Domaine Arlaud Cyprien Arlaud Vosne-Romanee Aux Reas 2015
Domaine Arlaud has been practicing biodynamic for many years and will be certified next year . Aux Réas is a legendary lieu dit in Vosne-Romanee that sits directly adjacent to the 1er Cru monopole Clos des Réas. Arlaud's vines are 45 years in age, and the wine is aged in barrel (20% new). The Arl cellar in Morey St. Denis is one of the coldest in the Côtes de Nuits, helping Cyprien pursue a slow, non-interventionist vinification, with minimal use of SO2. All of his wines are also bottled unfined and unfiltered.
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.
Wine SpectatorThere’s fine purity to the black cherry, blackberry and violet aromas and flavors in this red, which is fragrant and harmonious, more velvet than silk in texture, leaving a mouthwatering graphite impression on the finish. Best from 2022 through 2035.