The appellation Côte de Nuits-Villages covers vines across five villages: Fixin, Brochon, Prémeaux, Comblanchien and Corgoloin. This wine however comes only from a single, 1.6-hectare site called Clos du Chapeau. It’s another monopole belonging to Domaine de l’Arlot, located in Comblanchien (just south of Nuits-Saint-Georges). It’s a hat-shaped plot (hence the name), where the soil has plenty of limestone gravel eroded from the hills above. The vines were planted between 1987 and 1991.Roughly one-tenth of the fruit was fermented as whole bunches. This is a much deeper, fleshier and more seductive example of this wine than we’ve seen in the past. In the context of today’s Burgundy, it’s an absolute bargain.
“The 2018 Côte de Nuits-Villages Clos du Chapeau is very attractive, revealing aromas of red berries, cherries and rose petals that are framed by a deft touch of oak. On the palate, the wine is medium to full-bodied, velvety and charming, with supple tannins and an expressive core of fruit.” 89 points, William Kelley, The Wine Advocate
“The 2018 Côte de Nuits Village Clos du Chapeau has an open-knit, generous bouquet of red cherries and crushed strawberry fruit, hints of crushed rose petal emerging with time. The medium-bodied palate offers fine tannin. Taut and crisp with a vivacious, tart red cherry finish and a lightly spicy aftertaste. Delicious.” 88 points, Neal Martin, Vinous