Pierre Girardin, Savigny-lès-Beaune 1er Cru Les Clous 2018


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What's in a name? The l'Arlot is a small stream. It runs mainly underground, sourced from the hills above Premeaux-Prissey. The hills of this area were a prime source of stone for the region's construction. Some quarries are still very much in operation, producing not just building stone but also the marble for which the area between Corton and Nuits-Saint-Georges is well-known.
The Clos de l'Arlot is a vineyard without equal. It is not just its 7 hectares containing ~4 hectares of mixed pinot noir, pinot gris and chardonnay, it's the other things it contains; formal garden, fruit trees and a giant fir tree, a swimming pool, a box-tree maze at the foot of a rock cliff and a constantly changing topography. The remaining vineyards are somewhat more 'standard'. Except for the aforementioned vines in Vosne-Romanée, the domaine's vines can all be found in Nuits. Almost since the beginning, the domaine has preferred to work in a bio way. Since 2000. they’ve used a biodynamic approach, the domaine could now apply for accreditation as 'bio' if they wished. They plough rather than use herbicides, use only home-made compost in the vineyards, and target yields of 35 hl/ha by green harvesting.


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