Nicola's Tasting Note:
Deeper red black, vibrant to the rim, with a nose of tight black fruits, black skinned, austere yet still perfumed behind. Ripe
black fruits on the palate, rich, very supple, but with tannins behind. Tarry, spiced, delicious with fresh acidity on the end,
supple, almost sweet, classic representation of this terroir.
Style: Lighter fruitier red
Classification: 1er Cru
Bottle size: 750ml.
Case size: 6
Grape variety: Pinot Noir
Maturity: Drinking from 2016
Grower Information: Based in Vosne-Romanée and established in 1858, Florence (née Arnoux) and Pascal Lachaux are the fifth generation to run this estate. It was something of an accident of fate which brought Pascal to Vosne as he trained as a pharmacist and, on the way to start a new job, he agreed to help his father-in-law with the harvest. He never left. Florence and Pascal have invested consistently over the years in the Domaine, building a new cuverie, renovating the cellar and most recently building a stylish tasting room next to the office. They have also invested in vineyards building the Domaine to today's 14 hectares with a purchase of Latricière Chambertin being their most recent addition. Pascal for some time bought in grapes to make a négociant wine under the Pascal Lachaux at Domaine Robert Arnoux label but this activity has now ceased. From the 2008 vintage, the Domaine name changes to Domaine Arnoux Lachaux.
They work in an organic way but as with many of our growers, they don't label their wine as such. Their respect for their environment, their desire for the future health of their vineyards and their vines is part of their philosophy and their goal is to make the best wine that they can in a sustainable way. From his Bourgogne Pinot Fin right through the range to his Romanée St Vivant these are fabulous wines and Pascal can be justifiably proud of the enhancement that he has made to the Arnoux reputation since he took control in 1990. The future looks secure with three Lachaux sons, the eldest of whom Charles has just completed his oenology BTS at Beaune and worked in Oregon in 2009 and South Africa in 2010 to gain valuable experience, away from home.