Maison Louis Jadot

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Maison Louis Jadot carry a simple vision: the inscription in the long term of great terroirs of Burgundy. Founded by Louis Henry Denis Jadot in 1859, it was the first vineyard bought by the Jadot family is the Beaune vineyard, Clos des Ursules, in 1826.  Jadot consistently draws paise for his excellent wines from Wine Advocat, James Suckling and in fact all serious wine writers. The reason being consistency across the range of wines where village and premier cru wines receive the same attention as his grand crus.

2019 Overview - by Philip Tuck, MW
"Following an informative ‘Zoom’ call (due to COVID restrictions) with Frédéric Barnier to learn his thoughts and hear his understandable enthusiasm for the 2019 wines,  plus a small tasting of wines, it has been quite easy to conclude that we have another extremely attractive vintage in 2019. In short, the wines are defined by  their concentration, ripeness and approachability. Yes, there were challenges, as there always are in a relatively marginal climate, although recent warm vintages might suggest otherwise. The major challenge for this vintage came in the form of millerandage, where the vines failed to develop bunches of consistently sized grapes because of the cool or excessively windy weather during the precise period of the flowering. This had the impact of dramatically reducing the volume of juice in the fruit whilst concentrating the structural elements of the resulting wine - its acidity, alcohol and phenolic matter. This situation was exacerbated by a very dry growing season which has sadly resulted in low volumes of wine eventually being produced.

The Weather
After a relatively mild, dry winter, with occasional cool snaps in February, the growing cycle started early with minimal reserves of water – an increasingly common problem in many wine regions. Spring was fresh and gusty, particularly around flowering which was the direct cause of the millerandage problem. Fortunately, the common problems of frost and hail were less of an issue this year, although Auxey Duresses bore the brunt of the frost on 5th April. June was considerably hotter with occasional peaks of 40 degrees causing the vines to shut down in places. Welcome rain came in July but the warm weather returned in August and continued until full phenolic ripeness was achieved for the start of harvest on 11th September, slightly later than anticipated to allow the small berries with their thick skins to fully ripen.

The Wines
My early conclusion is that the reds are abundantly fruity and surprisingly soft in structure, yet have retained their essential freshness. The wines are pure and, in many cases, have a wonderfully enticing scent. They are undoubtedly ripe and concentrated with yields typically around 30-35hl/ha. They are easy to appreciate already but with the concentration and structure to last – if you have the patience. The whites are plush and polished with an obvious generosity of flavour. Their impressive structure, depth and richness combines with the evident acidity (retained through partial malolactic fermentation) to provide both balance and freshness. The frustration was that there is only 50% of the average crop, so many wines are in short supply. Alcohols are typically in the range of 13.5–14% and give the wines some weight and balance. Quality is very consistent throughout the region with an abundance of spectacular wines on offer, which lovers of fine Burgundy can look forward to enjoying in the medium term but where patience will certainly be rewarded with some exceptionally fine bottles."
Philip Tuck, MW

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In addition to the below JADOT wines, as part of the Maison Louis Jadot En Primeur Offering we also have Domaine Ferret Available - view here.