The Style of the Wine
The finesse and elegance of this wine convey an irresistible impression of immediate pleasure. It starts off with a radiant, complex bouquet with a combination of notes of raspberries, red currants, cherries and strawberries with floral nuances. The dialogue continues in the mouth with the discovery of a red wine with a delicate, elegant structure and good underlying concentration. This is a well-balanced wine with supple tannins which wins one over with its never-ending length, which emphasizes the red fruit flavours.
The originality of this precious terroir appears to be its diversity. The two hectares of Clos de l'Arlot rouge which surround the historic house illustrate in fact two types of ground, which are more or less deep and more or less steep. The complexity of this wine comes from the combination of the different ground it comes from.
- The two terroirs
At the bottom of the slope the old Pinot Noir vines are on marly limestone; at the top, on the plateau, stones mixed with clay have been found to help ripeness and are currently planted with young vines.
- Harvesting made to measure
The grapes are sorted twice: in the vineyard and then again on the sorting table. The grapes are left whole and are put into vats using gravity and then left to carry out their enzymatic process of maturation. They end up splitting naturally after a few days; their juice is freed and this sets off the alcoholic fermentation.
- Only a selection of grapes from the old vines is used to make the Clos de l'Arlot. The fruit from the younger vines is reserved for Le Petit Arlot.
The delicate and precise nose reveals notes of blackcurrant, crushed strawberry and rose petals. The palate is elegant with silky tannins, a hint of graphite and a blend of black and red fruits that give it great class.
With an impressive persistence in the mouth, this Clos de l'Arlot has an incredible depth and will benefit from several years in the bottle.
Vintages come and go, and no two are alike. The winter of 2015-16 was the warmest since 1900. The seasons were displaced, with winter temperatures arriving in March, three months late. The night of 26 to 27 April was a turning point: frost struck the shoots and first leaves. After abundant rainfall during the first six months, summer arrived in July and the onset of ripening began in mid-August with conditions that were at last dry, allowing the grapes to finish maturing in September.
The harvest took place from 27th September to 2nd October.
July was salutary and allowed recovery from the rainy weather with conditions that were favourable for good grape maturity. Despite a low yield, the 2016 vintage is of good quality; this was a happy outcome given the difficult climatic conditions at the beginning of the season.