Anyone who has Burgundy loving relatives at close proximity will know they often take their own wine to parties in their jacket pockets and can sometimes be found straining ancient bottles through coffee filters to ‘resurrect them’.
One Burgundy Domaine that has been (relatively) recently resurrected is Domaine de l’Arlot in the ‘more masculine’ Cotes de Nuits, owned by AXA and run by the charming Christian Seely.
An eye to modernising, whilst retaining the classic French Pinot Noir and Chardonnay characters and class that Burghounds love, has pushed Domaine de l’Arlot back onto the critics’ radar.
Domaine de l’Arlot winemaker Jacques Devauges, Christian Seely and their engaging team held a dinner this week at central London restaurant Lutyens (named after the famous architect).
Just three highlights from the dinner were:
Clos des Forets Saint Georges Monopole 2011 (milieu), Nuits Saint Georges 1er Cru. From the middle of the slope of the acclaimed clos, one of the component blends of the Monopole wine – a lovely, soft, fragrant, pretty, gentle element bringing harmony to the earthy, smooth bas and the mineral, elegant haut plots. Details of the Clos des Forets wines here.
Romanée Saint Vivant 2011, Grand Cru. A big name, worthy of its fame. Some clever winemaking here shows the floral yet taut and linear character with the upright structure of an irksome vintage: the happy result of sharing the name Romanée, one of the most famous in the wine world. An accomplished wine, to be proud of producing.
Clos des Forets Saint Georges Monopole 1999, Nuits Saint Georges 1er Cru. If there were any doubt that Pinot Noir is one of the longest-living grape varieties, Burgundy proves the point. As with your errant teenage offspring of the same age, this is a lively and likeable wine with that endearing, erotic Burgundy tang, locally called ‘hare’s belly’.
To buy Domaine de l’Arlot in London and the UK, see Goodhuis. To embark upon on your voyage of love of Burgundy wines, visit excellent local shops Handfords in South Kensington and Roberson at the southern end of Kensington High Street.
To read Christian Seely‘s blog, see here.
For bookings at restaurant Lutyens, in central London’s Fleet Street, see the website.
(photo – Ianier67 / Flickr Creative Commons)