2011 Morey St Denis Les Ruchots Herve Arlaud

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Average critic rating : 89.5 points



This is notably ripe yet quite fresh with solidly complex red berry fruit liqueur aromas and discreet spice notes preceding rich, velvety and refined flavors that possess well-integrated yet firm tannins on the mouth coating, layered and agreeably persistent finish. This is an elegant Ruchots in that there is good volume and flesh yet nothing is overtly forward or obvious. Tasted: Jan 15, 2014. Drink: 2018+



Tasted blind at the Burgundy 2011 horizontal tasting in Beaune. The Morey St Denis 1er Cru Les Ruchots 2011 has plenty of vibrant red fruit on the nose, although at the moment it is masked by the oak. However the two seem to be in balance and I can see them melding together with time. The palate is medium-bodied with a soft, rounded entry, fine depth with a conservative but focused, perhaps rather foursquare finish. Give this Morey Saint Denis another 1-2 years to develop more personality. eRobertParker.com.November, 2014

Herve Arlaud took over from his father in 1984 and in 1998 his first son joined him in the vineyards, since added to by another son and daughter, a true family business. Despite being the manager both in the vineyard and winery of Domaine Herve Arlaud, he has found the time to extend the holdings to the current 15 hectares that covers 19 appellations including the grands crus Clos de la Roche, Clos Saint Denis, Charmes Chambertin and Bonnes Mares. Since 1998 all these plots follow “lutte raisonnee” farming methods and they also have two horses to cultivate the vineyards. The domain is situated in the commune of Morey St Denis, with cellars at Nuits st Georges dating back to 14th C. where the older vintages are stored.

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