Strength of Finesse
Domaine de l'Arlot
The domaine de l'Arlot owns two Nuits-Saint-Georges 1er Cru climates alone - the Clos d'Arlot and the Clos des Forêts-Saint-Georges.
The Clos des Forêts-Saint-Georges is a classical textbook Nuits and is certainly the stronger of the both wines. It is mostly regarded as the greater one. A few years ago we nevertheless had been impressed mainly by the red Clos d'Arlot. The four hectare sized climate is planted to equally parts with Chardonnay (and a bit of Pinot Beurot) and Pinot Noir. The red clos d'Arlot is perhaps one of the most delicate and finest wine of Nuits-Saint-Georges. Its stregth is its finesse. The white Clos d'Arlot is one of the best white wines of the Côte de Nuits and usually sold out very quickly.
Nuits-Saint-Georges Clos des Forêts-Saint-Georges, the second red Premier-Cru by d'Arlot encloses amazing seven hectares. The grapes are processed by the age of the vines. The youngest are degraded to Nuits-Saint-Georges, the middle aged ones are for the Nuits-Sait-Georges Premier Cru, and only those vines that produce deepness are for the Clos des Forêts. The samples from the wood had been as expected: The vines that were planted in 1989 produce a more feminine wine with bright fruit and it has not much deepness and structure, but shows definitely finesse. The wine made of vines that were planted in 1986 possesses a bit more structure and is more closed. Vines planted in 1982 produce a definitely darker, terroir based, spicy Nuits. The wine made of fifty years old vines after all is a worthy Clos des Forêts-Saint-Georges, even darker, with spice and earthy terroir notes. Classical, deep Nuits.
Nuits-Saint-Georges Jeunes Vignes du Clos des Forêts-Saint-Georges 2000
Nuits-Saint-Georges Clos d'Arlot 2000
Nuits-Saint-Georges Clos des Forêts-Saint-Georges 2000
Nuits-Saint-Georges Clos d'Arlot 1999
Nuits-Saint-Georges Clos d'Arlot blanc 2001