Just to recap, this wine was previously labelled Le Petit Arlot, and is drawn from the vines at the very top of Clos de l’Arlot. There was no 2016 vintage. This ‘cadastre’ has a particular terroir: steeper, with a blend of white and pink limestone and chalky clay soils. In fact the terroir here resembles the Gerbotte site, and the vines ripen a few days earlier than their counterparts in the more clay-rich soils in the bottom part of the Clos. With the vines here now old enough to produce wines of Premier Cru stature (in fairness it has probably done so for a few years now), from 2015 l’Arlot has taken the decision to elevate the fruit from these vines to their rightful status.
The 2017 was completely de-stemmed as has become customary, and raised with 35% new oak, yielding an absolutely beautiful, red-fruited example of red Burgundy—very Prémeaux. It’s already drinking so well. Beautiful and perfumed with a vibrant, driven, sappy close. Lovely.
'This comes from the upper part of the amphitheatre and is effectively the second wine of the Clos de l’Arlot. No whole bunches used. Pure red with lighter rim, some density of mid red fruit and a little bit of blood orange. Soft and sweetly ripe fruit on the palate, the structure covered by the oak for the moment, but the wine is not dried out. A gentle but finely balanced wine. Tasted: November 2018.' - Jasper Morris, Inside Burgundy
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