THE WINES OF DOMAINE ARLAUD
The story behind Domaine Arlaud proliferates the legend that all great domaines in Burgundy begin with a love story between a French man and a woman. During the second World War, Joseph Arlaud met Renée Amiot, a Burgundian woman whose family owned a few parcels of land in the Côtes de Nuits, which included famed vineyards by the name of Clos St. Denis and Bonnes Mares. The two fell in love and married. As a wedding gift, they were given part of the family vineyards, including the famed Clos St. Denis and Bonnes Mares. Domaine Arlaud was born.
In 1982, Joseph passed the reins of the domaine to his son, Hervé. Hervé first move was to immediately expand the estate by purchasing excellent vineyard blocks in Morey St. Denis and surrounding areas. Joseph’s son, Hervé Arlaud, took over the estate in 1982 and expanded the domaine with purchases of prime vineyards, mostly in their home village of Morey St. Denis. In 1997,Hervé retired and passed the domaine to his son, Cyprien.
Cyprien Arlaud's winemaking goals are simple - stay steadfast in an unwavering vision of crafting pure, benchmark Burgundy. He slowly converted the vineyards to biodynamic farming that included ploughing all the domaines by horse. As he states, “It’s hard to get good grapes from vines planted on a cement highway.” Horse drawn ploughs are the most effective way of loosening the soil. Coincidently, his sister Bertille has become one of the most important horse ploughers in all of France. With her two horses Nougat and Okapi, she ploughs every single vineyard herself, while also ploughing and training horses for many top estates across the country. In the cellar, intervention is kept to a minimum. Cyprien's focus is to make elegant wines with lower levels of extraction. He has dramatically reduced the use of new wood in all his wines. His Bourgogne Rouge will see zero ageing time in new wood. The rest of his wines will see a maximum of 30% new wood. The cellar in Morey St. Denis is one of the coldest in the Côtes de Nuits, helping Cyprien pursue a slow, non-interventionist vinification, with minimal use of SO2. All of his wines are also bottled unfined and unfiltered.
Over the last 20 years, Cyprien Arlaud has transformed his family's domaine into one of the best addresses in the Cote de Nuit and most respected producer of Charmes Chambertin, Gevrey Chambertin, Chambolle Musigny and Morey Saint Denis. This is one of the most exciting domaines in all of Burgundy.
In good taste,
Certified biodynamic. 100% Gevrey-Chambertin - Roncevie is a lieu-dit that was until 1964 Gevrey-Chambetin Villages. Half is still Gevrey Villages, the other declassified purely for political reasons. A stone's throw from Griottes-Chambertin. 50+ year old ... more
in mixed case $30.40
From a vineyard that is 300m west of Romanée-Conti - right on the border of Vosne-Romanée. Many of Vosne's elite growers have vines here. Same high density plantings as used in Vosne - allows vines ... more
in mixed case $28.50
A very rocky vineyard that runs north to south. Part of the band of 1er cru Nuits Saint Georges that should be Grand Cru. Sits just below 1er Perrières - considered a top cru. 40+ ... more
in mixed case $75.05
in mixed case $68.40
40+ year old vines, Aged in barrel (15% new). more
in mixed case $57.95
Aged in oak barrels for 14 to 18 months. Use of racking during ageing. 25 to 30% new oak. Bottling at the domaine without fining or filtration according to the rhythms of the moon. more
in mixed case $78.85