November 22, 2010

Maison Louis Jadot: 2006 Gevrey Chambertin Lavaux St Jacques and 2006 Nuits St Georges

Checked in on two 2006s from Louis Jadot this weekend. The 2006 vintage will forever live in the shadows of the heralded 2005 vintage; yet, 2006 red can provide a lot of enjoyment, and in many cases, you won't have to wait as long for the wines to come around. Jancis Robinson has a nice summary of 2006 here. This past weekend I opened two bottles from Louis Jadot, one was village level, and one premier cru.

The 2006 Nuits St. Georges was already drinking quite well. Rather simple right now, it was mostly strawberry fruit and spice. Not too much depth and relative short finish with a bit of heat. Perhaps some short-term cellaring will bring out some tertiary characteristics. A good match with my simple roast chicken dinner. 

The 2006 Gevrey-Chambertin Lavaux St. Jacques was quite pretty, despite its youthfulness. A real step up in depth and detail from the village, it offers a glimpse now of what it will become in  5 to 10 years. A wine full of perfume, floral notes, cherry fruit, and a strong acidic spine. Nice wine, but not cheap at $65.

2 comments:

  1. have you ever gone just simple 'Bourgogne' up against a Village level, 1er Cru from that village, and Grand Cru from that village? Would love to see how the complexity builds...

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  2. Thanks for the visit Joe.
    I have never done the full appellation range in one sitting. That would be interesting.

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