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Domaine De L'Arlot Nuits Saint Georges Blanc Cuvée La Gerbotte 2016


Domaine De L'Arlot Nuits Saint Georges Blanc Cuvee La Gerbotte 2016 has plenty of tropical notes on the nose: dried mango, peach skin and fresh almond all nicely defined. The palate is medium-bodied with a slight viscosity on the entry, nicely judged acidity with peach and orange peel towards the sensual finish. This will be very seductive.

Country: France
Region: Burgundy
Subregion: Côte De Nuits, Nuits Saint Georges
Vintage: 2016
Colour: White
Grape Variety: Chardonnay
ABV: 13%
Bottle Size: 75cl
Closure: Natural cork
Style: Bright, white Burgundy
Drink With: Sole goujons

La Gerbotte comes from the younger Chardonnay vines in the Clos De L'Arlot vineyard, planted between 1998 and 2000. It could easily claim the appellation Nuits Saint Georges Premier Cru, but instead Domaine De L'Arlot has chosen to classify Cuvée La Gerbotte under the appellation Nuits Saint Georges Village to allow time for the vine roots to reach down deep into the subsoil and for the wine to fully express all of the elegance and fullness of this great terroir. Lying further from the other vines of the Clos De L'Arlot on a limestone slab covered by thin topsoil, the micro-climate is not quite as sunny here and this lends a slightly cooler feel to the wine.

Once the grapes have been pressed the juice is gravity fed into oak casks, no more than 10% of which are new. The complex transformation then begins: the yeasts which are naturally present in the grape juice transform the sugar into alcohol. By working with indigenous yeasts, fermentation is long (3 months or more) and delicate, but it is one of the important stages which enable Domaine De L'Arlot to best reveal the influence of their terroirs in their wines.

From Jancis Robinson's Purple Pages:
Scented but not savoury. Good fresh acidity and crisp and fun. Big and bold. Quite exciting for the money and I could happily enjoy this at a resto in Nuits. Good Value. 16+ Points