1996 Arlaud Pere & Fils - Clos de la Roche (Cuvee Unique Reserve) 750ml

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WA 90   BH 89   Collector 91
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Professional Reviews For This Wine

Wine Advocate | Rating: 90

When I tasted this medium-to-dark ruby-colored wine for the first time in Burgundy I scored it slightly higher than I did at a blind tasting State-side a few months later (the quoted score is the most recent). Smoked bacon blows off after a few minutes revealing blackberries, cassis, stones, and a dusting of mocha powder. This highly pleasing, expansive, and expressive wine is filled with blueberries, spices, plums, brambleberries, iron, and traces of underbrush. Medium-to-full-bodied and oily-textured (yet lively), it appeared to have more complexity and a longer finish when I first tasted it. Will that return?

Drink Dates: 1999-2005
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 118

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Burghound | Rating: 89

(North Berkeley Wine import). A rapidly maturing (if not fully mature) nose of earth, spice and a mix of primary and secondary fruit aromas that lead to nicely detailed and clearly softening middle weight flavors that still possess a touch of underlying tannin that should have the fruit to resolve over time without drying out. In short, this is pretty if not sensational.

Author: Allen Meadows
Issue: Archive

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Collector Reviews For This Wine

Rating: 91
Author: StuTarheel
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 06/09/2014
Drink Dates: 2014-2015
Very elegant, mature pinot. Needs time to open up. Soft flavors of red berry fruit and dried rose petals. Notes of spice and smoky mesquite on the back end. Tannins perfectly integrated. Subtle finish with decent length.

Average rating: 90, based on 3 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

41 bottles owned by 21 collectors.

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About This Producer

The dedication of the Arlaud family - father Herve, son Cyprien and daughter Bertille - has substantially improved this domaine each year. Their labor-intensive practices of hand pruning, stringent green harvesting and the use of a horse and plow instead of a tractor have produced the finest wines of the domaine's history.

The wines are textbook expressions of each terroir and are remarkably complex and richly balanced. Look for the domaine to continue to build its strong reputation in vintages ahead.

See other similar producers: Domaine des Chezeaux, Domaine des Comtes Lafon, Domaine Armand Rousseau

Wine Varietal: Pinot Noir

Notorious for its fickle growing patterns, Pinot Noir vines prefer long, cool growing conditions and tend to mutate easily, leaving behind numerous clones and inconsistent flavor profiles. Although it is one of the three major varieties used in Champagne production, Burgundy is the traditional home of Pinot Noir. The 30-mile stretch of hills known as the Cote d'Or is valued as the world's premier production area. Pinot Noir is planted all over the world. In the United States, Sonoma, the Russian River Valley, Carneros and the Willamette Valley produce top-notch wines from this variety. Other notable countries include New Zealand, Australia, and Chile. Typical descriptors for Pinot Noir include strawberry, raspberry, cherry, mushroom, and meaty notes.

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