Domaine Arlaud Gevrey-Chambertin / 2017 / 375mL
Domaine Arlaud was created by Joseph Arlaud, originally from the Ardèche, in the years after World War II.
He was succeeded by his son Hervé, not yet fully retired though he has handed over the running of the domaine to his children.
Cyprien has been there since 1998, his brother Romain since 2004, while sister Bertille manages the two Auxois horses used to plough four hectares of their own vineyards and a similar amount for other domaines.
Farming has been organic since 2004.
The Arlauds have retained an attractive cellar in Nuits-St-Georges but the vinification and élévage take place in modern cellars below the main road in Morey. Cyprien Arlaud’s techniques might be described as 'modern classic': vibrating sorting table, 100 per cent destalking, cool pre-maceration, pumping over, and a varying proportion of new wood from 20 per cent for village wines to between 40 per cent (Clos de la Roche) and 100 per cent (Clos St-Denis) for the grands crus.
The family's natural winemaking -- certified organic/biodynamic -- is no frivolous claim.
Their leading organic role, supported by disciplined vineyard practices, has also influenced how the best estates in Burgundy tend their own.
Tastings Notes: The supple, round and strikingly refined, indeed even silky flavors possess focused power and punch while offering outstanding length on the dusty, palate coating and mildly austere finale. This is an exercise in harmony and refinement.