Domaine de l'Arlot is the site of the former Domaine Jules Belin in Premeaux, located just south of Nuits St. Georges. The Domaine was co-owned by Jean-Pierre De Smet, who spent about eight years alongside Jacques Seysses of Domaine Dujac before taking over at Arlot in 1986, and Lise Judet. Today, 14 hectares are planted with Pinot Noir for the red wines, with about 5% devoted to Chardonnay and Pinot Gris for the whites. The oldest vines are about 60+ years old, with the average age around 35. Since 2002 the Domaine has practiced 100% organic farming.
The Domaine has two premier cru Monopoles: Clos des Forêts Saint Georges (7 hectares) and Clos de L'Arlot (4 hectares). The Clos de L'Arlot also produces about 3,000 bottles of a rare white Nuits St. Georges. The Nuits St. George AC is made from the young Clos des Forêts vines, producing about 3,000 bottles. The Côte de Nuits Villages Clos du Chapeau is only about 3 hectares.
In 1991, the Domaine added a parcel of Romanée Saint Vivant to its holdings. The vines are located just in front of Romanée Conti. In 1992, Arlot purchased and produced Vosne Romanée les Suchots. The wines of Domaine de L'Arlot are aged in about one third new wood from the Allier forest and are bottled after 16-18 months for the premier crus, 14-15 months for the village wines. The reds are bottled unfiltered.
In 2007, management of the Domaine was handed over to Olivier Leriche, who had worked at the domaine for many years under Jean-Pierre de Smet. In 2011, Olivier left to start his own winery, and Jacques Devauges was recruited as his successor. Jacques had previously been the director at Maison Frédéric Magnien and Domaine Michel Magnien in Morey Saint-Denis. Jacques is committed to maintaining the classic, elegant style that has come to define the wines of Domaine de L’Arlot.
Medium colour. Initially not an full nose, it retains the hallmarks of the rest of its family, high-toned fresh fruit, and a hint of coffee mixed with the smoky notes. Also the palate is quite fresh and concentrated.