The expression of the soil
Domaine de l'Arlot
At the Domaine de l'Arlot Olivier Leriche welcomed us. He is the young head of the technical staff at the domain who has been supporting the domain's general manager Jean-Pierre de Smet for one year now.On a short walk through the park above the old manorial house he showed us the Clos d l'Arlot,the climate that was responsible for naming the domain in 1987. At that time the insurance company AXA bought the land and employed Smet who had arranged the purchase as manager. From the N 74 you percewe how steeply the hill rises to the top.
In the vineyard only traditional methods and no herbizides are used. The harvest is brought in by hand, in 1999 from the 17th till the 25th of September, before the rain starts. Olivier Leriche tells us, a harvest worker who has been working at de 'l Arlot's for 31 years was of the opinion that this was the best harvest close to perfection with no mould among the grapes. Such a thing he never had experienced before. The 1999 was chapatlized only a bit. The concentration of sugar is very good, also the acidity, but it isn't that intense. All stalks were left in the mash. At de l'Arlot's wood from personal property for the barrels is bought together with the domain Dujac and it is stored at the Clos de l'Arlot to be dried for two and a half years. Thus best quality of the barrels is made possible. The Der Clos de l'Arlot is filled to 35% in new barrels, the richer Clos de ForÉts-St-Georges to 50-60%. The Clos de l'Arlot and also the Clos de Forêts-St-George are monopoles - vineyards that are owned alone by the de l'Arlot. At the Clos de'l Arlot there is also a white wine very much sought after.
The cellar of the domain is rather large and very clean. It seems noticeable that there are only very few bottle stores. Except for a few shelves for bottles that are kept for home consumption almost everything is sold out.
Côte de Nuits Villages Clos du Chapeau 1998 Barrel sample
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Nuits Saint Georges 1er Cru Clos de l'Arlot 1998 Barrel sample
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