red burgundy

Burgundy (Red)

Pinot Noir, grown on the gentle slopes of the Côte d'Or, produces arguably the greatest red wines of the world. It is here more than in any other region that the skill of the traditional merchant is tested - the grand châteaux of Bordeaux with all their size and fame give way to a plethora of small, mainly family owned, domaines where vineyard, cellar and office work is all undertaken by members of the family, with perhaps a handful of employees at certain times of year. Of course there are big firms too - the famous négociants of Beaune and Nuit St Georges (Bouchard Père et Fils and Faiveley for example) - but here too, the greatest wines come from their own vineyards.

Because of the Napoleonic inheritance laws, the pattern of vineyard ownership is constantly changing as land passes from generation to generation, and many domaines, though only a few hectares in size, may make as many as 15 or 20 different wines, often in miniscule quantities of a barrel or two. The system of labelling can also appear confusing as the wine takes its name from its appellation rather than (as in Bordeaux) from the producer. So although in the small print, the most important piece of information on a bottle of Burgundy is the name of the producer. In part for this reason, and in part because the wine is made from a single grape variety with therefore no possibility of adjusting blends where the strength of one variety can compensate for the weakness of another, the potential for disappointment is greater than is the case in Bordeaux.

When everything falls into place however, a truly great red Burgundy is a wonderful thing.




Domaine Arnoux Lachaux

This outstanding 14.5 hectare estate is run by Pascal Lachaux and his son Charles. Charles has increasing influence over the winemaking, and since the 2012 vintage there has been a greater use of whole bunch pressing (in preference to 100% de-stemming).  Father and son make a brilliant team, and the position of this domaine among the greats of the Côte de Nuits is assured.

 
Arnoux Lachaux cellar

Red

 
 
DRINK DATE
UNITS/CASE
IN-BOND
INCL. VAT 
2011 Nuits St Georges 1er Cru Clos des Corvées Pagets, Domaine Arnoux Lachaux x 6
 2015-2021
 6 Bottles
£345.00
£429.00
"This is also exceptionally fresh though much more restrained with a beautifully well-layered nose of red berry fruit, earth and a hint of spice. There is a wonderfully seductive character to the rich and velvety middle weight flavors that manage to retain a fine sense of precision on the mouth coating and vibrant finish. This should mature gracefully and require the better part of a decade to be at its best. 90-92" Allen Meadows 
2012 Nuits St Georges 1er Cru Procès, Domaine Arnoux Lachaux x 6
 2015-2021
 6 Bottles
£300.00
£375.00
"An exceptionally fresh, pure and airy nose offers up notes of relatively elegant red currant aromas that enjoy added breadth in the form of floral, spice, earth and just enough wood influence to notice. There is good density and fine complexity to the medium weight flavors that possess lovely balance and length. This is sufficiently supple that it will be approachable young but the fine but dense tannins are such that this will require at least a decade of cellar time to realize its full potential. 90-92" Allen Meadows in Burghound 
2012 Nuits St Georges 1er Cru Clos des Corvées Pagets, Domaine Arnoux Lachaux x 6
 2016-2023
 6 Bottles
£345.00
£429.00
"Very mild reduction does not completely obliterate the floral character and the underlying fruit seems quite ripe as well. As is usually the case the supporting structure here is notably finer than that of the Les Procès which imparts a refined mouth feel to the middle weight flavors. I like the underlying sense of tension and particularly the balance and while this is not presently quite as complex, it's certainly more elegant. 90-92" Allen Meadows in Burghound 
2012 Clos Vougeot Grand Cru, Domaine Arnoux Lachaux x 6
 2016-2024
 6 Bottles
£645.00
£789.00
"Relatively heavy reduction renders the nose unreadable. There is excellent richness, size, weight and power to the medium weight plus flavors that brim with mouth coating dry extract that buffers well the firm tannic spine on the strikingly long finish. This is austere but not really rustic and should amply reward mid to long-term cellaring. 92-94" Allen Meadows in Burghound 
2013 Nuits St Georges 1er Cru Procès, Domaine Arnoux Lachaux x 6
 2016-2022
 6 Bottles
£300.00
£375.00
"A pretty and well-layered blend of both red and black pinot fruit is liberally laced with earth, spice and floral elements. The well-delineated and punchy middle weight flavors possess ample richness as well as very good volume before concluding in a slightly more powerful and complex finale. 89-92" Allen Meadows in Burghound 
2013 Nuits St Georges 1er Cru Clos des Corvées Pagets, Domaine Arnoux Lachaux x 6
 2017-2024
 6 Bottles
£345.00
£429.00
"There is excellent complexity to the blend of plum, earth, soft spice and game hints. There is very good richness and volume to the sleekly muscular middle weight flavors that possess just enough minerality to notice, all wrapped in a balanced and velvety finish that is supported by moderately firm tannins. This should also drink well young but reward up to a decade of bottle aging. 90-92" Allen Meadows in Burghound 
2013 Vosne Romanée 1er Cru Les Chaumes, Domaine Arnoux Lachaux x 6
 2017-2023
 6 Bottles
£387.50
£480.00
"A spicy but restrained nose speaks of exotic tea, lilac, black raspberry and a hint of wood. There is a seductive texture to the supple medium-bodied flavors that possess fine mid-palate density before culminating in a dusty and palate coating finish. This should drink well young but reward up to a decade of cellar time as well. 90-92" Allen Meadows in Burghound 
2014 Nuits St Georges 1er Cru Procès, Domaine Arnoux Lachaux x 6
 2017-2023
 6 Bottles
£300.00
£375.00
"Here the equally brooding nose is slightly more elegant with its cool and restrained nose of red currant, cassis, spice and earth scents that are trimmed in just enough wood to notice. Like the Poisets this is notably rich with its relatively large-scaled flavors that also enjoy good density thanks to the abundant dry extract that also coats the palate and pushes the firmer supporting tannins to the background. Lovely. 90-92" Allen Meadows in Burghound 

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