The Style of the Wine
Finesse, richness, complexity and harmony all come together and unite to show how complete this exceptional wine is. An iron hand in a velvet glove, it describes the fullness of the Pinot Noir with exceptional distinction, expressing a taut nervosity before resonating with richness and elegance. Its aromas evolve harmoniously with age. When young, the wine offers floral notes mingled with raspberry, morello cherries and blackcurrant. With time the aromas evolve and develop towards spices, liquorice, undergrowth and leather.
Between Romanée Saint Vivant, Echézeaux and Richebourg...this vineyard neighbours on a few of the greatest wines in the world. A number of respected experts consider Les Suchots to be among the very finest 1st Crus from Vosne Romanée.
- An exceptional village
Vosne Romanée houses incredible terroirs with a line up of the top red wines of Burgundy: Romanée-Conti, Richebourg, Romanée, Romanée Saint Vivant, La Tâche, Echézeaux, Grands-Echézeaux... So many names which make the greatness of the Pinot Noir resound through extremely elegant wines.
- The fullness of the Pinot Noir
You need to know how to wait for this Vosne Romanée Les Suchots, as time gives it a sheen and an exceptional feel. The brief impression of austerity during its youth fades, the tannins soften and the wine becomes rounder... Maturity gives it sensuality and elegance.
- No pumps
Domaine de l'Arlot has chosen to use gravity for the vinification of its wines. Only the laws of gravity are used right from the arrival of the grapes to the flowing of the wine into casks. By avoiding the use of pumps, the profound nature of the grapes and must is preserved. The fruit character of the wine is made keener and tighter.
On the nose, Les Suchots 2016 presents a refined, elegant and sweet bouquet with notes of wild strawberry, raspberry jam and cranberry. Subtle tobacco aromas are revealed on airing. The palate is splendid and spicy with the graphite notes characteristic of 2016. The palate combines complexity and length. The clean and precise finish suggests 7 to 10 years in the bottle to fulfill its potential.
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.