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1999 Domaine Robert Arnoux Nuits St Georges
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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.
Arnoux’s village Nuits-St-Georges comes from several parcels of well located sites, mostly on the Vosne-Romanee side of the appellation. Pascal Lachaux aims to highlight the bright cassis and dark-cherry flavors of this wine. Its succulent fruit can be enjoyed young or with a year or two of bottle age.
Tasting Note: The ruby-colored 1999 Nuits-St.-Georges has ripe strawberry and raspberry aromas. On the palate, it is medium-bodied, satin-textured, and filled with lush blackberry and black cherry flavors. Drink it over the next 4-5 years. 87 points.
Wine Advocate #136 (Aug 2001) eRobertParker.comcolor>
Additional notes sourced from Robert Arnoux