Domaine de L’Arlot, Nuits-Saint-Georges Clos des Forêts Saint-Georges 1er Cru 2009

Arlot Forets 2009

From magnum.

Pale, immature cherry red.  A bit reductive but ripe, fullish nose, more than a touch of the stems (90% whole cluster in ’09): slightly spicy and smoky black fruit, mocha (always a good sign in young burgundy), brown spices, white pepper.  Quite oaky.  Some earth, mineral and Nuits animale.  Good flesh and accessibility on the palate, full texture and concentration: forest black currant, black raspberry and black cherry.

Substantial and firmly structured without the jaggedness that comes with youthful red burgundy; the density of ’09 fruit character helps.  The wood is a little aggressive at this point and there is some astringency from the oak tannin.  Needs time clearly but the question about what this will be with ten years in bottle is not an easy one to predict. In the end, we think this will be a successful cuvée.  Not our first choice in style but the overall quality of their rouge and blanc have been improving nicely here for more than a decade.  Good at least.  From 2017.

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