Arnoux-Lachaux

Domaine Arnoux-Lachaux
  • Every year there is a domaine that excites more than any other, a new name that seems to sparkle that much brighter, someone who intuition tells you is about to hit the big time. I experienced this feeling when Maxime Chuerlin took the reins at domaine Georges Noëllat, when Amélie Berthaut took over Domaine Denis Berthaut and when I first visited Pierre Duroché... This was a deeply impressive showing of 2017s where you can easily see the influence of Lalou Bize-Leroy. There is immense purity and panache, the use of whole bunches assiduous and carefully managed. The shorter maceration period means that Lachaux has to be prudent with respect to the percentage of whole bunch, so as not to obscure vineyard expression. He certainly achieved that this year with a raft of really fabulous, quite intellectual yet delicious wines. The good news is that the quality is evident throughout the range. Why not pick up a case of 2017 Bourgogne Pinot Fin to experience Lachaux’s style first-hand? Otherwise, seek out the stunning Vosne-Romanée Aux Reignots or les Suchots, maybe one of the best Clos Vougeots of the vintage, or the sublime Latricières-Chambertin. - Neal Martin, Vinous.

Charles Lachaux, Pascal’s son, took over from his father in 2012. The stakes are high when the wines that you are making are some of the rarest and most sought after in the world. In the case of Romanée Saint Vivant for Charles Lachaux, he only had one chance in 2012, as he only made a single barrel. Talk about pressure! Charles explained that harvest was so busy, that he didn’t have time to consider an undesirable outcome.


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 in the 2013 and 2014 vintages. In general, the 1er cru wines have up to 55% whole-cluster and the grand cru up to 100%. The amount of new oak has been reduced since 2012 as well: a total of 20-25% on village wines, 40-45% on premier cru and a maximum of 80% on grand cru.


Charles is also changing how he is working in the vineyards and is touching each vine. In his top sites, inspired by Lalou Bize-Leroy, he has stopped hedging his vines. This allows for more photosynthesis, getting more energy to each grape. The wines have an incredible energy, and elegance, and are some of the best expressions of Vosne and Nuits available.

 

2016 Vintage Review from Vinous (January 2018): “This estate in Vosne-Romanée lost 60% of its production in 2016, mostly due to the April frost, making just 20 hectoliters per hectare overall… (Charles) Lachaux finds the ‘16s to be ‘purer and more traditional, with more terroir specificity and energy than the much denser 2015s.’ Still, 3.6 was the lowest pH in 2016.

The young Lachaux has made many important changes in viticulture and vinification since taking over the estate from his father Pascal. One of the most important involves canopy management: Lachaux now prunes tall (the fruiting zone is at a very high 1.7 meters) and a full month after the flowering, which makes for more leaves and enhanced photosynthesis, which in turn results in riper seeds in the grapes and enables the estate to harvest up to a week earlier than their neighbors. Grape sugars in 2016 were in the healthy 13% range and Lachaux chaptalized lightly only to extend the otherwise very quick fermentations. He vinified with almost the same high percentage of whole clusters as he had in 2015.”     – Stephen Tanzer

 

 

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DB0413-16
Sustainable
Bourgogne Pinot Fin
2016
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

DB0414-16
Chambolle-Musigny
2016
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

DB0414-15
Sustainable
Chambolle-Musigny
2015
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

DB0426-14
Sustainable
Echézeaux
2014
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

DB0427-16
Latricières-Chambertin
2016
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

DB0427-14
Latricières-Chambertin
2014
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

DB0427-13
Sustainable
Latricières-Chambertin
2013
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

DB0415-16
Sustainable
Nuits-Saint-Georges
2016
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

DB0427-12
Sustainable
94BH - 90-92IWC
Latricières-Chambertin
2012
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

DB0416-15
Sustainable
Nuits-Saint-Georges "Les Poisets"
2015
Pinot Noir
The grapes come from a single vineyard located between Premeaux-Prissey and Nuits-Saint-Georges. The domaine bottles this vineyard... Read More

DB0416-14
Sustainable
Nuits-Saint-Georges "Les Poisets"
2014
Pinot Noir
The grapes come from a single vineyard located between Premeaux-Prissey and Nuits-Saint-Georges. The domaine bottles this vineyard... Read More

DB0421-15
Sustainable
Nuits-Saint-Georges 1er Cru Les Procès
2015
Pinot Noir
This 0.63 hectare vineyard is situated in the middle of the slope. The soil here is made of clay and limestone, which ensures a certain... Read More

DB0421-16
Sustainable
Nuits-Saint-Georges 1er Cru Les Procès
2016
Pinot Noir
This 0.63 hectare vineyard is situated in the middle of the slope. The soil here is made of clay and limestone, which ensures a certain... Read More

DB0428-16
Sustainable
Romanée-Saint-Vivant
2016
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

DB0417-16
Sustainable
Vosne-Romanée
2016
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

DB0419-16
Sustainable
Vosne-Romanée "Les Hautes Maizières"
2016
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

DB0419-14
Sustainable
Vosne-Romanée "Les Hautes Maizières"
2014
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

DB0424-16
Sustainable
Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru les Suchots
2016
Pinot Noir
SOLD OUT. This vineyard is less than half a hectare in an exceptional spot, circled by Romanée-Saint-Vivant and the Richebourg to... Read More

DB0422-16
Sustainable
Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru aux Reignots
2016
Pinot Noir

DB0423-16
Sustainable
Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru les Chaumes
2016
Pinot Noir
The vineyard is just below Malconsorts and La Tache with more clay in the soil. Arnoux-Lachaux's covers the top of the hill to bottom,... Read More

DB0423-14
Sustainable
91-93 VM
Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru les Chaumes
2014
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