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1997 Domaine Robert Arnoux Clos Vougeot
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Since 1990, Pascal Lachaux, the late Robert Arnoux’s son in law, has been in charge of the famous estate in Vosne-Romanee. The domaine has been in the Arnoux family for five generations. With holdings in some of Burgundy’s greatest vineyards -- Romanee-St-Vivant, Clos Vougeot, Echezeaux, and Nuits-St-Georges and Vosne-Romanee Premiers Crus – Domaine Robert Arnoux wines are among the finest expressions of these privileged terroirs. The domaine has the unique advantage of having uniformly old vines in all of its parcels, making for a consistency of style. Starting with the 1990 vintage, which was particularly successful at this domaine, the wines have been made by Pascal Lachaux. Lachaux has lowered yields and improved vinification and bottling methods. He usually employs a short pre-fermentation maceration and a longer cuvaison which he lovingly watches over, to use his expression. The wines are aged for 18 months in 20% to 100% (for the Grands Crus) new oak barrels from various suppliers. Lachaux aims for wines of great finesse and concentration, which reflect their respective terroirs.
The estate is especially proud of its Clos de Vougeot that lies on the upper slope in the section known as the Quartier des Marei Haut. The vines are over 50 years old. This is massive, richly perfumed wine, with super ripe, fruit-cake, game and new oak (75% used) flavors, all fascinatingly intertwined. This classic Clos de Vougeot can be aged for up to 20 years.
Notes sourced from Robert Arnoux