Bourgogne Pinot Fin 2009, Domaine Arnoux-Lachaux, 12x75cl bottles
|Region||Burgundy & Chablis|
From vines over 50 years of age, there is tremendous depth for this level and an abundance of juicy black cherry fruit with a suggestion of spice too. Once again, Pascal has bottled this early to...Read More
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Armit Tasting Note
From vines over 50 years of age, there is tremendous depth for this level and an abundance of juicy black cherry fruit with a suggestion of spice too. Once again, Pascal has bottled this early to capture the freshness and aromatic vigour. 0
Pascal Lachaux arrived in Vosne Romanée in 1985, and fell for Florence, the daughter of Robert Arnoux and they later married. By the time Robert, Pascal’s father-in-law, passed away in 1995, Pascal was already making his mark on the quality of the wines and in subsequent years the reputation of the Domaine rose meteorically. In 2009, Pascal and Florence finally decided to make the change in name that reflected Pascal’s achievements, and the Domaine became known as Domaine Arnoux-Lachaux.
Domaine Arnoux-Lachaux comprises over 12 hectares, with the highlights being the small grand cru holdings in Romanée St Vivant, Echézeaux and Clos de Vougeot and some excellent premier cru, particularly Suchots, Reignots and Chaumes in Vosne-Romanée and Corvées Pagets and Procès in neighbouring Nuits-St. Georges. In 2008-9 as well as the name change they also acquired a new Grand Cru for the cellar, a lovely holding of Latricières-Chambertin.
Pascal also produces excellent wine at village level, particularly from the recent parcel purchased in Chambolle-Musigny but is not content with these alone and has therefore started to bottle under his own name an array of wines sourced from some of the most interesting and highly regarded climats elsewhere in the Côte de Nuits, such as Chambertin Clos de Bèze and Chambolle-Musigny Les Amoureuses.
Burgundy has always fascinated and frustrated in equal measure. For every eulogising, life-changing proclamation from someone realising wine nirvana, there is some poor soul somewhere bashing their head in perplexity. At its best, Burgundy can provide the ultimate- the transcendental, mystifying, unexplainable pleasure that only truly great wine can bring. But at its worst, it can be an expensive mistake, bring disillusion and even provoke anger.
For sure, Burgundy is not the region of choice for the unadventurous or risk averse! How then to navigate the minefield? Our advice has always been, and still is, to get to know the growers. It sounds like simple advice but with so many producers, from powerful négociant houses to the new breed of micro négociants, from large, historic estates to tiny family domaines, you need to know where to turn and who can be relied upon.
At Armit Wines we work with growers who we count amongst our friends who are by definition, people who won't let you down. These are personal contacts gleaned from years of visiting, talking, tasting and building relationships. Some friendships grow whilst others fade of course but the great ones endure: legendary, ground-breaking growers such as Anne-Claude Leflaive and Guillaume d'Angerville; superstars such as Pascal Lachaux, Christophe Roumier, Jean-Marc Roulot and the Raveneau brothers; under-appreciated talents such as Patrick Bize and Richard Fontaine.