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Domaine Arlaud, Chambolle Musigny 2017
Pinot Noir 100%
The bouquet is showing very well bursting with cool red and dark fruits detailed and expressive. On the palate juicy fruit vibrant with a lovely tension elegant and lightfooted for the vintage. A charming village.
The goal is to minimise heavy extraction in favour of balance and elegance. After an initial selection in the vineyard, the harvest is sorted three additional times in the winery. the grapes are de-stemmed, but not crushed. Since 2008, several cuvees included a part of whole clusters. After a maceration period, the fermentation is permitted to start naturally and runs for at least 20 days. Pumping is minimised throughout the winemaking process, relying instead on gravity. During the fermentation period the cap is seldom, if ever, punched down. After the pressing, the free run juice is age separately from the press wine. The use of sulphur dioxide in minimised. No other oenological product is added, ensuring the authenticity of each wine.
Domaine Arlaud was created in 1942 with the marriage of Joseph Arlaud, a man from Ardeche, and Renee Amiot, a woman from a family with deep roots in the Burgundian wine culture. The brides dowry brought parcels in excellent vineyards, which Joseph supplemented by shrewd acquisitions, beginning in 1949. In 1966, the family acquired a 14th Century historical building in which to age their wines. The cellar is displayed on their wine labels. Their son Herve took over in 1983 and, with his wife Brigitte, continued to increase the estate. Their children gradually joined them and worked together from 2004 to 2012. In 2003, the family began moving operations to a new, modern facility in Morey Saint Denis. The 14th Century cellar, located in the heart of Nuits Saint Georges is still used for the Estates wine library and for special tastings. It is an authentic and unique place to celebrate three generations of Burgundian hospitality. In 2013 Cyprien Arlaud assumed full control over management of the Family estate. By then, it had grown to 15 hectares, consisting of 19 separate Appellation Controlled vineyard sites, with choice plots in 4 grand Crus: Clos de la Roche, Clos Saint Denis, Charmes Chambertin, and Bonnes Mares.
Vinous 88pts (2013) - Bright, dark red. Musky aromas of dark raspberry, redcurrant, spices and herbs. Fat and moderately sweet, with dark berry, spice, licorice and cola notes lifted by a floral element and framed by harmonious acidity. A serious tannic spine calls for a few years of patience. Not too sweet but serious and saline. Boasts a fresher fruit character than the 2014 version but this wine is less pleasing right now.