Domaine Arlaud was born from the marriage of Joseph Arlaud from the Ardèche, and Renée Amiot of Burgundy. Her family owned a few choice parcels of land in the Côtes de Nuits, including within Clos St. Denis and Bonnes Mares. Part of the couple’s wedding gifts included these parcels and so was born Domaine Arlaud. Joseph’s son Hervé 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 Hevré’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.
Cyprien Arlaud took the reins of the domaine in 1997 with the simple and unwavering vision of making pure, benchmark Burgundy. He knew the only way to achieve this goal was to be forward thinking in the cellar, and most importantly in the vineyards. The same year he was put in charge, he began the conversion of the estate to biodynamics (certified in 2014). He also began using horses to plow domaine vineyards in order to keep the soils as healthy and alive as possible. He has top holdings in Morey St. Denis, Chambolle-Musigny, Gevrey-Chambertin, and Vosne-Romanée and his sister Bertille handles the horse plowing.
Arlaud's Bourgogne Rouge is a de-classified Gevrey-Chambertin from a lieu-dit named Roncevie. Until 1964, this entire area was classified as Gevrey-Chambertin Villages. Today, half of it is still Gevrey Villages, the other has been declassified 'purely for political reasons'.
Made from 50+ year old vines, this wine's pedigree is further enhanced by its location, which is a stone’s throw from the Grand Cru vineyard of Griottes-Chambertin. Aged in older barrels so as not to become too oaky or tannic, this Bourgogne rouge has good freshness and punch, with red and dark fruits, flowers and spices. This is very good on its own merits and