“Terroir or vintage” what comes first?

Patrick Sauze from Lynch / Le Benaton presents fascinating verticals of the Nuits Saint Georges Monopole vineyards “Clos Des Forets Saint Georges” owned by Domaine de l’Arlot.

“The vine is a scholar among plants. It records everything. In the middle of a windless January night, it outfaces the cold stars… It is there, recording, for the dewy hour before dawn on a limpid June day; and in the fierce heat of a white August noon. The grapevine, seule dans la règne végétal as Colette puts it, has the ability to lend those annual records a sensual print. It does this by making grapes, which become wine.

Patrick Sauze

When the hurly-burly of vinification is over, and provided the chemical composition of the grape juice has not been altered, then a drinker can smell and taste everything that has happened to the vine in the course of its season, and the precise place in which it finds itself on the earth’s surface. This is the chief source of joy and astonishment to thoughtful wine drinkers. This is how, in drinking a wine, you can shake the hand of a mountain. This is terroir.” – A quote from Andrew Jefford on terroir.

The typical tasting experience of a Burgundy amateur, who visits a vigneron, brings him to the cellar where often the grower explains how his various terroirs compare, while sampling his latest vintage from the barrels. Once we have set our preference for this or that clos, we sometimes indulge in a vertical tasting, taking note of what we should open first. Would our initial preference for a specific terroir change on various vintages? This is what we are about to explore.

Confirmed Wines
Domaine De L’Arlot Nuits Saint Georges Premier Cru “Clos Des Forets Saint Georges” Monopole 2008
Domaine De L’Arlot Nuits Saint Georges Premier Cru “Clos Des Forets Saint Georges” Monopole 2007
Domaine De L’Arlot Nuits Saint Georges Premier Cru “Clos Des Forets Saint Georges” Monopole 2006
Domaine De L’Arlot Nuits Saint Georges Premier Cru “Clos Des Forets Saint Georges” Monopole 2005
Domaine De L’Arlot Nuits Saint Georges Premier Cru “Clos Des Forets Saint Georges” Monopole 1999
Domaine De L’Arlot Nuits Nuits Saint Georges Premier Cru Clos de l’Arlot “Monopole” 2008
Domaine De L’Arlot Nuits Nuits Saint Georges Premier Cru Clos de l’Arlot “Monopole” 2007
Domaine De L’Arlot Nuits Nuits Saint Georges Premier Cru Clos de l’Arlot “Monopole” 2006
Domaine De L’Arlot Nuits Nuits Saint Georges Premier Cru Clos de l’Arlot “Monopole” 2005
Domaine De L’Arlot Nuits Nuits Saint Georges Premier Cru Clos de l’Arlot “Monopole” 1999

Burghound Tasting note: Domaine de l’Arlot Nuits St.-Georges “Clos-des-Forêts St. Georges” – Comments: Outstanding – Score: 92
“A slightly riper nose of plum, anise, warm earth and violets combines with big and exceptionally rich sleekly muscled flavors that possess excellent volume on the mid-palate and plenty of sève to balance off the firmly structured but velvety and superbly long finish. This is very masculine in style, indeed even robust and slightly rustic yet it carries itself with balanced grace.”

Burghound Tasting note: Domaine de l’Arlot Nuits St.-Georges “Clos de l’Arlot” – Comments: Outstanding – Score: 92
“Mild reduction detracts from the otherwise ripe aromas of plum and red pinot fruit where there is also a trace of vegetal that gives way to rich, full and sweet flavors that remain pure and refined on the sappy, dusty and obviously mineral-infused, firm and beautifully balanced finish. This is quite linear at present and will need time to flesh out and I would strongly suggest decanting this first if you’re going to try one young to dissipate the reduction.”

2:15pm to 3:15pm, 9th April 2011 at St. Regis Hotel, Boardroom 2. SGD$80 per person.

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