Saturday, January 2, 2016

Domaine de l'Arlot (Prémeaux-Prissey) -- 2014s Tasted from Cask and Tank

2014 is a transitional vintage in some ways at Domaine de l’Arlot: Jacques Devauges, who had been the technical director for several years, fermented the wines in 2014 but left on January 1, 2015 to go to Clos de Tart where he is now succeeding Sylvain Pitiot as the technical director there. Géraldine Godot in turn moved from Alex Gambal to replace Devagues as technical director at Domaine de l’Arlot and has been responsible for raising the wines. Despite these changes, there is great continuity and the wines remain in the style that was established before Devauges’s arrival under Olivier Leriche and the vintage shows well.

The whites here were harvested on 11, 13, and 14 September. The harvest for the reds began on 17 September. Mme Godot said that the quantity was above 2013, but at 30 hl/ha was still below a normal harvest.

There was a little hail in Vosne-Romanée but none in the Nuits vineyards. Other than a few selected cuvées, there was not a lot of sorting to do. The malolactics were early – 90% finished by Christmas.

The estate is certified organic and it practices biodynamic methods but is not  certified as such. (Continue reading here.)