de l'Arlot this year, black earthy fruit mixed with mineral and slightly ferrous scents. It seems quite mercurial in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with succulent red fruit on the entry, and a citric line of acidity that binds everything in towards the long and tender finish. There is a sense of class and sophistication about this Petits Plets. Drink 2018-2032
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.