Arnoux-Lachaux

  • Nuits-Saint-Georges, Burgundy, France
Domaine Arnoux-Lachaux
  • "Charles Lachaux describes the 2018 vintage as, '...Quite different from the 2017s but attractive in their own right plus we avoided the excess ripeness that some 2018s have. Overall, I am quite happy with the results.' Lachaux should be happy with the results as I found them to be among the best wines of the vintage when considered from top to bottom." - Allen Meadows, Burghound, January 2020

Charles Lachaux, Pascal’s son, took over from his father in 2012. At Bowler, we’ve always been impressed when tasting at Arnoux-Lachaux and the wines have reached new heights since Charles joined his father. Today, Domaine Arnoux-Lachaux has 14.5 hectares some of the most prized vineyards in Vosne-Romanée and equally high-quality vineyards in Nuits-Saint-Georges. The vines average fifty years old and the oldest, Nuits-Saint-Georges Clos des Corvées Pagets, were planted in 1921. In 2010, Pascal purchased a vertical press, making Arnoux-Lachaux one of just a handful of wineries using this type of press in Burgundy. They prefer it to a pneumatic press because it presses very gently and extracts less. In 2012, Charles’s first year, they introduced some partial whole-cluster fermentation and pleased with the results, they used a higher proportion of whole-clusters each year since. Today, the wines are made with up to 100% whole cluster. The amount of new oak has been reduced since 2012 as well: up to 10% on village wines, 20% on premier cru and a maximum of 30% on grand cru.

Lachaux is also changing how he is working in the vineyards and is touching each vine. The vineyards are in conversion to biodynamic agriculture. He's replanting vines very densely at 20,000 vines per hectare in certain parcels. In half of the vineyards, inspired by Lalou Bize-Leroy, he has stopped hedging his vines. This allows for more photosynthesis, getting more energy to each grape.  It takes twice as long and four times the number of workers for this canopy management, but the results are worth it. The wines have an incredible energy, and elegance, and are some of the best expressions of Vosne and Nuits available.

 

BOWLER E-Zine Issue 2 | Q1 2021: Regenerative Farming: Scratching at the Surface 
Image Producer PRODUCT Description Country / Region

DB0413-19
Sustainable
Arnoux-Lachaux Bourgogne Pinot Fin
2019
Pinot Noir
Pinot Fin is an ancient clone of Pinot Noir that is very rarely found anymore in Burgundy. It has small berries. Arnoux's fruit is a blend... Read More
France

DB0414-19
Arnoux-Lachaux Chambolle-Musigny
2019
Pinot Noir
This wine is the result of a blend of five different blocks all located at the top of Chambolle’s slopes. They have of a north-east... Read More
France

DB0426-19
Sustainable
Arnoux-Lachaux Echézeaux
2019
Pinot Noir
The vineyard is situated in the lieu dit Rouges du bas, a parcel of just under one hectare situated in the heart of the Echézeaux... Read More
France

DB0427-19
Arnoux-Lachaux Latricières-Chambertin
2019
Pinot Noir
This vineyard is located at the very top of the Latricières apellation. Bordered by woods on three sides, with a very rocky soil, this half... Read More
France

DB0415-18
Sustainable
91WA
Arnoux-Lachaux Nuits-Saint-Georges
2018
Pinot Noir
A blend of seven different vineyards located north of Nuits-Saint-Georges (towards Vosne-Romanée). The vines average 50 years old. Vinified... Read More
France

DB0428-18
Sustainable
95-97V
Arnoux-Lachaux Romanée-Saint-Vivant
2018
Pinot Noir
This 1/3 hectare vineyard is located at the very south of the appellation, at a fifty meters distance from Romanée-Conti. The block is... Read More
France

DB0417-18
Sustainable
91WA
Arnoux-Lachaux Vosne-Romanée
2018
Pinot Noir
The wine is made from a blend of several different vineyards: Les Communes, Les Saules and Les Bossières. The soils of these parcels are... Read More
France

DB0419-18
Sustainable
93WA, 90-92V
Arnoux-Lachaux Vosne-Romanée "Les Hautes Maizières"
2018
Pinot Noir
Les Maizières is a vineyard of just over half a hectare, located on the south side of the Clos Vougeoy, just behind the walls. The average... Read More
France

DB0424-18
Sustainable
96WA, 91-93V
Arnoux-Lachaux Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru les Suchots
2018
Pinot Noir
This vineyard is less than half a hectare in an exceptional spot, circled by Romanée-Saint-Vivant and the Richebourg to the south, and by... Read More
France

DB0423-18
Sustainable
93WA, 92-94V
Arnoux-Lachaux Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru les Chaumes
2018
Pinot Noir
The vineyard is just below Malconsorts and La Tache. Arnoux-Lachaux's covers the top of the hill to bottom, giving complexity and a true... Read More
France