Domaine de l'Arlot Nuits-Saint-Georges 1er Cru Clos de l'Arlot 2020


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Region: Burgundy
Grapes: Pinot Noir
First Glance: Perfumed, Strawberries, Lively, Long
Acclaim: 93pts

The Wine:
A complex terroir with microclimates and varied soils: marl with ostrea acuminata, Premeaux limestone and white oolite. The Clos de l'Arlot is unusual for being planted on the site of a former quarry, giving it the shape of an amphitheatre. Its name comes from the spring that rises at the bottom of the plot and flows into the Courtavaux a little lower down. Only grapes from the oldest vines are included in the Clos de l'Arlot red cuvée. 

Manually harvested, minimal vatting, pumping over and punching down to reveal the full finesse of this great terroir. The wine is aged for 15 months in oak barrels, with a maximum of 45% new barrels, and 3 months in vats before bottling.

This wine is light in colour, with a very perfumed nose. On the palate, delicate notes of roses and peonies mingle with aromas of crushed strawberries, we also find a delicate and airy character, typical of the estate. The tannins are smooth and the persistent length on the palate suggests a wonderful ageing potential.

The Review:
Jasper Morris, Inside Burgundy - 93pts
"69% whole bunches, not yet racked. Very pretty bouquet, albeit ripe. A big step up from Mots des Oiseaux, capturing the quintessential elegance of the site along with the slight blood orange aspect which Arlot often delivers. Ripe but tingling finish."