2010 Domaine de l'Arlot Nuits-St.-Georges Clos de l' Arlot 1er Cru Monopole

Year: 2010
Appellation: Cote de Nuits
Country: France
Wine Advocate: 93-95
Vinous Media: 88-91
Burghound: 90-92
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 13.0%
Price :
$79.95
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"The 2010 Nuits St. Georges Clos de L’Arlot is another massive, implosive wine that is holding back much of its potential. While the bouquet is a bit reticent, the wine’s focus impresses. The 2010 boasts tremendous intensity and raw power, it just needs time for all of the elements to fully harmonize. Anticipated maturity: 2020-2030.

I was struck by the sheer beauty of the wines I tasted at Domaine de l’Arlot. The 2010s are stunning, while the 2009s are among the most structured wines of that year. Notes on the domaine’s 2009s will be published in the April issue. The 2010s are also the last wines made by Olivier Leriche, who left the domaine after the 2011 harvest. Leriche was replaced by Jacques Devauges, whose previous experience includes time at Frederic Magnien and Domaine de la Vougeraie. As is the case throughout the region, 2010 is a vintage marked by the devastating December frost, an irregular flowering caused by poor weather and continuing bad weather throughout the summer. Yields were down 30-40% across the board. The wines, however, are stunning, and I urge readers to check them out." (WA)

"Moderately saturated medium red. Musky aromas of dark raspberry, smoke and minerals, lifted by a peppery note. Fat and creamy in the mouth, a step up in density and energy from the Petit Arlot (85-87), which is from young vines in the lower portion of the Clos des Forets Saint-Georges. In a chocolatey, silky style for the vintage, and long and ripely tannic on the aftertaste." (IWC)

"Here too there is relatively strong reduction but not so much so that glimpses of floral notes cannot be noticed. The middle weight flavors are notably supple with quite refined tannins and the same admirable mid-palate concentration, all wrapped in an overtly austere yet delicious and solidly complex finish. I find this understated and rather Cistercian effort to be lovely but it may not be to everyone's taste as the youthful austerity is not subtle." (BH)