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Domaine Arlaud Bonnes Mares Grand Cru 2018  - First Bottle


98 Decanter -
Domaine Arlaud's eight rows of Bonnes Mares run up the slope from the bottom to the top and cover 0.2ha on red and a smaller percentage of white soils. Picked on September 3rd after a green harvest to reduce yields in July, this is a stunning wine with amazing depth, succulence and concentration. The 30% whole bunches added much needed freshness in such a hot year for the Grand Cru.
94-96 Vinous -
The 2018 Bonnes-Mares Grand Cru has a finely detailed bouquet the 30% whole bunch nicely integrated and the absence of new oak allowing the ebullient black cherry and blueberry fruit to prosper. The focused palate is medium-bodied with supple tannins and a fine bead of acidity and blessed with an impressive minerally finish that lingers for 45 seconds after the wine has departed. Superb.
90-92 Burghound -
Firm reduction blocks an evaluation of the nose but I very much like the gorgeously textured flavors that flash both excellent detail and punch all wrapped in a compact and serious finish that is somewhat curiously borderline sweet and slightly warm. While there is nothing particularly amiss it would be fair to describe this as somewhat atypical.

Technical Details

  • BlendPinot Noir
  • WinemakerCyperion Arlaud
  • CountryFrance
  • RegionBurgundy
  • AppellationBonnes-Mares
  • Farming MethodCertified Biodynamic
  • Alcohol13.5%

Domaine Arlaud Bonnes Mares Grand Cru 2018

Pinot Noir  |  France
DC98, VN94-96, BH90-92

Certified Biodynamic
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Made with 30% whole bunches, this Grand Cru offers a surprising freshness that others of its vintage do not have. The acidity allows notes of black cherry and ripened blackberries shine, before a limestone finish with supple tannins.

About the Producer

Domaine Arlaud is a on a roll right now. With roots back to 1942 when Joseph Arlaud married Renee Amiot, whose family was deeply engrained in Burgundian wine culture, the family inherited some incredible holdings that they still farm today according to the rules of biodynamics. Joseph's son Herve Arlaud took over the estate in 1982 and expanded the domaine with purchases of prime vineyards, mostly in their home village of Morey St. Denis. Today, the star of the show is Hevre's son Cyprien, who in the last ten years, has come into his own as one of the most exciting growers in all of France.