September 27, 2009

Jadot and Thibault Liger-Belair-A Step Closer to Burgundy Each Day

Some folks say it's inevitable. Others may try to deny it. I am here to tell you, it is true... All roads lead to Burgundy. I've been drinking and thinking about wine seriously for 5 years, and I now find myself increasingly drawn to old-world wines. Especially the Pinot Noirs from Burgundy. There is something haunting about good Burgundy; it speaks of a place, and a people unlike any other wine. And, equally as important, it tastes like wine! No manipulated, over-oaked fruit juice here. My journey is just beginning, but the journey is what it is all about. I popped two young Burgs this weekend. Each was special in its own way.

2006 Louis Jadot Beaune Clos des Ursules ($50)

Jadot Ursules is a walled in portion of the Beaune 1er Cru (Vignes Franches). It was purchased in 1826 by Louis Henry Denis Jadot and has remained a solely owned property of the Jadot. The wine needs 10-15 years to strut its stuff. This took a long time to come around. It was really tight initially. Took about 4 hours in the decanter to show signs of what is down the road. Medium-light red in the glass. Raspberry and red fruit nose. Precise. Clean. There is a little bit of spicy wood on the nose. Needs 5 years.

2004 Thibault Liger-Belair Nuits Saint Georges La Charmotte ($30)

The Thibault comes from vineyards in Nuits St George. I've been through several bottles the past couple of years. This was the best showing yet. Nose is slightly dirty, some funk and truffle. Palate is irony, with minerals and stock. Dark fruit pokes its head out with some air. Really fine with the food. Finishes with an earth and truffle note. Solid. Good now with some air.

I also whipped up quick deconstructed BLTs for Sat night. These were just freaking tasty. Not much more I can say.


  1. I'm still not there on the Burgundy train, but do enjoy a blend of both old and new world wines. I tend to prefer whites from the old and reds from the new, but do enjoy both from a wide variety of places.

  2. Hey Kevin- Just give it some time. You'll get aboard :-)Thanks for the visit!

  3. I had this one a couple weeks ago:

    2004 Thibault Liger-Belair Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru Les Saint Georges

    and it was a similarly positive experience...glad to hear other good notes about Thibault.

  4. Thanks for your comment Eric. Thibault makes some nice wines. I have also enjoyed the Corvee, thier cheapest village wine. I think I have had that Les Saint Georges, too. Gotta check my notes.
    Thanks for stopping by my blog.