[EXCLUSIVE RELEASE] Domaine de L'Arlot 2013 Parcel Offers

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Domaine de l'Arlot needs little introduction. Firstly they own 2 extraordinary Premier Cru vineyards in its entirety; the Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru Clos de l'Arlot and the Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru Clos des Forets.

The wines produced from these vineyards cannot be more different that each other, think of Ying and Yang. While the wines produced from Clos de l'Arlot are very floral (think rose petals and strawberries), delicate, and sensual; those from the Clos de Forets are richer, assertive and velvety, with a nose more of cherries and violets. Both wines do have the elegance and purity of a Pinot Noir and offers up different pleasures. The Domaine also has a tiny amount of vines in Vosne Romanee namely in the premier cru of Suchots as well as a tiny bit of Romanee St. Vivant Grand Cru.

These 2 wines are always exceptional and intensely floral and they offer immense pleasure even when tasting from barrel.  The Domaine also produces 2 white wines from the Nuits St. Georges which is quite rare.

In 2013, winemaker Jacques Devauges chose to use 50-60% whole clusters and a very gentle extraction to make the wines this year. The use of oak was also very measured ranging from 15-35%. The result is that Jacques has again produced another remarkable set of wines and his talent in winemaking is evident as he was poached at the end of 2014 to take over the winemaking from Sylvain Pitot of Domaine Clos de Tart who has retired.

Allen Medows wrote the following:
I really like the wines as they're fresh and refreshing plus they express their underlying terroirs superbly well." I confess to being knocked out by the quality of the Arlot 2013s and the upper level 2012s are really lovely as well as the additional élevage resulted in the wines adding flesh and volume. I highly recommend both vintages to you.

With permission and courtesy of Allen Medows, we append his tasting notes for your reference.

Romanee St. Vivant Grand Cru 2013
Tasting note: From vines planted in 1973 and usually only 3 barrels made. This is the most elegant wine in the range with its ultra-pure nose of violets, black currant and a plethora of spice elements. The supple, refined and intense middle weight flavors glide across the palate before culminating in a precise, firm and impeccably well-balanced finale. This is a combination of lace and punch and the epitome of what I like to describe as power without weight. Brilliant. 93-96 points

Vosne Romanee 1er Cru les Suchots 2013
Tasting note: From vines planted in 1950. An intensely floral nose exhibits a broad range of spice elements that include anise, clove, exotic tea and cinnamon hints along with a ripe but cool array of both red and black pinot fruit scents. There is a lush, even opulent mouth feel to the medium-bodied flavors that presently display a touch of austerity that I doubt will last very long. Lovely juice with excellent aging potential. 91-94 points

Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru Clos des Forets (Monopole) 2013
Tasting note: From vines planted in the 1950s.  Deep ruby hue. This is much more sauvage in character and notably less elegant with its ripe and very fresh dark berry fruit aromas that also evidence plenty of floral, earth and forest floor elements. There is excellent size, weight, punch and muscle to the broad-shouldered flavors that are very Nuits in character before concluding in a powerful yet velvety and palate coating finish. This is also terrific and well-worth your attention.  91-93 points

Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru Clos de l'Arlot Rouge (Monopole) 2013
Tasting note: From vines planted between 1945-1950. A perfumed, elegant and intensely floral nose displays notes of airy red and dark currant aromas along with subtle hints of spice and earth. There is excellent richness and volume to the sappy and beguilingly textured middle weight flavors that exude a fine minerality on the balanced, textured and wonderfully complex finish. This is excellent and well worth considering. 91-93 points

Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru Clos de l'Arlot Blanc (Monopole) 2013
Tasting note: This is aromatically similar to the Gerbottes save for a judicious amount of wood that can also be seen on the delicious flavors that possess a bit more size, weight and complexity. This delicious effort should drink well young. 88-91 points

Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru les Petits Plets 2013
Tasting note: Made from younger vines in the Clos des Forets. Deep ruby color. An expressive and broad-ranging nose offers up notes of cassis, plum, violets and warm earth. Here too there is fine mid-palate concentration to the middle weight flavors that possess a seductive texture though there is enough austerity to warrant mentioning on the powerful and mildly rustic finish. Good potential here. 89-92 points

Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru le Petit l'Alot 2013
Tasting note: From the younger vines of Clos de l'Arlot. An agreeably ripe nose features notes of violets, plum and black raspberry. There is good punch to the delicious, round and nicely intense middle weight flavors that possess a finer mouth feel, all wrapped in a lingering finish. This should also drink well young, indeed probably even earlier than the Clos du Chapeau. 89-91 points

Nuits St. Georges Cuvee la Gerbotte Blanc 2013
Tasting note: Declassified grapes from vines under 10 years of age in Clos de l'Arlot which includes about 5% of Pinot Gris. A mildly exotic nose featuring notes of pineapple, apricot and peach leads to rich, delicious and very round flavors that terminate in a citrusy finish that delivers good length if only average depth. 86-89 points

Cote de Nuits Villages Clos de Chapeau 2013
Tasting note: Reduction flattens the fruit but there is good verve and detail to the delicious, round and relatively tender middle weight flavors. There is good volume and complexity to the finish where the supporting tannins make themselves felt as this is deceptively forward. This delivers lovely quality for what this is and is well worth considering in the value category, particularly if you're looking for a red that should drink well young but age reasonably well too. 88-91 points

We are pleased to offer the following parcels for your consideration:

Domaine de l'Arlot - Parcel A $1,750.00
1bt Nuits St Georges 1er Cru-Clos de l'Arlot Blanc 2013
1bt Nuits St. Geroges les Gerbotte 2013
1bt Côtes de Nuits Villages-Clos du Chapeau 2013
1bt Nuits St Georges 1C-Clos de l'Arlot Rouge 2013
1bt Nuits St Georges 1C Petit Arlot 2013
4bt Nuits St Georges 1C-Clos des Forêts St Georges 2013
1bt Nuits St Georges-Les Petits Plets 2013
1bt Vosne Romanée 1er Cru-Les Suchots 2013
1bt Romanee St. Vivant Grand Cru 2013

Domaine de l'Arlot - Parcel B $1,350.00
1bt Nuits St Georges 1er Cru-Clos de l'Arlot Blanc 2013
1bt Nuits St. Geroges les Gerbotte 2013
1bt Côtes de Nuits Villages-Clos du Chapeau 2013
1bt Nuits St Georges 1C-Clos de l'Arlot Rouge 2013
1bt Nuits St Georges 1C Petit Arlot 2013
5bt Nuits St Georges 1C-Clos des Forêts St Georges 2013
1bt Nuits St Georges-Les Petits Plets 2013
1bt Vosne Romanée 1er Cru-Les Suchots 2013

We await your reservations.

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April 29, 2016 written by Coleman Seet 0 comments