MICHEL ARCELAIN SPOTLIGHT MIXED CASE
We can tell you things about Michel Arcelain that at first would not seem to have anything to do with wine. But then everything in Michel’s life has something to do with wine.
He’s tucked into his 90s, though you would swear he’s 60-something. He’s fit and lean like Ghandi, with big weathered hands, colossal exuberance and enormous strength of character. With more than 60 harvests under his belt, the man is larger than life.
Domaine Michel Arcelain is made up of parcels of vines inherited over a number of generations, as well as vineyards purchased by them over the years. These vineyards (with the exception of a small parcel in Chardonnay) are all Pinot Noir of the highest quality, known as Pinot Fin. The selection of quality vines was primordial for the domain... and, to add to his résumé, Michel Arcelain is one of the few Burgundian producers who still retains a portion of each harvest to allow it to age properly (to its ideal age, up to 10 years) in his cellars.
The wines of Domaine Arcelain are timeless classics. Never brash, they do drink well young; however, hidden within these powerfully subtle wines, there is an immense ability to age and improve.
This case includes 3 bottles of each RED burgundy with
GROUND SHIPPING INCLUDED:
Michel Arcelain Beaune 1er Cru 'Clos des Mouches' 2020
Even though the best-known Beaune 'Clos des Mouches' (from Domaine Drouhin) is a Chardonnay and sits on a pedestal on the world stage, most Clos des Mouches is red. The best known, and arguably the best parcel of vines on the slopes above Beaune, it can be either white or red. So put Michel Arcelain's perfect Pinot vines in a vineyard of this caliber, and you get something special. Michel comes from the old school. He thinks that women like his Clos des Mouches and men like his Pommard. But be real! What he really means is that his Clos des Mouches is elegant, lacy and fine, fresh and floral, with impeccable balanced intensity. And it is! This is an example of meticulous winemaking in a world-class parcel of vines.
Domaine Michel Arcelain Beaune ‘Siserpe’ 2006
A rich ruby color. There is a lovely floral aspect to the bouquet, then a generous finely tuned fruit right across the palate, offering subtle nuance. The tannins at the back are fine-boned. A wine that will appeal to those seeking for the ethereal side of Burgundy.
Michel Arcelain Pommard 2012
Intense aromas of blackberry, black currant, cherries and licorice. A fist in a velvet glove, fine but dense; more structured than you sense at first. Warm and round and long.
Domaine Michel Arcelain Bourgogne 2018
The grapes for this Bourgogne all come from the commune of Pommard, the climat of ‘Les Lormes’, ’Seurets’ and ‘Crenilles’. Hand harvested and 100% de-stemmed. The wine is matured in oak barrels for 22 months, however no new oak is used in order to protect the fruit profile freshness. Its aromas are red fruit, soft tannin with some hints of tertiary notes of underwood and spices. The palate is cranberries with a background of cassis, white pepper, rose, tea leaf tannin and bright minerality. The finish is long, lingering and balanced. A great introduction that demands more exploration of the producer. The domaine is committed to a reasoned culture from vines to wines. The philosophy is also to use traditional and modern methods to produce a wine as natural as possible. The wines of Domaine Arcelain are timeless classics, never brash, they do drink well young however hidden within these powerfully subtle wines there is an immense ability to age and improve.