2020 yields in Burgundy were down significantly. Demand for good 2020 Burgundies is high; for great 2020 Burgundies, demand is off the charts.
Can you keep a secret?
Once a year we receive a tiny allocation of Arlaud's exceptional Roncevie Bourgogne, which we put in the great category. It is a 100% Gevrey-Chambertin and the best-kept secret in Burgundy.
Isn't Gevrey-Chambertin supposed to be on the label?
Generally, yes. But....
"Roncevie" is a lieu-dit (vineyard) in the heart of Gevrey-Chambertin. In 1964, when the Gevrey appellation was reduced in size, the Arlaud family's parcel was declassified to Bourgogne Rouge simply because the family was from Morey and not Gevrey.
The surrounding "Roncevie" vineyards which encompass Arlaud's parcel, remain classified as Gevrey-Chambertin. (French inheritance laws require land to be split among heirs.). Those surrounding domaines are permitted to put the prestigious village name on their labels. To add insult to injury, Domaine Arlaud's Roncevie parcel is a stone’s throw from Griottes-Chambertin, where all of the Grand Crus are found.
Stunning aromatics of rose petal, wild raspberries, and underbrush. The palate offers succulent red and dark cherry, wild strawberry, and orange rind. The fruit is lush, but not overripe. It has a lovely texture with fine, dusty tannins. This sensational vintage offers loads of energy and verve and an endless finish.
This hidden gem is simply stunning! Year after year, Burgundy fans seek out these under the radar parcels, hidden within and among the prestigious appellations.
It is a beautifully made, artisanal wine that happens to be farmed organically; even the plows are still pulled by horseback.
This is one of the best-kept secrets in Burgundy. Quantities imported are referenced in bottles, not cases.
Let's keep this our little secret.
Quantities are limited.