From Lavières and Bas de Combe plus two vineyards nearer to Nuits. Again there is no especial depth of colour, yet with this sublime fragrance. The whole bunches are a bit firmer but the fragrance comes behind.
Jasper Morris MW, Inside Burgundy (Novemeber 2018)
About this WINE
Nestled in Burgundy, France, Domaine Arnoux-Lachaux has a rich winemaking heritage and a commitment to excellence, with a winemaking history dating back to the late 19th century. Over the years, it has transformed, expanding its vineyard holdings and refining its practices. Today, the family-owned domaine upholds its heritage while embracing modern techniques.
The estate boasts prime vineyard holdings in some of Burgundy's most prestigious appellations. The carefully selected parcels, including vineyards in Vosne-Romanée and Nuits Saint Georges, are characterized by diverse soil types, contributing to the distinct character of their wines. The combination of terroir and expert craftsmanship results in exceptional complexity and depth wines.
Guided by a philosophy of minimal intervention, the team allows the grapes' natural expression to shine through. Hand-harvesting, gentle handling, and precise barrel aging are just some of the techniques used to preserve the purity of the fruit and craft wines of timeless elegance.
The domaine's portfolio includes an array of wines, each expressing the unique terroir of its origin. Among their notable bottlings are the Vosne-Romanée Premier Cru, Nuits-Saint-Georges Premier Cru, and the Grand Cru wines, such as Romanée-Saint-Vivant. These wines embody the essence of Pinot Noir, showcasing opulence, finesse, and the potential for graceful aging.
Domaine Arnoux-Lachaux stands as a testament to the timeless allure of Burgundian wines. With a storied legacy, exceptional vineyards, and a passion for winemaking, this domaine has garnered acclaim from critics and wine enthusiasts worldwide. Their wines consistently receive high scores and accolades, further solidifying their reputation for excellence.
Originally known as Nuits, or even Nuits-sous-Beaune, the town was happy to add the name of its finest vineyard, Les St Georges, in the 19th century. There are no Grands Crus, but many fine Premier Cru vineyards, the mayor of the time – Henri Gouges – preferring not to single out any vineyard for the highest status.The wines of Nuits-St Georges vary according to their exact provenance. Those of the hamlet of Prémeaux, considered to be part of Nuits-St Georges for viticultural purposes, are often on the lighter side.
The richest and most sought-after are those just south of Nuits-St Georges such as Les Vaucrains, Les Cailles and Les St Georges itself. The third sector, including Les Murgers, Les Damodes and Les Boudots are at the Vosne-Romanée end of the village, and demonstrate some of the extra finesse associated with Vosne.
Several domaines (Gouges, Rion, Arlot) now produce a white Nuits-St Georges from Pinot Blanc or Chardonnay.
- 175 hectares of village Nuits-St Georges
- 143 hectares of Premier Cru vineyards (20 in all). Best vineyards include Les St Georges, and Clos des Argillières and Clos de la Maréchale in Prémeaux
- Recommended producers: Gouges, Rion, Liger Belair, Potel
- Recommended restaurant : La Cabotte (small but stylish)
Pinot Noir is probably the most frustrating, and at times infuriating, wine grape in the world. However when it is successful, it can produce some of the most sublime wines known to man. This thin-skinned grape which grows in small, tight bunches performs well on well-drained, deepish limestone based subsoils as are found on Burgundy's Côte d'Or.
Pinot Noir is more susceptible than other varieties to over cropping - concentration and varietal character disappear rapidly if yields are excessive and yields as little as 25hl/ha are the norm for some climats of the Côte d`Or.
Because of the thinness of the skins, Pinot Noir wines are lighter in colour, body and tannins. However the best wines have grip, complexity and an intensity of fruit seldom found in wine from other grapes. Young Pinot Noir can smell almost sweet, redolent with freshly crushed raspberries, cherries and redcurrants. When mature, the best wines develop a sensuous, silky mouth feel with the fruit flavours deepening and gamey "sous-bois" nuances emerging.
The best examples are still found in Burgundy, although Pinot Noir`s key role in Champagne should not be forgotten. It is grown throughout the world with notable success in the Carneros and Russian River Valley districts of California, and the Martinborough and Central Otago regions of New Zealand.