2014 Domaine Arlaud Clos-Saint-Denis Grand Cru (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1276700 92-95 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 A perfumed and dazzlingly elegant nose displays aromas of essence of red Pinot fruit with plenty of spice and floral elements in evidence. This too possesses a caressing mouth feel as there is an abundance of dry extract that buffers the moderately firm tannins on the dusty and superbly persistent finale. This is notably finer than the Charmes but not more complex.  (1/2016)

93-95 points Vinous

 Good bright, dark red. Explosive nose combines black raspberry, violet pastille, rose petal, licorice, bitter chocolate and minerals, along with a distinctive soil quality. Juicy, precise and penetrating, with very intense purple fruit flavors framed by brisk acidity. Really perfumes the mouth and wakes up the taste buds on the firmly tannic, very long finish, which conveys a strong impression of salty minerality. Delivers an uncanny combination of pure fruit, energy and salinity. (ST)  (1/2016)

92-94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2014 Clos St Denis Grand Cru (three barrels this year) has a touch more complexity on the nose than the Clos de la Roche, armed with blood orange infusing the red berry fruit, with the mineral scents (cold limestone and flint) here more expressive. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, crisp in the mouth, structured and mint-fresh, maybe without quite the same degree of charm as the Clos de la Roche on the finish. Still, this is a fine Clos Saint Denis, but it will require a few years in the cellar for its backbone to soften and to gain more finesse. (NM)  (12/2015)

93 points Decanter

 Very pure red fruit with a tight and compact structure and a spicy finish.  (5/2016)

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