2012 Domaine de L'Arlot Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru "Les Suchots"
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Medium-deep, bright red. Ineffable, soil-inflected aromas and flavors of black raspberry, menthol, coffee, woodsmoke, leather, fresh blood and chocolate. Pure silk on the palate, but with terrific inner-mouth energy giving the wine a lovely perfumed quality. Finishes with superb breadth and suave tannic support. Domaine de l'Arlot's parcel is just below Richebourg. (ST)
The Vosne-Romanée Les Suchots is all about grace. Weightless, aromatically expressive and silky on the palate, the 2012 stands out for its feminine, graceful personality. Crushed flowers, sweet tobacco, licorice and leather meld into the generous, resonant finish. The Suchots is one of the least immediate wines in this range. Today it is contemplative and inward, but gorgeous all the same. (AG)
Allen Meadows - Burghound
*Sweet Spot, Outstanding!* A reserved and almost mute nose required a lot of swirling to liberate the timid aromas of cool and airy plum, cherry, spice and violet suffused aromas. In much the same fashion as the Clos des Forêts the mouth feel of the medium-bodied flavors is pure silk thanks mainly to the ultra-fine grained tannins. To be sure though the finish is not soft as this really firms up and I very much like the excellent persistence and really lovely balance that should enable this to age effortlessly yet drink well young too.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
From vines located just below Richebourg on the other side of the lane, the 2012 Vosne-Romanee 1er Cru Les Suchots has a precise, tightly coiled bouquet that takes time to unfurl in the glass, reluctantly offering enticing raspberry, bergamot and Earl Grey. The palate is well-balanced with ripe, fleshy tannins counterbalanced by crisp acidity. It clams up a little towards the finish, although bottle age will allow it to mellow and unwind. Great mineralite on the aftertaste comes through with aeration to cap everything off nicely. (NM)
From a parcel just below Richebourg.