Our identity

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To cultivate vines and make wines which express the terroir they come from


Our identity


This vision, which respects nature to reveal the truth of great terroirs, defines the philosophy of Domaine de l'Arlot. A deliberate and determined approach which imposes demanding choices that we entirely accept, from the vinification to the elevage. A long term vision which demands meticulous attention to detail, and a strong desire to affirm the exceptional.


Vines cultivated using Biodynamics

An organic vineyard since 2000, we adopted the principles of biodynamics in 2003 and have now extended this policy to all of Domaine de l'Arlot's vineyards. It is a question of changing how we look at the way vines are cultivated by relearning old methods. To abandon the use of chemical fertilizers and products of synthesis: life can get started again. The vine-plant is the centre of a natural balance. It develops in an environment which enables it to bear grapes full of taste and characteristics specific to the plot. The results are evident: it is the best way of enabling the truth of the terroirs to be expressed.



Natural winemaking

The basic rule of winemaking at Domaine de l'Arlot is to intervene at just the right moments, and as little as possible in the birth of the wine. When it is time to harvest, the bunches are picked by hand, the grapes are sorted twice, on the vines and when they arrive at the vathouse, to ensure that only the best grapes are kept. In the cellar, everything is done by gravity. The vinification of the reds is partly done using "whole bunches" which contributes to the elegance of the wines. The method used during maceration is to let the terroirs speak for themselves, and extract delicately. The cap is punched by hand and the pumping over of the must is always kept to a minimum.



Watching over the raising of the wines

The wish to express the truth of the terroirs also means a particular way of looking at the elevage of the wines. To control the origin of the staves and the making of the casks, the Domaine de l'Arlot has initiated an original approach. It calls upon a wood dealer who buys oaks in the best forests and cuts them into staves. The wood ages in the open air on the domaine, in all weathers. After 2 to 3 years, the oak is delivered to a cooper who makes the casks according to a very precise schedule of conditions. This way, the heating of the staves, which enable them to curve, is requested to be "very light" to "light" to preserve the taste of the wine.


The spirit of place ...

our aim is to make wines that are the individual, harmonious and perfectly-balanced expression of our great terroirs.



Always better ...

ours is an obsession, always seeking to make improvements, to do things bigger and better.



Heirs to the past, creators of the future ...

we never forget our privilege and our responsibilities as the guardians of outstanding vineyards. Our duty is to produce great wines for today and decades to come, then to pass on the vineyards in the best possible condition to future generations.

This long-term vision is a commitment to the vineyard, to all those who work there ... and also to those who taste our wines. Our ultimate goal is to produce wines that express the unique characteristics of their terroir and that will provide pleasure for wine lovers all over the world.



Christian Seely

Managing Director

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