2002 Domaine Arlaud Clos de la Roche Cuvée Unique

Pinot Noir

  • France
  • Burgundy
  • Côte de Nuits
  • Clos de la Roche Grand Cru
Drink between 2010 - 2016 (Edit)
CT91.3 5 reviews
Label borrowed from 2001
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Community Tasting Notes 5

  • fitzi wrote:

    January 1, 2021 - From 750, New Year's Eve. With the cork, a rich aroma of freshly roasted coffee emerged from the bottle. Poured a large glass, decanted half the bottle into an empty 375, left the remainder in the bottle, open, on the counter for 24 hours. Drank the glass slowly over the course of the evening,

    The wine from the glass was a brambly mess, flat, flavors hard to differentiate, little aroma, no finish. The wine worsened over the course of the evening, if anything, and I wrote it off to either mild corkedness or just bad winemaking. This evening, out of a sense of scientific interest, I poured the remainder from the open bottle. Still largely dumb, this now came across as a very large-scaled wine indeed, with a nascent resurgence of the initial coffee, substantial depth, and a real finish. But inarticulate, so likely still a baby,

    I'm going into such excruciating detail here because of the note posted a couple of days ago by Doublemagnum, to which I feel my experience adds useful information. Based on the second glass tonight, I'd estimate that, in this format, the wine needs something like another decade to develop into even youthful maturity, when it has the potential to be a very grand cru indeed. An interesting surprise, and I'll try to keep hands off the remaining bottles until at least 2025.

  • DoubleMagnum Likes this wine: 89 points

    December 29, 2020 - Medium garnet in color. Had against WS from same year. I have to admit I had higher expectations from this. I thought WS was going to take an ass whipping from this. But I was wrong. That said, this was OK. Burgundian in style, drier, more savory. But the acidity didn't feel as pronounced as its American counterpart. The nose is red fruited and there are some hints of wet leaves and leather but it was quite muted, the palate a bit dull too. It may be going through a mute phase but this didn't show at the GC level, not even PC. It is drinkable and enjoyable but honestly disappointing. And unfortunately, that is part of the Burgundy game. You win some, you lose some, quite a few.
    Hoping for better luck next time.

  • Paul S wrote: 93 points

    August 24, 2013 - Pre-Op Drinks at Kel's (Kelvin and Joyce's Place, Bishan): Not quite my style of Burgundy, and this was one of those tight, stubborn 2002s to boot, but for all that, it was admittedly still a very good wine. The nose still showed a good bit of oak influence, which seems out of place in a Burgundy past its first decade to me, showing shades of wood and toasted vanilla and coffee aromas alongside its otherwise rich smells of blueberries, black cherries and violets, with little motes of earth and a puff of gunpowder blowing around behind. With time, some meaty notes and a hint of menthol starting peeking out from behind the oak. A bit tight at first, but pleasant enough even with the oak. The palate had a rather modern feel to it - very rich, velvety and plush, with layers of blueberry and dark cherries and deep violet notes held in sweet, ripe tannins. Yet this was also classically balanced with juicy acidity, and a nice line of mineral that undergirded the attack and midpalate helped to give it a nice sense of focus. The finish was very full, very powerful, with orangey acidity and some stewed tea notes nestling amidst deep blue fruit, just before a final kiss of oaky vanillin set-in. Very youthful and primary, a bit too modern for my taste, but this clearly had lots of quality on it. It needs lots of time yet – I would give it a good 10 years – but I think it will be a very good wine when it matures.

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  • Alex H wrote: 87 points

    August 23, 2013 - Grippy powerful cherries with gunpowder toasty oak. Fruits are beautiful and wanting to show its pedigree but the oak and modernity seems to overshadow the natural power. Still tasty but might need more age.

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  • bamawine wrote: 96 points

    July 31, 2012 - clove and allspice nose,plum and black raspberry palate with long finish-extraordinary grand cru burgundy

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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2002
  • Type Red
  • Producer Domaine Arlaud
  • Varietal Pinot Noir
  • Designation Cuvée Unique
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country France
  • Region Burgundy
  • SubRegion Côte de Nuits
  • Appellation Clos de la Roche Grand Cru

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  • In Cellars 19 (59%)
  • Consumed 13 (41%)

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