Arnoux-Lachaux Romanee St. Vivant 2012 750mL

$1,345.50 $1,495

BH96 "The strikingly elegant nose offers the most complexity of these 2012s with its well-layered aromas of spice, plum, violet, dark cherry and sandalwood. There is a beguilingly velvety texture to the lightly mineral-driven medium weight flavors that possess plenty of mouth coating dry extract before terminating in a firm and impeccably well-balanced finish. Note that this classy beauty will also require ample patience." AM Jan 2015
Domaine Arnoux-Lachaux, Romanee-Saint-Vivant Grand Cru
Producer Note: "There has been a sea change here as Pascal Lachaux' son Charles has now taken over responsibility for the vinifications. To be sure Pascal is still very much involved in running the domaine though it seems clear that little by little Charles will eventually assume the mantle of directing it. On the plus side the low crop load allowed the fruit to attain an excellent level of phenolic maturity. It was this high level of phenolic maturity that persuaded me to use a whole cluster approach to our vinifications and I'm very happy that I did as the wines have energy and a certain sweetness that makes them appealing, at least to my taste." I have to agree with Charles that his approach worked exceptionally well. However I would point out that long-term fans of the domaine will find the 2012s to be stylistically different from that which was extant in prior vintages. I would also like to laud the quality of the domaine's 2011s as they are terrific and while I wouldn't say that they are better than the 2012s, they are certainly competitive with them." AM Jan 2014

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