2009 Domaine de l'Arlot Vosne-Romanee Les Suchots 1er Cru

Year: 2009
Appellation: Cote de Nuits
Country: France
Wine Advocate: 93-95
Vinous Media: 91
Burghound: 91-93
Red Wine
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"The 2009 Vosne-Romanee Les Suchots is all class and elegance from start to finish. Sweet, silky tannins frame layers of dark fruit as this sensual, dazzling wine opens up in the glass. There is remarkable nuance and clarity in the fruit, while the aromatics lace all of the elements together. This captivating, harmonious wine is totally irresistible. Anticipated maturity: 2019-2029.

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)

"(racked in September) Bright dark red. Sexy aromas of tangy dark berries, Oriental spices, cocoa powder, espresso and flowers. Then creamy but quite closed in the mouth; less expressive today than the Forets Saint-Georges, with hints of dark raspberry and strawberry. But this boasts lovely sweetness and verve." (IWC)

"An elegant, pure and ultra spicy nose is both quite floral and high-toned with primarily red berry fruit aromas in evidence. The seductively textured and wonderfully intense flavors display a subtle mineral-streak that extends to the naturally sweet, long and palate staining finish. This is not as tight as the Forêts and should drink well a few years earlier." (BH)