Le Petit Arlot Nuits Saint Georges 2011 - 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.

Tasting Note

Ruby-red robe. Crisp nose of ripe dark berries and subtle spices. Good body and energy, capturing the pleasant, tender character of these young vines. (March 2013)

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.


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