The appellation Côte de Nuits-Villages covers vines across five villages: Fixin, Brochon, Prémeaux, Comblanchien and Corgoloin. This wine however comes only from a single, 1.6 hectare site called Clos du Chapeau, another monopole of Domaine de l’Arlot, located in Comblanchien (just south of Nuits). It’s a hat-shaped plot (hence the name) where the soil has plenty of limestone gravel eroded from the hills above. The vines were planted between 1987 and 1991.
The 2017 is a pretty and vivid expression of this site, brimming with joyful, tangy red cherry fruit and spice, but with lovely, seductive flesh as well. The nose is still throwing some oak spice but the palate is oh-so -pure. It will age but is already a lovely drink. In the context of today’s Burgundy, it’s a bargain.
'Bottled just before the harvest. 15% whole bunch only. Pure pink purple with an engaging light fresh cherry fruit on the nose. Quite good tension here and this will make an elegant wine with some good persistence. Tasted: November 2018' - Jasper Morris, Inside Burgundy
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