Good medium red. Rather brooding aromas of dark fruits, licorice and fresh herbs. Then spicy, medicinal and backward in the mouth, with good sweetness and moderate breadth for Clos Vougeot. Finishes with considerable tannins that reach the incisors. Fairly powerful in the context of this group and in need of a solid eight years of cellaring, but is there enough mid-palate stuffing to buffer the tannins?
Robert Parker 90
From his single parcel in this cru of 50 year old vines against the wall separating it from Grands Echezeaux, the Arnoux 2008 Clos Vougeot proves to be another reservoir of dark berries and even darker chocolate and licorice. Dark, dense, and overtly tannic, this formidably gripping Clos Vougeot – which Lachaux says he considers especially successful – is relatively opaque, with a sense of crushed stone adding to the relative sense of austerity with which it finishes. I would plan on anticipating this needing at least half a dozen years in the cellar if one wants to bet on it.