Le Petit Arlot Nuits Saint Georges 2008 - Wine


Le Petit Arlot Nuits Saint Georges
Le Petit Arlot Nuits Saint Georges

The Style of the Wine

This is above all a Nuits Saint Georges marked by its origin in the terroir of the Clos de l'Arlot. It already has its characteristics: a very aromatic nose with touches of flowers, spices and tobacco. Soft and delicate, it distinguishes itself by its finesse, freshness and elegance. It is a wine for pleasure with a maturity and characteristic crispness and reveals itself with sincerity and simplicity.

The Terroir

The Petit Arlot comes from the youngest Clos de l'Arlot rouge vines which were planted from 1998 to 2000). It could naturally claim the appellation Nuits Saint Georges premier Cru. However the Domaine has chosen to classify it under the appellation Nuits Saint Georges Village, to give time for the roots to reach down deep into the subsoil and for it to fully express all the elegance and fullness of this great terroir. Located in the upper part of the Clos, the soil is not very deep and lies on hard Premeaux limestone and white oolite.

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A microclimate The level of ripeness is always high in this part of the Clos de l'Arlot. This is because the Petit Arlot lies above a natural amphitheatre and under a wall 2 m high. These local topographical factors maximize sunshine right from sunrise and all through the day. The vines ripen a few days earlier than their counterparts at the bottom of the Clos and we often start off with this plot when picking the reds.

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.


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