This Monopole 1er Cru pinot is the pièce de résistance from the Domaine de l'Arlot. The vines are planted on a terroir with a lower stratum of white chalk (marnes blanches) not hard limestone like most other NSG. This accounts for the wine's distinct identity. Floral, violets, roses, sweet thyme. A really suave and impressive bouquet. Very concentrated, multi-layered fruit, great impact without toughness. Vinified in 50% new oak barrels. The Domaine buys its own wood, ages it and decides on the level of toast (la chauffe); an element of control that I have noticed is increasingly common in top domaines. This NSG 1er Cru scores 24-27 / 30 for the NSG 1er Cru appellation. Therefore, top rank. Photo shows the vineyard from the terrace at the back of the domaine.