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.
100% Aligote, macerated on the skins then bottled with a little sugar remaining to finish fermentation in bottle. Direct and full of fruit, this is as refreshing a wine as you are likely to taste and a perfect aperitif.