Tasted blind at the Burgfest 2014 tasting, Domaine de l'Arlot's 2014 Nuits St Georges 1er Cru Clos des Forêts St-Georges is a wine that I remember Geraldine Godot felt I was a bit mean toward when I reviewed it from barrel. You know, she might be right. Here, it is very pure and winsome on the nose: blackberry, raspberry, ripe Satsumas and just a touch of peach—perhaps the most exotic nose among the flight of Nuits-Saint-Georges tasted here but still in keeping with what you expect. The palate is medium-bodied with grainy tannin, good substance and density, fresh and lively and perhaps my only quibble being that I would have liked more sustain on the aftertaste. Otherwise, this is another excellent Nuits-Saint-Georges that will give many years of pleasure. Please accept my generous score. (NM)
Sufficient black cherry, black currant and mineral flavors are packed into this taut red, yet this is holding back a little. A solid matrix of tannins offers support, while the acidity keeps this focused and long. Finishes with purity and intensity. (BS)
Here is a discreet but not invisible application of wood surrounding the intensely floral and notably gamy dark berry fruit suffused nose. There is both good volume and much better mid-palate concentration to the broad-shouldered flavors where the abundant dry extract does a fine job of buffering the firm and slightly rustic tannins that impart a dusty texture to the impressively complex and persistent finish. This should be excellent if you have the patience to wait. *Outstanding*
Good full red. Knockout perfume of black raspberry, cranberry, ripe strawberry, crushed stone, rose petal, violet and blood orange. Sappy and tightly wound, but with more lurking sweetness than the Petits Plets. Today the wine's complex fruits and flowers are dominated by pungent minerality. This very young but very promising wine has the density to support its firm tannic spine and to ensure a slow and graceful evolution in bottle. Finishes with terrific rising length and sappiness. (ST)
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