2014 Domaine de l'Arlot, "Clos du Chapeau" Cote de Nuits Villages

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Press and Tasting Notes

This monopole from Burgundy is a wonderful Pinot Noir with its old vines producing a deeply colored and aromatic wine, with hints of plums and chocolate. It has wonderful concentration and length with a meaty, silky texture. Less than 500 cases made. This is a producer to have in your cellar as he is aggressively pursuing vines in Burgundy's pri ... Read More »

A Merchant's Pick


Featured February 17, 2009

THE REVIEW

Owning a monopole in Burgundy is a rare feat, but owning three is off the charts.
    Thanks to Napoleonic inheritance laws in Burgundy, property must be divided among heirs and then again to their heirs and so on and so forth resulting in a tangled web of ownership.
    A monopole on the other hand is a single vineyard owned by a single owner whether by familial consent or methodical accumulation of a vineyard as land comes for sale. To put things in perspective, Domaine Romanee Conti (the icon of Burgundy) only has two monopoles, while Domaine de l'Arlot is the proud owner of three and Clos du Chapeau is one of those three.
    But enough talk about the history, the real story is that the 2006 Domaine de l'Arlot Clos du Chapeau is downright delicious. This special wine shows classic Pinot Noir dark cherry color leading to aromas of earth, cherry pie, rose petals, baking spices and a hint of vanilla. On the palate, the wine reveals wonderful red fruit with bright raspberry and currant flavors and good inner-mouth energy and finishes with supple, ripe tannins.
    Only 500 cases of this rare wine is made each year. Pair with lamb, duck and salmon. You can enjoy now or put down for 6-9 years. Read More »

Region

Burgundy

Wine has been made in Burgundy for over 2,000 years.  The monks were responsible for first identifying specific plots of lands as superior to others; this hierarchy later became the basis for the region’s classification system. ... Read More »