Nuits-Saint-Georges 1er Cru Clos des Forêts 2017
$299.20 inc GST
This is the second of the two great monopole vineyards at the core of this Domaine and it is also one of the great terroirs of Nuits, made clear by its position so close to Les Saint-Georges (and its name which reflects this proximity). At 7.2 hectares, Clos des Forêts Saint-Georges is by far the largest single parcel in the l’Arlot stable, and produces the Estate’s most profound red wine. Running the entire width of the Côte, from the forest to the RN74, Forêts contains three distinct terroirs which l’Arlot pick and vinify separately. From top to bottom these are: a band of white oolitic limestone with very little top soil; a fracture in the middle of the vineyard, where pink Prémeaux limestone takes over; then ‘younger’ Ladoix limestone and more clay at the bottom of the slope. A portion of the youngest vines were previously harvested for the now defunct ‘Petits Plets’ cuvée—at over 30 years old, these have now come of age and so form a part of this cuvée.
This is the deepest, most intense red in the l’Arlot stable and one that perfectly highlights the dark fruited, meaty, earthy, inky power of this terroir. As with the Clos de l’Arlot, Forêts took 50% new oak in the maturation, yet the fruit for this cuvée was completely de-stemmed. As the notes below make clear, the 2017 is an outstanding example of this wine, dripping with black cherry, cassis and crushed brown spice aromas and flavours. The palate is really finely textured with superb depth, and much more finesse than we typically expect of this terroir when so young. Godot explained that the extraction came so easily this year that she was really gentle and the results are truly superb. Again, and as always, Benchmark Premier Cru Nuits.
“Offering up a deep bouquet of cassis, plums, dark chocolate and spices, the 2017 Nuits-Saint-Georges 1er Cru Clos des Forêts St Georges is medium to full-bodied, supple and enveloping, with a textural attack, melting tannins, ripe acids and a deep core of sapid fruit. The finish is impressively long and nicely defined. Deeper and fleshier than the more ethereal Clos d'Arlot, this will blossom with a little bottle age, but it's sufficiently elegant and expressive to be approachable sooner.”93 PointsThe Wine Advocate
“The 2017 Nuits Saint-Georges Clos des Forêts Saint-Georges is completely de-stemmed, unlike the Clos de l’Arlot, partly because of the analysis that suggested it should include stems. It has a very pure bouquet, a little more opulent than the Clos de l’Arlot, featuring black cherry, blueberry and light floral scents. The smooth, rounded palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin and denser than the Clos de l’Arlot, but then again, maybe the Clos de l’Arlot has more personality.”91-93 PointsVinous