2016 - Nuits St Georges 1er Cru Clos des Forêts St Georges Domaine de l'Arlot
Colour
Red
Producer
Domaine de l'Arlot
Region
Nuits-Saint-Georges
Grape
Pinot Noir
Drinking
2020 - 2032
Case size
12x75cl

2016 NUITS ST GEORGES 1ER CRU CLOS DES FORÊTS ST GEORGES DOMAINE DE L'ARLOT - 12x75cl

Colour
Red
Producer
Domaine de l'Arlot
Region
Nuits-Saint-Georges
Grape
Pinot Noir
Drinking
2020 - 2032
Case size
12x75cl

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Tasting Notes

  • GDH

    Goedhuis, December 2017

    Actually tasted after the Clos de l’Arlot, given its greater volume and power in 2016. Much like the Clos de l’Arlot, this enjoys 50% whole bunch fruit and 50% new oak, a combination that has worked extremely well in the 2016 Forêts whose fruit richness and volume are coaxed out by this style of vinification. Here we have an excellent collaboration between vineyard and cellar; its black cherry, deep autumn tones, tannic drive and powerful volume are supported by the structural oak.

  • NM

    Neal Martin, December 2017,
    Score: 93-95

    The 2016 Nuits St Georges 1er Cru Clos des Forêts St-Georges includes 50% whole cluster with 50% new oak. This has the most precise bouquet from Domaine de l’Arlot this year: exquisite scents of wild strawberry, cranberry, wild hedgerow and just a hint of graphite. It feels tightly wound at first but gathers pace with aeration in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin. This feels crisp and linear, and there's good depth of flavor as this gently grips the mouth. Red fruit dovetail into black toward the graphite-tinged finish, the persistence very long. There is palpable energy in situ that should see it age for two decades. Drink 2021-2045

  • BURG

    Burghound, January 2018,
    Score: 91-94

    Here too the nose is overtly floral in character though relative to the Suchots the dark berry fruit aromas are much earthier and decidedly less spicy. The sleekly muscular, intense and broad-shouldered flavors possess outstanding mid-palate density and power before culminating in a robust, firmly structured and wonderfully complex finale. This is a classically styled Nuits that is very definitely built-to-age and one that is definitely going to need it. Outstanding. Drink: 2031+

  • JR

    Jancis Robinson, January 2018,
    Score: 17

    Very deep crimson. Edgy with lots of energy and charm. The first wine I have been tempted to swallow. Real texture and masses of crunchy fruit. Drink 2024-2032

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Producer

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.)

Region

Nuits-Saint-Georges

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.