Clos Des Forets
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Domaine de l'Arlot
Situated in the heart of the Côte de Nuits, Domaine de l'Arlot, sensitive to the nuances of terroir transmitted through the purity of its wines, is the guardian of an exceptional viticultural heritage.
Nuits Saint Georges 1er Cru
With its well-defined character, this wine perfectly illustrates the identity of the Nuits Saint Georges vineyard. Complex aromas of blackcurrant mingled with spicy blackberry are revealed on the nose with, depending on the vintage, darker notes of liquorice and leather. The well-built mouth affirms itself with density and strength around a tight structure with rich, well-wrapped tannins. It becomes increasingly seductive over time, which comes from the elegance, intensity and purity of the fruit.
The terroir: In Burgundy the monopoly (single estate vineyard) defines a unit of land, a terroir which has been perfectly defined for centuries and which is owned by a single proprietor. The Clos des Forêts Saint Georges covers a surface of 7.20 hectares, all in one piece. It is a unique terroir in a privileged location which right from its origin has made one of the greatest Nuits Saint Georges wines.
– An exacting commitment to quality: Clos des Forêts Saint Georges is only made with grapes from its oldest vines. We wish to express the very best of this exceptional terroir, and the old vines give darker, more intense wines.
This means that grapes from the younger vines are not used for the Clos des Forêts but vinified separately to make Les Petits Plets Nuits Saint Georges 1er Cru.
– Traditional vinification: hand-picked grapes, minimal cuvaison, a light hand with the pumping-over… The method used to give birth to the wine is to let things happen naturally to reveal the soul of the wine.
– A wine for ageing: the generous terroir of the Clos des Forêts Saint Georges forms the soul of the wine. It builds a solid red around well-present tannins which define a wine for ageing. A few years in the cellar will allow the wine to express itself more fully and make it more graceful, silkier and more complete.
The weather: The year remains marked by unusual weather with a mild winter and a hot, dry spring. After May 15th the weather became cold and wet. Luckily the sun came back in September.
The harvest: The Pinot Noir started to be picked on August 31st in the sun. Paradoxically, the Chardonnay were picked last. On September 9th all the grapes were in the winery.
The grapes: Drastic sorting was necessary but ensured that only beautifully healthy grapes were kept, which meant that quality was good. Yields were average.