The longstanding Domaine Robert Arnoux today has received a facelift of sorts in the form of Robert's grandson, Charles Lachaux. Though the wines of the Domaine were always well-regarded, it is with Charles' ascent that the quality increased exponentially as he focused his lens firmly on improving what he could within the old vineyards and winery. Today the wines are among the most sought-after in the entire region, as their class is rarely equalled.
With 14.5 hectares of land to their name, the Domaine Arnoux-Lachaux has enviable resources, the greatest of them perhaps being the man in charge - Charles Lachaux. With his mother Florence alongside him, Charles devoted his efforts early on to revitalizing the impressive range of vineyards that date back to 1921 - an average of 60+ years across them all. The changes include higher and denser canopies than is normal throughout Burgundy as so many opt for the more neatly-manicured hedges that photograph well. This means more manpower is needed, but the grapes are picked earlier as this allows for earlier picking at perfect ripeness.
In the winery, Charles installed a vertical press which, again, is more time-consuming as it presses smaller loads more delicately, but the result is a finer, less obtuse wine. He also greatly reduced the use of new oak, and instituted the inclusion of some whole clusters being retained for fermentations; today some of the wines are entirely whole-cluster.
Today, the Lachaux name is synonymous with quality; the innovations continue - as of 2022, no oak will be used in the winery at all! - as Lachaux becomes more and more comfortable in his role, all the while remaining humble. Yet he is forward-thinking, trying to connect more with the consumers and really help to make sure his wines end up in the right hands of the deserving drinkers. Could be you!