2011 Romanee St Vivant Domaine de l' Arlot

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Average critic rating : 94.5 points



As one would fully expect, this is aromatically completely different from the nose of the Clos des Forêts with a beautifully elegant and medium-toned nose suffused with highly spiced dark berry fruit liqueur. The supple and seductively silky flavors are underpinned by ultra-refined tannins before terminating in a finish that is borderline austere and firmer than the fine tannins would initially suggest. I like the overall sense of harmony and this should be really lovely in time. Tasted: Jan 15, 2014. Drink: 2023+



Tasted blind at the Burgundy 2011 horizontal tasting in Beaune. The Romanée-Saint-Vivant 2011 from Domaine de l’Arlot is turning out to be a stunning grand cru. It has a straight-laced and yet brilliantly defined bouquet that is all about precision over power. This is a classy nose – a gun perfectly aimed at the bullseye. The palate is medium-bodied with ripe filigree tannins, well-judged acidity and great depth toward the finish that still has a little unresolved oak to be absorbed. Give this ethereal grand cru another 4-5 years in bottle before broaching. eRobertParker.com.November, 2014

Organic since 2000 and biodynamic since 2003, the vineyards of Domaine de l'Arlot is rather unusually – for Burgundy – owned by insurance giant AXA. Located two km south of Nuits St. Georges, the domain covers around 14 hectares and was successfully set up by Lise Judet and Jean-Pierre De Smet, who worked under the great Jacques Seysses of Domaine Dujac before this project. Within the range of wines can be found rare white Nuits St. Georges, Romanée Saint Vivant and Vosne Romanée les Suchots. Wines are aged in about one third new wood and bottled unfiltered at 16-18 months for 1er crus. Christian Seely of AXA wines is the managing director and the reigns have since passed to Jacques Devauges to lead as technical director

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