2009 Domaine de l'Arlot Nuits-St.-Georges Clos des Forets 1er Cru Monopole 375 ml

Year: 2009
Appellation: Cote de Nuits
Country: France
Wine Advocate: 92-94
Vinous Media: 91
Burghound: 91-93
Red Wine
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"The 2009 Nuits St. Georges Clos des Forets Saint Georges is a huge, brooding wine. Smoke, tar, incense and wild cherries are some of the nuances that emerge from this muscular, intense Burgundy. The fruit builds with notable drive towards the unstoppable finish. This will require considerable patience, but it is strikingly beautiful. Leriche used 95% whole clusters here. I tasted a blend from five different barrels, each consisting of fruit from vineyards of different ages. Anticipated maturity: 2019-2034.

Domaine de L’Arlot has been an organic estate for ten years. In 2009 Olivier Leriche began harvesting on September 7 and ended around the 15th. The wines were vinified with a higher than normal percentage of whole clusters and spent 20-25 days on the skins. I tasted most of the 2009s from barrel. Leriche planned to bottle the wines with no fining or filtration. I also tasted a handful of 2008s. The 2008s were bottled between April and July 2010 (a bit on the late side because of the lengthy malos) with no fining or filtration." (WA)

"(100% vendange entier Good deep red. Wilder, darker aromas of black fruits, coffee, mocha, minerals and spices. Very rich, dense and creamy, but with excellent energy giving shape and grip to the raspberry, pepper and meat flavors. A step up in concentration from the foregoing samples. Finishes with big, dusty, fine tannins and superb persistence. An outstanding vintage in the making for this cuvee" (IWC)

"A slightly riper nose grudgingly offers up pure aromas of red and blue pinot fruit, dried rose petal and earth that introduce rich, full-bodied and impressively intense flavors that possess excellent volume on the notably more structured yet impeccably well-balanced finish. This should be terrific but patience will be required." (BH)