Goedhuis, December 2015
From the Chardonnay vines planted on the steepest slopes of the Clos de l’Arlot this competes with the finest whites from the Côte d’Or. Gentle lemon yellow in colour, with hints of almonds and nectarines on the nose. Whilst slightly closed in the palate there is a huge amount of texture. It will require a little ageing but will be sensational.
Neal Martin, December 2015,
The 2014 Nuits St Georges Clos de l'Arlot Blanc has quite a phenolic bouquet, the 20% new oak nicely integrated with hints of orange zest and freshly sliced mango coming through with aeration, turning quite effervescent. The palate is well balanced with almond and quince on the entry. There is good weight and freshness in situ, controlled and nicely poised towards the finish. Drink 2017-2027
Burghound, June 2016,
This is also firmly reduced with an unreadable nose. Otherwise there is good freshness, volume and mid-palate density to the rich, delicious and mouth coating flavors that possess excellent depth on the beautifully well-detailed finale. This lovely effort should age well over the medium term and is worth a look. Drink 2020+
Domaine de l'Arlot
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.