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Expert Picks: Arnoux-Lachaux and…Arnoux-Lachaux!

Posted on | February 23, 2016 | Written by Crystal Edgar | No Comments

Crystal 2014As 2014 Burgundy rests at our doorstep, I recall some favorites from the barrel tasting a few weeks back featuring some of Burgundy’s biggest and brightest stars. Some of the standouts for me were the gems from Domaine Arnoux-Lachaux in Vosne-Romanée. Covering 15 appellations in the region, this special estate sports a long history with five generations of Arnoux have been making wine in the Côte de Nuits. The family’s approach is to keep things the way nature intended and using organic and biodynamic practices. The wines are concentrated, polished and highly sought-after!

I’m focusing on the 2012 vintage while I wait for the 2014s to be bottled. 2012 was a real page-turner vintage. The first half of the year could not have been worse, but in the end, quality-wise, the resulting wines turned out really excellent! Nuits-St-Georges and neighboring areas fared the best, and these two offerings are sensational. The only bad news is that the given challenges among the vines yielded a tiny crop, so not much to go around here.

Arnoux-Lachaux 2012 Chambolle-Musigny $79.99

Chambolle-Musigny is responsible for some of the most elegant and sexy Pinots from the region, and this 2012 offers complexity and rich red fruit character while showing off silky tannins and a finish that does not let you forget the seductive notes and nuances. Really gorgeous overall, and from a producer like Lachaux, every Burgundy lover needs a bottle or twelve.

Arnoux-Lachaux 2012 Nuits-Saint-Georges Les Procès 1er Cru $104.99

Slightly more mysterious than the Chambolle, this single-site Nuits-Saint-Georges gives you a bit of everything: red fruit, savory notes of earth and game with more power and strength leading to a bold finish. Great concentration and complexity here with superb balance—this 2012 is a fantastic showing from Arnoux-Lachaux.

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