2009 Domaine de l'Arlot Romanee St.-Vivant Grand Cru

Year: 2009
Appellation: Cote de Nuits
Country: France
Wine Advocate: 94-96
Vinous Media: 92
Burghound: 93-95
Red Wine
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"The 2009 Romanee St. Vivant is a showstopper. Dark, powerful and inward, the wine gradually emerges from its shell to reveal a gorgeous core of fruit. This is an especially opulent, intense St. Vivant built on fruit more than aromatics. It will require considerable patience, but is shaping up to be a jewel. Leriche used 100% whole clusters here. Anticipated maturity: 2024-2044.

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)

"(from a yield of 36 hectoliters per hectare, according to Leriche) Deep red with ruby highlights. Reticent aromas of raspberry, chocolate and nutty oak; not quite the high notes today of the Suchots. Then almost surprisingly bright and highly concentrated on the palate, with terrific palate-staining intensity to the flavors of dark berries and cocoa powder. A rather powerful, youthfully aggressive wine that really stains the palate on the long, ripely tannic finish. This is likely to require extended bottle aging. Leriche believes his 2009s are balanced for long-term aging. "But they're not overly big wines, and they should drink earlier than the 2005s," he added." (IWC)

"Leriche told me that 2009 produced the best grapes that he had ever seen from this parcel. As is usually the case, this is the most elegant, the most complex and spiciest nose that also reflects notes of red berry, rose petal and hoisin, which is in keeping with the seductively textured, intense and unusually powerful flavors that possess excellent depth of material and huge length. This is a relatively big wine for the appellation though it's not especially structured and should drink well a decade or so from now." (BH)