Nuits - Les Proces 1985 R. Arnoux
9/95. Acquired from England Aug-95 for $30 (imported for $40 net).
An uncommon 1er Cru from the small (1.5 acres) holding of the fine Nuits
producer Domaine Arnoux. This evening with the new Israeli forum recruit
Daniel Rogov, accompanying dinner and the pretty sad affair of tonight's
Daniel brought with him a bottle of '85 Bichot's Nuits-St. Georges 'Les
Boudots'. Having smelled and tasted this rough, unclean, dark, high-alcohol
acidic and generally inelegant wine, I suggested to open a similar bottle side
by side. We all agreed the comparison of two Nuits 1er Crus from the same
vintage might prove interesting. Well, Robert Arnoux is *NOT* Domaine Bichot...
I don't want anybody to get the impression Daniel brings cheap wines. In his
capacity as a wine critic in Israel he gets to sample all newly made or newly
imported wines, this (and other) Bichot wines are now commercially imported
over here. Poor Rogov has to taste the good with the bad, that's his job < g >.
Back to the Arnoux wine:
COLOR: Quite light but brilliant ruby-red (as opposed to the very dark, even
muddy Bichot), paling towards the rim.
NOSE: Most delicate 'Bourgogne nose' setting the backdrop for very discernable
though not overpowering fresh red-berries fruit.
TASTE: Surprisingly delicate (for a Nuits!) on the palate. Good fruit amidst
very slight 'gamey' tones. Still vibrant though almost devoid of tannins.
LENGTH: Medium-short very pleasant mature-(B) aftertaste.
TEXTURE & BALANCE: A very well-made light-bodied Nuits 1er Cru. The abundant
fruit combined with good acidity give the impression of a younger wine. The
lack of tannins and the 'gamey' tones though indicate this truly good 1er Cru
is as mature as it should get. En Point!
OVERALL: Very good+! A beautiful example that a good Nuits-St. Georges 1er
Cru need not be a blockbuster or heavy or anything that is associated with the
old-fashioned perception of this appellation. Having said that, this wine
could have a bit more concentration (which would have put it in the
MARK: 16+/20.aaaaaaaaBUY MORE? Maybe.
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Jacob "Yak" Shaya.