Domaine Arlaud Grand Cru Clos Saint-Denis
The Grand Cru plot of Clos Saint-Denis sits in the heart of the Morey-St-Denis Grand Crus bordered on four sides by Les Chaffots, Le Fremières, Le Chabiots and Maison Brûlée.
After an initial selection in the vineyard, the grapes are de-stemmed, but not crushed. After a maceration period, the fermentation is permitted to start naturally and runs for at least 20 days. Pumping is minimized throughout the winemaking process, relying instead on gravity. During the fermentation period, the cap is seldom, if ever, punched down. After the pressing, the free run juice is age separately from the press wine. The use of sulphur dioxide in minimized.
'There is excellent verve and freshness to the sleek, detailed and almost painfully intense medium weight flavours that are more refined but less powerful while delivering better overall depth if not necessarily better length.'
92-94 points, Allen Meadows (ww.burghound.com), Jan 2018.
'Very dark red with ruby tones. The first wine among these 2016s that shows more black than red fruit character, but quite perfumed as well owing to its notes of liquorice, rose and lavender. Dense, sappy and pure on the palate, conveying an exhilarating sugar/acid balance even if the wine is less expressive today than the Clos de la Roche. But this taut, energetic wine boasts a tightly coiled spring in the context of this collection. Finishes with a whiplash of a finish, the dark fruit and floral flavours outlasting the late-arriving fine tannins. This superb wine is going to need a minimum of five or six years of cellaring upon release. The yield here was below 35 hectoliters per hectare without any frost losses, according to Arlaud.'
93-95 points, Stephen Tanzer (www.vinous.com), Jan 2018.
'The 2016 Clos St Denis Grand Cru has a little more whole bunch than the Clos de la Roche at 30%, matured in three one-year-old barrels. It has a more harmonious and fragrant bouquet than the aforementioned grand cru: red berries, kirsch, hints of Seville orange marmalade and fresh dates. The palate is medium-bodied with sweet, ripe tannin, well-judged acidity, red fruit at first merging with black fruit leading to quite a structured but not imposing finish. It will deserve several years in bottle but it will be worth the wait.'
93-95 points, Neal Martin, Dec 2017.
Diversity is to be expected as each Grand Cru has its own personality. To the eye, this wine is plain ruby, sometimes a bit darker. Veiled in strawberry and violet, the Clos de Tart offers both robustness and charm. Quite tannic when young, it softens with age while gaining in complexity. The Clos des Lambrays is a true aristocrat, fully rounded in youth and with added depth and gravity as the years go by. The Clos Saint-Denis impresses by its finely-tuned nuances – this wine is the Mozart of the Côte de Nuits. The Clos de la Roche is firmer, deeper and more serious, closely akin to Chambertin. Aromas of humus and truffle are often precursors to notes of small red or black fruits. A small part of the Bonnes-Mares appellation lies in this commune, but the greater part is in Chambolle-Musigny.