Burgundy, a region renowned for producing some of the world's finest wines, is home to Domaine Arnoux-Lachaux, an estate that has quietly but resolutely earned its place among the elite winemakers of this coveted terroir. With a history that dates to the late 19th century, Domaine Arnoux-Lachaux has been consistently producing wines that capture the essence of the Burgundian landscape.
A Burgundian Legacy
Domaine Arnoux-Lachaux was founded in the late 19th centuryby the vinous visionaries Charles Arnoux and Renée Salbreux creating the path for generations to come. It wasn't until the early 20th century that their son Robert Arnoux took the reins in 1957 and started expanding the estate's vineyard holdings immensely. Over time, the Domaine has amassed 14.5 hectares (35 acres) of vines, including plots in four grand cru, five premier cru, and five village appellations.
In 1987, Robert's daughter, Florence Arnoux, and her husband, Pascal Lachaux, joined the estate andtook charge of the Domaine after Robert's passing in 1995. It was in 2008 that the estate’s name was changed to Domaine Arnoux-Lachaux from Domaine Robert Arnoux, reflecting the evolving ownership and dedication Florence and Pascal had to the Domaine and its wines. Today, Arnoux-Lachaux is led by Charles Lachaux, who succeeded his parents in 2012. Charles and his particular winemaking philosophy played a pivotal role in shaping the Domaine’s success.
Terroir – Arnoux’s Alpha And Omega
Situated in the heart of the Côte de Nuits, Domaine Arnoux-Lachaux boasts an array of prestigious vineyards. The estate's vineyards are primarily located in Vosne-Romanée, Nuits-Saint-Georges, and Chambolle-Musigny, where the distinct terroir shapes the character of the wines. Pinot Noir reigns supreme in this region, and it is the grape of choice at Arnoux-Lachaux, yielding red wines of exceptional elegance and finesse.
Situated in the heart of Vosne-Romanée, Romanée-Saint-Vivant is a grand cru vineyard renowned for its elegance and grace. The terroir is characterized by well-draining, limestone-rich soils that impart a mineral-driven quality to the wines. The result is a wine that combines red fruit aromatics with vibrant acidity, creating a harmonious and seductive experience.
Vosne-Romanée is a gem within the Côte de Nuits. Its terroir comprises a mosaic of premier and grand cru vineyards, including Romanée-Conti and La Tâche. The wines of Vosne-Romanée are celebrated for their depth and complexity. The vineyards here benefit from a mix of limestone and marl soils, contributing to the wines' velvety texture and alluring spiciness.
Clos de Vougeot
Clos de Vougeot is one of the most iconic grand cru vineyards in Burgundy. The terroir is marked by a blend of marl, limestone, and clay soils, creating wines of power and structure. The wines are characterized by dark fruit, earthy notes, and a remarkable capacity for aging. They exemplify the grandeur of Burgundian Pinot Noir.
Nuits-Saint-Georges, a village in the Côte de Nuits, is known for producing wines that are bold and robust. The terroir features a variety of soil types, including limestone, marl, and clay. This diversity gives the wines depth and complexity, with a focus on dark fruit flavors, firm tannins, and an aging potential that belies their village status.
Chambolle-Musigny, a village appellation, is renowned for crafting wines of elegance and finesse. The terroir is characterized by limestone and clay-rich soils, creating an ideal environment for Pinot Noir. The wines from Chambolle-Musigny are marked by their red fruit purity, floral aromatics, and a silky, ethereal texture.
Echezeaux, a Grand Cru vineyard in Vosne-Romanée, is celebrated for producing wines of complexity and opulence. The terroir is rich in limestone, clay, and gravel, which contributes to the deep, dark fruit flavors, structured tannins, and a potential for extended aging.
Latricières-Chambertin, another Grand Cru vineyard in Gevrey-Chambertin, offers wines of power and concentration. The terroir features rocky soils with a mix of limestone and clay. This combination results in wines with intense black fruit flavors, sturdy tannins, and a profound, long-lasting finish.
From The Vineyard to The Bottle
At Domaine Arnoux-Lachaux, meticulous attention to detail and respect for the terroir are central to the winemaking process. The estate practices sustainable viticulture, embracing organic and biodynamic principles. This commitment to natural farming not only ensures the health of the vines but also allows the wines to express the unique characteristics of each vineyard. The grapes are harvested by hand and undergo a delicate vinification process, emphasizing gentle extraction and minimal intervention. The result is wines that mirror the purity of their origins.
“(2008 Arnoux-Lachaux Echezeaux) A more expressive and notably spicier nose offers up notes of anise and clove together with the quite ripe red and black pinot fruit aromas that precede the rich yet finely detailed flavors that display a touch of minerality on the delicious, textured, balanced and strikingly long finish. Impressive.” Allen Meadows Jan 2010
BH95 “(Domaine Arnoux-Lachaux Romanée St. Vivant Grand Cru Red) A supremely elegant combination of very discreet wood and natural spice together with very fresh red berry and plum aromas complements to perfection the rich yet incredibly fine middle weight flavors that are wonderfully seductive, complex and hugely long. This is textbook RSV as it is a wine of grace and finesse. This concentrated yet refined effort should also be a stunner in time.” Allen Meadows Jan 2015
The high ratings and praising words by infamous wine critics go on and on and that rightfully so. Domaine Arnoux-Lachaux produces a range of exceptional wines, each reflecting the individuality of the terroir, the meticulous craftsmanship and pure dedication to keeping Arnoux-Lachaux’s reputation upheld as one of Burgundies best.
The Essence of Burgundian Wine
Domaine Arnoux-Lachaux defines the enduring legacy of family winemaking and the profound connection between terroir and the wines it produces. As you savor a glass of their meticulously crafted Pinot Noir, you not only taste the fruit of the vine but also experience the history, tradition, and dedication that have made this Domaine a respected name in the world of Burgundian wine. Domaine Arnoux-Lachaux is a true Burgundian gem, offering wine enthusiasts a taste of the region's essence in every bottle.