November 3, 2011

The Wines of Masion Louis Jadot

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Over the past few years I've tasted a pretty sizable amount of wine from Maison Louis Jadot. There are several reasons for this. One, as a negociant, Jadot makes a lot of wine. A lot of wine. Second, Jadot makes so much wine that you don't have to go far to find some. Lastly, Jadot wines deliver excellent quality in relation to the price and truly interesting wines can be found without totally breaking the bank. This is especially true for wines from Burgundy, which, as many of you know, can be very expensive.
The Maison has producing quality wines for over 150 years since its founding by Louis Henry Denis Jadot in 1859. Today, Jadot is one of Burgundy's largest negociants, producing wine from over 380 acres of vines in Burgundy, which is a staggering amount for a Burgundian producer. The stable of wines from Louis Jadot reaches from numerous regional Bourgogne and Beaujolais bottlings all the way up to the very finest Grand Crus like Montrachet and Musigny. As I mentioned above, due to the vast number of bottles produced at various levels, Jadot's regional, village, and premeir cru wines are usually fairly easy to find.
A couple notes on some recent Jadot wines I've opened. The 1995 Beaune 1er Couchereaux, from the upper slope of Beaune's Premier Cru vineyards, showed terrific energy for a 16 year old Premier Cru from a less than stellar vintage. I also opened several bottles from the 2006 vintage to see how they were coming along.

The 2006 Beaune Greves was really drinking well for a young Beaune 1er with its deep, smoky cherry nose. Framed by some sweet oak, and sappy red fruit. Good wine, in a good space believe it or not.

The 2006 Gevery Chambertin Lavaux St. Jacques was not quite ready for prime time, which should be expected based on this terroir. I got hints of what this wine will become, but it really needs 5 more years to begin to show its beauty.
Considering that Jadot makes up the largest percentage of Burgundy wines in my cellar, this probably won't be the last time you see me writing about Jadot. Good thing, for me especially, is that there's even better stuff to come. Stay tuned.

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