This past June I had the opportunity to visit Domaine Arlaud, a pioneer of biodynamic farming located in Morey Saint Denis (Côte-d’Or), France, and meet with current winemaker Cyprien Arlaud. Domaine Arlaud formed after Joseph Arlaud met Renee Amiot and married. Their wedding presents contained vineyards and in 1966 Joseph acquired the old “Grenier à Sel” of Nuits Saint George. This 14th century cellar became the estate’s emblem that still today is on the label.
Currently third-generation winemaker and grower Cyprien Arlaud presides over this esteemed Domaine. While visiting the new winery built in 2003, Cyprien shared his families’ rich history and winemaking philosophy. He explained how modern agriculture (tractor equipment) and the use of insecticides, herbicides and synthetic fertilizers have a severe impact on the vineyards and surrounding environment. As a result, Cyprien transitioned the winery to organic practices and then in 2009 he went a step further and obtained Biodynamic certification. Since 2014, Domaine Arlaud is certified Organic and Biodynamic, the first estate in Morey Saint Denis to give this guaranty. Cyprien ploughs all vineyards by horse, hand prunes, utilizes trellising, leaf removal and hand harvesting of grapes.
While tasting the wines deep in the cellar at Domaine Alraud, I learned that the temperature is a perfect chill of 55 degrees and humidity levels are combined for the perfect aging environment. I sampled the newly released 2015s and even sampled through the 2016s while still in barrel. It was at that moment I decided to include Domaine Arlaud Bourgogne Rouge ‘Roncevie’ in this month’s Court Wine Club. Made from 100% Pinot Noir, it is sourced from a plot in Gevrey-Chambertin.
Looking back at my notes I recall color, smell and taste of the wine in the glass. The color jumps out with striking cranberry red flesh. On the nose it exhibits plush fruit ranging from cherries to plum. The aromas continue with floral, rose petal perfume. The palate is silky, medium body, well balance between the fruit and acidity. This wine is a killer burgundy value!
Enjoy on its own or pair with the region’s classic dishes (Coq au vin or Beef Bourguignon) Update the classic pairing and try this wine with roasted pork tacos.
Curator, Court Wine Club