Burgundy, France

Robert Arnoux was among the most esteemed and influential pillars of modern Burgundy. His eponymous Domaine, which included superb vineyards spread over 15 appellations, produced some of the most noteworthy wines of his era. Although the family estate dates back some 150 years into the nineteenth century, their wines were not estate bottled until the late 1950’s and early 1960’s. When Robert Arnoux passed away in 1995, he was succeeded by is son-in-law, Pascal Lachaux who had been working alongside his father-in-law since 1987. The Domaine was renamed Arnoux-Lachaux in 2007. Grandson Charles Lachaux took the reins in 2012 and, to the delight of his father and the acclaim of critics, the wine at Domaine Arnoux-Lachaux has never been better.

Domaine Arnoux-Lachaux today comprises 14.5 hectares of old vine (over fifty years on average) pinot noir situated in the Côte de Nuits. The agriculture is organic (certification pending) and biodynamic viticulture is the norm. There is no pre-soak and the grapes are fermented most;y (70%-90%) whole-cluster over indigenous yeasts. The young wine is gently pressed off after about 10 days using a vertical press, then decanted into oak barrels (only 10-30% new) for 14 months of aging.