2007 Domaine Arnoux-Lachaux, Romanee-Saint-Vivant Grand Cru 6x750ml


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Tasting Notes

Tasting Notes

Robert Parker – 92

The Arnoux 2007 Romanee Saint-Vivant smells of smoked meats, resin, lightly-cooked black fruits, and forest floor. Palpably dense and a bit stewed, its opacity is the antithesis of the best wines of 2008, yet it’s impossible to resist the blandishments of this cru’s sheer berry-sweetness, cocoa powder richness, and saliva-inducing, salt-tinged meatiness. I would look for ten or a dozen years of satisfaction from this, perhaps more, but at the same time, I’m skeptical that it will need to be held for more than a few years to reveal its full potential. I tasted Pascal Lachaux’s 2008s soon after their late-January bottling, and a few of them may have been suffering from trauma they thereby sustained, but on the whole this was an impressive if darkly-hued and unapologetically firmly-structured collection. Lachaux reports that his malos were “on time, normal,” and adds “the truth about 2008 and why the malos were so often retarded is that people sulfured the fruit too heavily at the advice of their enologues.” Even at bottling, Lachaux reports that he was sparing with sulfur and expected to take advantage of the high levels of residual CO2 in his 2008s. He says he allowed temperatures to rise during the fermentation as a means of extracting more flavor without having to actively work the cap and in consequence risk pulling out green flavors or hard tannins. This approach may explain the particularly low-toned personality of this 2008 collection, which certainly didn’t leave me wishing that the wines had sustained additional pigeage! If the number of magnums I saw is any indication, Lachaux seriously intends on putting to the test his confidence in this vintage’s aging potential. Yet he is also very keen on his 2007s, those of which I tasted from bottle were indeed impressive, though I seem even in this instance to be missing what those growers most enamored of their 2007s profess to perceive. Importer: Rosenthal Wine Merchant, Pine Plains, NY; tel. (800) 910-1990 [David Schildknecht, 01/06/2010]

Vinous – 93+

Good bright medium red. Reticent aromas of red and black fruits, smoky minerality, underbrush and sweet oak; complex but less sexy and expressive today than the Suchots, which is typical of these two wines. Similarly less showy in the early going, but with superb definition and depth to its small berry, smoke, mineral and spice flavors. This very suave wine is most impressive today on the very long, silky back end. Give this four or five years to approach its plane of peak drinkability. [Stephen Tanzer, 03/01/2010]

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