Domaine de l' Arlot 2019 En Primeur
Domaine de l’Arlot is a 14 hectare estate in the commune of Prémeaux, just south of the town of Nuits-Saint-Georges. It has been biodynamic since 2003. Technical Director Géraldine Godot, in the half-decade since she took over, has established herself as an accomplished and detail-driven winemaker. The domaine is owned by AXA Millésimes, the wine division of the insurance company, as part of a portfolio which also includes Quinta do Noval in the Douro and the Bordeaux Châteaux Pichon-Baron and Suduiraut. The flagships are the two premiers crus monopoles, Clos des Forêts Saint-Georges and Clos de l’Arlot, the latter planted with both Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.
NUITS-SAINT-GEORGES BLANC LA GERBOTTE
This comes from the vines behind the domaine, planted in 1992 and 1993. It is a voluntarily declassified premier cru although it could form part of Clos de l’Arlot Blanc. Grown on white limestone, it is a refined, mineral driven wine. White peach and pastry on the nose, with a little lemon curd. The palate is substantial, a wine of real extract and character, with a phenolic grip accentuating the stony mineral bite. Fermented in barrel before being aged in just under 20% new oak.
Corney & Barrow Score 16.5-17
Recommended drinking from 2021 – 2026
NUITS-SAINT-GEORGES BLANC 1ER CRU CLOS DE L’ARLOT MONOPOLE
There are two hectares of Chardonnay planted in Clos de l’Arlot, on pink limestone. This is from grapes grown on the steeply sloping amphitheatre. As always, there is a more exotic aromatic streak here compared to the younger vines Gerbotte – pithy grapefruit top-notes and rich apricot beneath. The textured palate is similarly expressive, with a wonderfully precise stony mineral definition and a salty twist to the finish, bolstered by 20% new oak.
Corney & Barrow Score 17.5
Recommended drinking from 2023 – 2028
CÔTE DE NUITS-VILLAGES CLOS DU CHAPEAU
This comes from 1.5 hectares of vines in Comblanchien, on the plain. Spicy red berry aromas, with sappy tea leaf detailing, a very pretty nose. The palate exudes a cool harmony, poised raspberry and cranberry, bolstered by supple fruit-coated tannins, with darker rocky mineral flavours coming in behind. Bottled at the end of the summer.
Corney & Barrow Score 17+
Recommended drinking from 2022 – 2027
NUITS-SAINT-GEORGES 1ER CRU, MONT DES OISEAUX
This plot is located inside Clos de l’Arlot, at the top of the slope. It is named after the little passageway at the top of the vineyard, from which you can hear birdsong. The vines are around 20 years old. An enveloping, darkly berried nose, with a sweet creamy richness, very seductive. Very pure raspberry fruit on the attack, with chalky mineral tension defining the mid-palate and then a precise, honed finish. You can feel the stony tension of the hills here.
Corney & Barrow Score 17
Recommended drinking from 2023 – 2032
NUITS-SAINT-GEORGES 1ER CRU, CLOS DE L’ARLOT MONOPOLE
There are two hectares of Pinot Noir grapes here, alongside the two of white. Clos de l’Arlot is adjacent to Domaine Mugnier’s Clos de la Maréchale, both having prominent signage which you pass on the Route Nationale. Sweet, aromatic raspberries on the nose, with a very pure-fruited palate with supple tannins and an additional layer of pliancy. 40% new oak.
Corney & Barrow Score 17.5
Recommended drinking from 2023 – 2033
NUITS-SAINT-GEORGES 1ER CRU CLOS DES FORÊTS SAINT-GEORGES MONOPOLE
A 7.2 hectare monopole, owned exclusively by Domaine de l’Arlot. Whilst Clos de l’Arlot is from Prémeaux, this is a ‘proper’ Nuits-Saint-Georges – deeply coloured and immediately expressive. Dark, intense blackberries on the nose, with brambly undergrowth. The palate is resonantly pure and dark fruited on the attack, with an uncommon depth of flavour and extract. The tannins are the firmest yet, although enveloped in perfumed fruit. Very classy, with serious ageing potential. Around a half new oak.
Corney & Barrow Score 18
Recommended drinking from 2026 – 2038
VOSNE-ROMANÉE 1ER CRU LES SUCHOTS
The domaine’s sole holding north of Nuits-St-Georges, this sits apart from the domaine’s other wines. Beautifully pure raspberry fruit on the nose, with exotic spices and incense. Sappy and cohesive on the attack, opening into an airy mid-palate of succulent red berries and rose petals. Firm yet oh-so-fine tannins support the edifice without dominating. A stunning wine and a credit to Géraldine Godot. Around a third new oak.
Corney & Barrow Score 18+
Recommended drinking from 2025 – 2035
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