Domaine de l'Arlot Grand Cru Romanée-Saint-Vivant 2021


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Region: Burgundy
Grapes: Pinot Noir
First Glance: Depth, Tension, Structure, Age-worthy
Acclaim: 95pts

The Wine:
The vineyard of Romanée Saint Vivant is wonderfully located, with only a road separating it from the Romanée-Conti. It has fabulously generous earth on sublime ground whose mixture of clay and limestone makes one of the greatest reds in the world.

Some oak but not too much: despite or because of its Grand Cru status. Vinification is done in wooden vats, ageing is done in wooden barrels for 15 months, the use of new oak remains very moderate: 30% to 50%, helping define the structure of the wine while also contributing some discreet spicy notes. Bottling take place after 18 months of ageing.

The nose reveals aromas of redcurrant and blueberry, toasted notes and subtle mineral nuances. The palate is complex and dazzling, with refined tannins that blend with refreshing acidity. The finish is long and smooth. This is a great wine for a great vintage, typical of Burgundy, very expressive of the Pinot Noir and its terroir.

The Review:
Stuart Pigott, - 95pts
"At once dark and perfumed this Romanee-Saint-Vivant is still very young, but the wine has terrific depth and tension for the vintage, the very fine tannins beautifully integrated with the mineral acidity on focused linear finish. This really needs some time to open up. From biodynamically grown grapes. Best from 2025."