2014 Domaine Arlaud Morey-Saint-Denis 1er Cru "Les Blanchards" (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1276585 93 points Wine Spectator

 A tightly wound style, dense and compact, set on a sleek frame and packed with cherry, raspberry, mineral and tea flavors. Judging by the length, this has fine potential and time to give. Finds equilibrium on the finish. Best from 2019 through 2035.  (10/2015)

90-92 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 Reduction. Here too there is fine volume and concentration to the round but muscular middle weight plus flavors that possess more volume but less minerality on the delicious and supple if mildly rustic finish. I very much like the balance and overall depth and this is a wine that should be approachable young yet reward 12 to 15 years of cellaring.  (1/2016)

90-92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2014 Morey St Denis 1er Cru les Blanchards demonstrated more fruit intensity on the nose compared to the 2014 Millandes out of barrel: wild strawberry, raspberry and a touch of cassis. The palate is fresh and vibrant on the entry with sappy ripe black fruit, more citric than the Millandes with a sense of nascent energy coming through on the finish. This is very fine Les Blanchards and it should age with style. (NM)  (12/2015)

90-92 points Vinous

 the Arlauds have gotten this fruit from 60-year-old vines through a fermage arrangement since 2004): Good bright red. Lively aromas of black raspberry, spices and violet. Juicy, fruity, spicy and fresh; very ripe but not a fleshy style. Finishes with noteworthy verve and punch, and the spine to reward aging. This dark clay and calcaire soil would probably be great for Chardonnay, noted Cyprien Arlaud. (ST)  (1/2016)

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