Our visit to Arnaud came from a tip-off from our friend Jesse who was working with Domaine Dandelion at the time (Arnaud works some of Chandon’s parcels, where Christian from Dandelion is head winemaker.). On a beautifully misty morning in the Haute Côtes De Beaune we saw his family vineyard, Aligote and Pinot planted by his parents, originally sold to a co-operative but now Arnaud makes his own wine and has recently planted more of these varietals. The wines are electric - lightly extracted juices full of energy and very pure fruit. We have finally managed to get some wine from Arnaud, but predictably there is not a lot to go around.
Ouverture Rouge 2020
100% Pinot Noir. A gentle maceration gives a wine full of pure black fruit with incredibly supple silky tannins. Fluid in the way most Burgundy is not, though drinking beautifully I’ll be putting a bottle aside for a few years. We got just one case.