1998 l'Arlot Côte de Nuits Villages Clos du Chapeau

By on July 01, 2004 #asides

Medium ruby red, shading slightly to amber. The nose starts with sweet, creamy, toasty oak of sufficient volume to drown out traces of fruit. Given time (45 minutes) a little plummy fruit comes through. The equally sweet palate shows fat, depth, soft tannin and understated acidity that flows into a slightly creamy finish. You can find a little candied fruit, so tasty, but I like a little more fruit, so would personally wait another year or two to see if any appears.

1998 l'Arlot Nuits St.Georges Clos des Fôrets St.Georges

By on July 01, 2004 #asides

I’ve had mixed success with wines from this domaine, hence, often pass them by, but . . . Medium ruby colour, still cherry at the rim. The nose is really very tasty, residual oak, sweet, very candied cherry fruit over a creme brulée base. The palate has forward but very refined tannins, good acidity and a medium length finish. Whilst very pretty, I’d hope for a bit more concentration in top 1er Cru – but it has to be said that this is complex and will be very elegant, particularly for a 1998 – lovely aromatics too – I bought a couple more!

2000 l'Arlot Nuits St.Georges Clos des Fôrets St.Georges

By on July 01, 2004 #asides

Medium cherry red, shading just a little to amber at the rim. The nose shows dusty red, high-toned fruit – interesting and complex – but I’m never a fan of the ‘dusty’ nose. Some tannin and excellent acidity. The palate mirrors the nose with high toned red fruit and shows a sneaky, creamy length. Interesting and balanced, but from these two the 1998 is one to buy.

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