2010 Domaine de l'Arlot Nuits-St.-Georges Clos des Forets 1er Cru Monopole 1.5 L

Year: 2010
Appellation: Cote de Nuits
Country: France
Wine Advocate: 93-95
Vinous Media: 89-92
Burghound: 91-93
Red Wine
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"The 2010 Nuits St. Georges Clos des Forets St.-Georges is striking. Freshly cut flowers, spices and red berries are some of the many notes that are woven together. Though deceptively understated at first, the Forets St-Georges has plenty of underlying Nuits structure. A crystalline, totally pure finish laced with rose petals, spices and licorice wraps around the palate in stunning style. 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)

"(vinified with 80% whole clusters): Good deep red-ruby. Wild black raspberry, smoky minerality and a hint of peppery spices on the complex, soil-driven nose. Fat and sweet, with very good depth to its flavors of dark raspberry, smoke and minerals. Still a bit chocolatey, but the stems give the wine good supporting energy. Finishes very long and subtle, with substantial tannins." (IWC)

" This is also strongly reduced yet like the Clos de l'Arlot, the floral nuances are also evident through the reductive funk. This is quite serious, even brooding with rich, dense and powerful medium weight plus flavors that possess more prominent tannins and outstanding length on the mouth coating, dusty, austere and impressively long finish. This will require plenty of cellar time to arrive at its apogee but should be well worth the wait." (BH)