Domaine De L'Arlot Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru Les Suchots 2014
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Domaine De L'Arlot Vosne-Romanee 1er Cru Les Suchots 2014 is a vibrant, deep, dark red, intense but not opaque, with a big nose of black fruit, very closed at present with some savoury notes. A deliciously supple palate of sweet red fruits, crunchy and fresh with substantial ripe tannins behind, going to a long, grilled, plump, spiced finish with a lovely floral end note. Delicious.
Subregion: Côte De Nuits, Vosne-Romanée
Grape Variety: Pinot Noir
Bottle Size: 75cl
Closure: Natural cork
Style: Substantial, long and spiced
Drink With: Grilled lamb leg steaks
Les Suchots is the largest premier cru climat within the Vosne-Romanée appellation of Burgundy. This vineyard separates the Echezeaux and Romanée-Saint-Vivant Grand Cru vineyards and, like its prestigious neighbours, it is planted entirely to Pinot Noir. The climat's wines are lush and full-bodied with earthy, spicy characters.
The vineyard sits along the northern border of the Vosne-Romanée commune, at the base of the Côte D'Or escarpment. Its position among grand cru vineyards (it also counts Richebourg as a neighbour) has led many to question why it was passed over during the grand cru classifications of 1936. Les Suchots is viewed by many as the most obvious candidate for promotion to full grand cru status.
Les Suchots' terroir is similar to that of Echezeaux, with a gentle easterly aspect, excellent drainage and marly clay soils. A good view of the morning sun from the vineyard's position on the hill gives the vines plentiful ripening opportunities, while allowing them to find a balance with the cooler winds from atop the Côte D'Or. As a result of this interplay between warm sun and cooler winds, rich fruit complexity develops alongside acidity, resulting in well-balanced wines.
The limestone-dominant soils in the climat are also credited with the quality of Les Suchots Premier Cru wines. This soil consists of a marly clay topsoil over a bed of rock deeper and richer than is found in the climats higher on the slope. The slope allows for good drainage, which stresses vines enough that vigour is reduced, and energy is channelled into the production of high-quality grapes.
From Neal Martin writing on Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:
The 2014 Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru Les Suchots has a fragrant nose of blackberry and boysenberry fruit with a potent cold stone scent flowing underneath. I like the reserve here. The palate is medium-bodied with slightly chewy tannin on the entry, but harmonious and cohesive with a linear, delineated finish that should gain more flesh by the time it is bottle. At the moment, there is plenty of freshness and tension. 89-91 Points