- Domaine de l'Arlot
- Vosne Romanée
- Pinot Noir
- 2022 - 2035
- Case size
Goedhuis, December 2017
One of the few Arlot vineyards not to get frosted in 2016, this 100% whole bunch fermented wine has a bold structure, which Géraldine describes as “elegant” though with firmly placed tannins. It has the long wild strawberry freshness of fine Vosne, but it may take a few years in bottle for the generous new oak to integrate fully with the fruit.
Neal Martin, December 2017,
The 2016 Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru Les Suchots includes 100% whole cluster with 50% new oak. It has a refined, elegant, mild-mannered bouquet with pure raspberry preserve, cranberry and subtle tobacco scents that unroll with aeration, though never quite delivering the opulence synonymous with the premier cru. The palate is medium-bodied with a gentle but insistent grip on the entry. In some ways, the whole bunch addition lends this structure and shifts it toward, say, a Malconsorts in style (not to suggest that is necessarily a bad thing!). Linear and precise, it will require 7 to 10 years in bottle to really show its best. The bottom line is that this is one of the finest Les Suchots that I tasted in 2016. Drink 2022-2045
Burghound, January 2018,
An exuberantly spicy nose flashes notes of Asian-style tea, black cherry and sandalwood. Here too there is a lovely texture to the equally succulent, round and sappy flavors that coat the palate and particularly so on the moderately austere finale that displays outstanding length. This impressive effort is shaped by notably fine-grained tannins and overall, this is very Vosne in style. Outstanding. Drink: 2028+
Jancis Robinson, January 2018,
Heady and rich with a very severe spine. Not looking very beguiling today with a bitter finish but it will presumably shine eventually. Drink 2027-2040
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 vineyards of the modest village of Vosne Romanée are arguably the most sought after in the Côte d'Or. It is host to excellent Village and Premier Cru wines, but it is its most famous Grand Crusthat truly stand out: Romanée-Conti, La Tâche, Richebourg, Grands Echézeaux, Echézeaux, Romanée St. Vivant and La Romanée as well as Cros Parentoux, a Premier Cru vineyard which attracts Grand Cru attention (and prices). Vosne-Romanée can be remarkably robust and powerful, yet be charming and fleshy giving it one of the most diverse styles of the region.