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  • 2015

    The weather


    2015 was among the most precocious vintages of recent years. The vines progressed quickly in the warm springtime temperatures, despite pressure from powdery mildew through to July. Ripening began in mid-July, with temperatures exceeding 35°C. The month of August saw the arrival of much-needed rainfall, which fortunately did not delay ripening.

    The harvest


    3-4 September for the whites; 4-9 September for the reds.

    The grapes


    The month of June was the hottest since 2003, leading to flower abortion on certain plots. This vintage stands out for its excellent sanitary condition, requiring little sorting, and excellent phenolic maturity. The profusion of healthy clusters meant that for many appellations the full crop could be used for vinification. However, with a harvest of 24 hl/ha, yields were below average.

    The red wines


    Radiant colour and charming, sparkling fruit bouquets. Elegant tannins coat the palate and reveal good balance between structure, fruit and concentration. Dense but without heaviness, this vintage will express its full splendour in its youth, while also possessing good ageing potential.

    The white wines


    The whites were bottled in December 2016 after 3 months in vats. They have preserved just the right tension, along with white blossom and apricot aromas. Fresh and straightforward, yet far from lacking in flesh and roundness, this is a mouth-watering vintage of depth and delicacy.

  • 2014

    The weather


    The warm, dry spring came early this year, bringing budburst forward, followed by flowering in June. The cool, damp summer was then made up for by ideal conditions in September to ripen off the grapes nicely.

    The harvest


    We brought in this year's harvest in two phases in order to make the most of the excellent ripening conditions. The grapes for the white wines were picked on 11 and 12 September. After a two-day break, we harvested the reds from 15 to 20 September.

    The grapes


    September boosted the concentration of the grapes in sugar, aromas and tannins, making for a vintage with lots of fruit flavours. The harvest was reasonably good, although slightly smaller than average with a yield just below the 30hl/ha mark.

    The red wines


    Deeply coloured with a lively fruit bouquet. Silky tannins coat the palate, revealing just the right balance between freshness and maturity. This is a vintage that will show its delicate character in its youth, while also having good ageing potential. 02/2016

    The white wines


    Great energy with blossom and apricot notes. Lively and straight to the point, yet with plenty of nicely rounded flesh. A mouth-watering vintage that reveals great depth and concentration. 02/2016

  • 2013

    The weather


    2013 is the latest picked vintage since 1984! A cool, rainy spring with little sunshine led to a late budburst and disrupted flowering. A hot, bright summer saved the maturation of berries.

    The harvest


    The harvest lasted from 2nd to 10th October, with a break the 5th of October.

    The grapes


    Rain before the harvest favoured the attacks of botrytis imposing a drastic sorting of grapes. Despite weak yields, all the grapes harvested held the promise of a lovely balance of fruit and acidity.

    The red wines


    From garnet to ruby. The aromatics are expressive of fresh fruit and spices. On the palate, the wines have charm and generosity, good balance and velvety tannins. Exemplary length, persistence and finesse unite for this surprising vintage. 02/2015

    The white wines


    Yellow yet bright in colour, the whites are subtly perfumed, with notes ranging from white flowers to apricot. On the palate there is an upright quality, enhanced by mineral, saline notes, yet balanced by a touch of attractive roundness. 02/2015

  • 2012

    The weather


    It was a mild winter apart from February, which had two very cold weeks. It was very wet from April to July generating significant blossom drop. Fine, sunny weather from mid-August until harvest.

    The harvest


    From 20 to 28 September 2012

    The grapes


    Blossom drop in June meant that much of the harvest was lost, but the remaining grapes were particularly fine: clusters were small with thick-skinned grapes bursting with aromas. Excellent maturity and grape soundness.

    The red wines


    Deep and dark in colour. Powerful aromas on the nose: very ripe fruit and appealing freshness. The wines are fleshy on the palate with the rich, smooth and supple texture which is characteristic of this year. (Feb 2014)

    The white wines


    Fairly deep gold in colour. Mature and sun-filled on the nose; great texture and roundness on the palate held together by a very noticeable mineral backbone. (Feb 2014)

  • 2011

    The weather


    It was summery in spring, which gave the vegetative cycle a good head start. The weather during summer was unstable and kept changing, alternating hot, sunny days with spells of rain. The weather became stable and sunny again from the beginning of September.

    The harvest


    On September 2nd, we began with the whites to preserve the freshness and tension, then the Clos de l'Arlot's young vines, (in the sunny sector and therefore early). We ended with the Clos des Forêts' old vines on September 9th.

    The grapes


    The rigorousness of the sorting was a determinant factor. At the domaine, all of our pickers are our usual ones who are fully aware of the importance of this selection. They did it so well that not many grapes needed to be removed from the sorting table at the winery.

    The red wines


    The reds are richly coloured, with great freshness and aromatic sparkle, matched with a delicate, delicious palate which is remarkable for such a young wine. The old vines of the Domaine once again reveal their exceptional pedigree and power.

    The white wines


    After a long fermentation (4 months), the whites matured in barrels until November 2012. They are already beginning to reveal their character which is crisp, precise, and aromatic, with supple, mature aromas and great substance on the palate.

  • 2010

    The weather


    A -19°C frost in December killed some vines and destroyed numerous buds. Cold rain during flowering caused substantial failure of bloom. Though the year began with this exceptional weather, the rest of the winegrowing season saw more classic conditions.

    The harvest


    Started in sunshine on September 23rd and lasted until October 1st, classically beginning with the young vines and ending with the Clos des Forêts' old vines. Overall the state of the grapes was good, with small bunches and a high proportion of millerandage.

    The grapes


    Good quality but quantities were very low! With the ups and downs in the weather, we talked about earlier, we recorded yields which were record-breakingly low.

    The red wines


    Low yields enable us to produce subtle, expressive wines which reflect the character of our terroirs. The colours are vibrant and the aromas crisp and precise, with impressive volume on the palate whilst preserving great harmony and seductive freshness.

    The white wines


    In the same way as the reds, the whites are seductive, with full, ripe aromas associated with a straightforwardness and tension which makes them complete, accomplished wines.

  • 2009

    The weather


    A mild spring gave the vines a sudden head start. August was magnificent with lots of sun, high temperatures and very little rain...Ideal weather for vines! September was ideal, with sun and a North wind...right up until the end of harvesting.

    The harvest


    Started on September 7th with the Domaine's young vines. We stopped on the 8th, in the afternoon, and on the 9th to make the most of the very good weather conditions. We started again on the 10th and finished on September 16th.

    The grapes


    The grapes were magnificent, and hardly needed to be sorted. Yields were high, and are between those of 1999 and those of 2005.

    The red wines


    Rich, concentrated wines for a very fine vintage for ageing. Intense colours, powerful noses, full in the mouth with very present but harmonious substance, the wines are going to evolve serenely as time goes by.

    The white wines


    Beautiful ripeness combined with the characteristic freshness of the Arlot terroir come together and give us these powerful and opulent wines.

  • 2008

    The weather


    The season was marked with cold and dampness, heat and drought. After temperamental weather in August, it turned sunny mid-September and a beneficial North wind enabled the vines to dry.

    The harvest


    The first Chardonnay were picked on September 27th and harvesting ended with the old Pinot Noir vines on October 4th. This was a year marked by low yields.

    The grapes


    It was surprising to find out that the grapes were riper than measurements showed before harvesting. Once again, thanks to drastic, meticulous sorting, the grapes were of high quality.

    The red wines


    This promising top vintage has a very attractive style. With a deep colour, an exuberant nose, concentration and complexity, the wines already offer real pleasure. Their structure promises an attractive future.

    The white wines


    Beautifully ripe with a perfect edge of refreshing freshness and ideal balance, the wines express classic Burgundian character.

  • 2007

    The weather


    The year remains marked by unusual weather with a mild winter and a hot, dry spring. After May 15th the weather became cold and wet. Luckily the sun came back in September.

    The harvest


    The Pinot Noir began to be picked on August 31st in the sun. Paradoxically, the Chardonnay were picked last. On September 9th all the grapes were in the winery.

    The grapes


    Drastic sorting was necessary but ensured that only beautifully healthy grapes were kept, which meant that quality was good. Yields were average.

    The red wines


    The reds have made their choice and chosen elegance over strength. Fleshy and mellow, bursting with freshness, the soft fruit character is very much forward and an obvious pleasure.

    The white wines


    The whites have very fine natural balance and play on the harmony between the minerality and tension. Well-made, they give off beautiful elegance and end on a long finish.

  • 2006

    The weather


    A particularly chaotic and contrasting year, which leaves a memory of a snowy winter, a wet spring, and a summer which started off with a heatwave and ended up cold and damp, followed by mixed weather in September.

    The harvest


    Sunny weather when the whites were picked on September 18th and 19th and gloomier weather when the reds were picked from September 23rd to 28th, with ripeness which took a long time to become apparent.

    The grapes


    Very low yields. Strict sorting of the grapes during picking and in the winery meant that the grapes were of high quality. Yields were low despite the rain.

    The red wines


    Terribly seductive, they are developing bouquets which are both pure and complex, and undeniable energy. They combine richness and intensity and their tight, elegant texture is a sign of a very good future.

    The white wines


    Like the reds they have great aromatic complexity and the character of a top vintage shown through their balance between richness and precision.

  • 2005

    The weather


    A cold winter, a hesitant spring and a perfect summer with hot, but not excessive temperatures meant that conditions were ideal for the grapes to ripen.

    The harvest


    The long-lasting beautiful weather implied that it was possible to choose to harvest whenever was best, and wait for the grapes to be perfectly ripe. They were picked over a period from September 12th to 26th.

    The grapes


    The grapes were perfectly healthy and exceptionally ripe with thick skins...They were a perfect case to illustrate the potential of a very fine vintage.

    The red wines


    The wines quickly showed dark colours and astonishing length in the mouth. They are currently revealing intense bouquets, a tight, deep texture and elegance and class.

    The white wines


    The whites also made the most of the generous weather. Very charming, they are showing expressive richness and fleshiness, and undeniable potential.

  • 2004

    The weather


    Rain, hail, storms...There was a long spell of particularly temperamental weather which went on until the end of August. It was magnificent though for the whole of the month of September, which was truly beneficial for the harvest.

    The harvest


    The long period of bad weather meant that harvesting was delayed. It started on September 28th and ended on October 6th.

    The grapes


    The exceptional weather in September meant that the grapes were well-ripened and had a very good level of natural alcohol. Yields turned out to be slightly higher than normal.

    The red wines


    They are surprising due to their astonishing aromatic purity, crunchy fruit, and velvety tannins. Their beautiful ripeness has made charming, luscious reds.

    The white wines


    There is no doubt that they are an exceptional success. They are intense, precise, rich, mineral, round, fresh whites, which are complex and well-balanced. They have a glowing future.

  • 2003

    The weather


    Everyone remembers the heatwave which ignited summer. The great heat and drought lasted so long that they really made a mark on the vintage.

    The harvest


    Harvesting had never been so extremely early. Picking began with the whites on August 26th, and on September 4th, all the grapes had been picked.

    The grapes


    Small grapes with thick skins, and perfectly ripe stems and pips. A high-quality harvest but with very low yields, less than half the size of a normal crop.

    The red wines


    The heatwave has made powerful, rich wines which lacked acidity. After a period of doubt, the wines revealed themselves by expressing radiant ripeness and undeniable charm.

    The white wines


    The great heat has resulted in atypical wines, which are both rich and voluminous. Their acidity is holding up and the aromas are drifting towards scents of honey and exotic fruit. Drink young.

  • 2002

    The weather


    Particularly cold weather at the beginning of winter, quite a dry spring and summer, then hot weather and storms at the end of August. The weather turned fine on September 10th and lasted until harvesting.

    The harvest


    Lovely dry weather, good for ripeness. It was an ideal harvest, which took place from September 16th to 22nd.

    The grapes


    Yields were not very high, but the grapes had thick skins and their high levels of sugar showed that it was going to be a high-quality vintage.

    The red wines


    All of the reds are marked by delicious ripeness. The wines are generous and elegant and have a particular feel to them with very fine, very seductive, tannins.

    The white wines


    The ripe grapes have made fleshy whites with a solid base. Their richness and balance give them radiant pleasure which gets more assertive with age.

  • 2001

    The weather


    What strong contrasts there were with the weather : a rainy winter, a spring and beginning of summer which were damp and cold, and three weeks of hot weather in August. A lovely Indian summer ensured that the quality of the harvest was good.

    The harvest


    It was quite late and took place between September 24th and 30th with cold nights and lovely sun during the day.

    The grapes


    Rigorous sorting meant that the grapes that were brought back to the winery were perfectly healthy. It must be pointed out that yields were very low for vines hit by hail in May.

    The red wines


    Right from the start they have expressed a classical Burgundian style. The reds are encased in a beautiful structure, radiant balance and great distinction, and still have a good future.

    The white wines


    In the flush of their youth, the wines seem serious, or even austere. Today, the success of the vintage is expressed through their precision, tightness and minerality.

  • 2000

    The weather


    After a rather mild winter, spring was changeable, with alternating hot and cold spells which lasted right until the start of summer. After August 15th, hot weather with threatening storms speeded up the ripening of the grapes.

    The harvest


    Harvesting was very early, and started on September 12th and ended on the 19th. The weather turned fine and ensured that the grapes were healthy.

    The grapes


    All the right conditions were there to obtain a high-quality harvest. Yields were slightly above average and the well-ripened grapes showed a good level of natural alcohol.

    The red wines


    This year is characterized by deep colour and silky opulence revealing the ripeness of the grapes. Fleshy and charming, the reds express elegance and sensual pleasure.

    The white wines


    In this generous vintage, the traditional bouquet of citrus fruit gives over to aromas of flowers and spices. Rich and concentrated, the wines combine elegance and length.

  • 1999

    The weather


    The heavens were kind throughout the year. After a mild winter, spring was marked by a few storms but they did not affect the vines. A hot dry summer proved to be perfect for the ripeness of the grapes.

    The harvest


    Harvesting took place from September 17th to 25th and was marked by lots of sunshine, hardly interrupted by a few short showers.

    The grapes


    Healthy ripe grapes with generous yields...Everything came together to make this year an exceptional vintage.

    The red wines


    The magnificent reds are described by their dark colours, obvious maturity, and fleshy tannins. Their sumptuous bouquets are made up of red and black fruit, spices and leather. The wines express all their power, richness and elegance.

    The white wines


    Complex, and intensely charming, these wines combine pleasure and seduction.

  • 1998

    The weather


    Rain and hail during flowering...Days of scorching heat in August. After a rainy start to September, the sun returned...

    The harvest


    Not a cloud in the sky and very sunny. Picking started on September 18th and finished on the 25th in excellent conditions.

    The grapes


    The strong heat during August left its mark. The berries which had been dried by the sun were removed, and the grapes proved to be of good quality, with yields which were average for the domaine.

    The red wines


    When young, the reds were assertive and had a tight, classical style around a voluminous structure. With maturity they asserted the distinction of their terroir around tannins which have now softened.

    The white wines


    Rich and full, the 1998 whites show themselves to be fleshy and charming. Their acidity is not very high but their sensuality and elegance make them seductive.


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