Domaine de l’Arlot Nuits-St-Georges Clos de l’Arlot Premier Cru Monopole Blanc 2018

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The nose is racy and ripe with characteristic notes of apricot and pineapple. The palate presents aromas of flowers, lemon, orange peel and pear liqueur. The oakiness is splendid. This is an intense, deep wine without heaviness. It is a fine wine, powerful yet delicate. The 2018 Nuits Saint-Georges Clos de l’Arlot Blanc 1er Cru is matured in 20% new oak. It has a well-defined and fragrant bouquet, subtle scents of marzipan and orange pith unfurling with aeration. The well-balanced palate offers orange peel and a touch of bitter lemon on the entry. This delivers more weight and a little more density than the La Gerbotte, finishing with pleasing salinity and a hint of toffee apple. Give it a couple of years in bottle. Barrel Sample: 90-92 A cool but ripe nose consists of ever-so-mildly exotic notes of citrus, pear liqueur, floral and a hint of grapefruit. The succulent, round and appealing vibrant medium-bodied flavors possess good length if only average complexity on the citrus-inflected finish. This too will need to develop more depth, but it appears to have the necessary stuffing to do so. Barrel Sample: 88-91 The 2018 Nuits-Saint-Georges 1er Cru Clos de l’Arlot Blanc offers up notes of crisp yellow apples, marzipan and pastry cream, followed by a medium to full-bodied, lively palate that’s deeper, more layered and more incisive than its communal junior sibling. This hails from a parcel planted with s lection massale Chardonnay in the heart of the Clos, whereas La Gerbotte is planted with clones. Barrel Sample: 89-91

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