Maison Louis Jadot En Primeur 2018
Jadot's impressive circular winery in Beaune may appear large, but making around 125 wines each year, many fill just one vat or even a few barrels.
Having offered Burgundy en primeur from Domaine Louis Jadot for many years, we took the opportunity of visiting them last month. The ostensible reason was to taste the excellent 2018 vintage, but this was also an opportunity to become better acquainted with the team there and to learn more about one of the most important producers in Burgundy.
We will add a full list of wines after later in the autumn. For the now, the wines below represent those which stood out from a special 'preview' tasting we attended in Beaune in September. We were tremendously impressed by the simplicity and integrity of approach expressed by Pierre-Henry Gagey and winemaker Frederic Barnier. We asked Frederic some (we thought, very clever) technical questions about this winemaking approach. He answered each of them with charming insouciance, referring us back to the terroir. His aim is to intervene as little as possible, to allow each climat to express itself.
This solitary winery worker appeared to be the only person doing actual work; punching down the cap on a vat of fermenting 2019 Pommard, one of just three small vats of this wine.
After the warm growing season in 2018, Frederick blocked the malo-lactic fermentation on his white wines, to retain acidity. This, along with the low intervention approach leaves an impression of elegant, crystalline wines with infinite subtle variations in mineral, fruit or tannic character, all of which come from the vineyard itself. A very effective demonstration of this was a tasting held on the boundary between Puligny and Meursault. Standing in amongst Jadots Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Referts vines, we tasted the wine itself. We then moved a few feet across the road and we were in the Meursault Les Charmes 1er Cru. Two wines made identically but in such distinct styles. With such a rich choice of wines, Jadot's range is like a vinous map of the Cote d'Or. Anyone with a passion for Burgundy could do far worse than use their wines as a guide to understanding the terroirs...it would make for a very pleasurable learning process.
The extensive cellars beneath the Couvent de Jacobins, Jadot's 15th Century converted convent in the centre of Beaune.
Prices are ex-VAT per case of 12 bottles, unless otherwise advised. DP = duty-paid ex-London. IB = under bond ex-London.
|White||2018||Louis Jadot - Batard Montrachet Grand Cru||75cl||£1,650 per case of 6||IB|
|White||2018||Louis Jadot - Bienvenues Batard Montrachet grand cru||75cl||£1,650 per case of 6||IB|
|Red||2018||1 case||Louis Jadot - Bonnes Mares grand cru||75cl||£895 per case of 3||IB|
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|Red||2018||4 cases||Louis Jadot - Chambertin Clos de Bèze grand cru||75cl||£870 per case of 3||IB|
|Red||2018||2 cases||Louis Jadot - Chapelle Chambertin grand cru||75cl||£990 per case of 6||IB|
(Domaine) "The 2018 Chapelle-Chambertin Grand Cru has a very attractive, pure, w... Read more
(Domaine) "The 2018 Chapelle-Chambertin Grand Cru has a very attractive, pure, well-defined bouquet of red cherries, wild strawberry, sous-bois and light orange pith aromas that gain intensity with aeration. The medium-bodied palate displays supple tannins and a fine bead of acidity. A little peppery in style, with a touch of brown spice toward the finish. This is a well-crafted Chapelle-Chambertin. 92-94 points" Neal Martin, Vinous.com "The 2018 Chapelle-Chambertin Grand Cru (Domaine Louis Jadot) offers up a lovely bouquet of wild berries, peonies, orange rind, licorice and smoky soil tones. On the palate, it's medium to full-bodied, concentrated and fine-boned, with refined structuring tannins, a lively core of fruit and a long, perfumed finish. As usual, this is showing very well. 93-95+ points" William Kelley, RobertParker.com Close
|Red||2018||2 cases||Louis Jadot - Charmes Chambertin Grand Cru||75cl||£990 per case of 6||IB|
(Domaine) "The 2018 Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru has a clean, precise bouquet wi... Read more
(Domaine) "The 2018 Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru has a clean, precise bouquet with subtle violet aromas infusing the blackberry and cassis fruit. The palate is ripe and sensual on the opening, slightly lower in acidity compared to the other Grand Crus, but undeniably harmonious and velvety-smooth toward the finish. This is a classy, almost understated Charmes-Chambertin. Very fine. 93-95 points" Neal Martin, Vinous.com Close
|White||2018||Louis Jadot - Chevalier Montrachet Les Demoiselles grand cru||75cl||£2,225 per case of 6||IB|
|Red||2018||2 cases||Louis Jadot - Clos St Denis grand cru||75cl||£1,295 per case of 6||IB|
(Domaine) "The 2018 Clos Saint-Denis Grand Cru has a cohesive, focused bouquet o... Read more
(Domaine) "The 2018 Clos Saint-Denis Grand Cru has a cohesive, focused bouquet of intense red currant, wild strawberry and crushed stone aromas. The palate is medium-bodied with crisp acidity and slightly angular tannins that will be softened with time. I appreciate the energy and backbone of this Grand Cru. Excellent. 93-95 points" Neal Martin, Vinous.com "One of the highlights of the portfolio is the 2018 Clos Saint-Denis Grand Cru (Domaine Gagey), a lovely wine that bursts with aromas of rose petals, deep red fruits, sweet soil tones, raw cocoa and cinnamon. On the palate, it's full-bodied, layered and multidimensional, with lively acids, considerable concentration and an ample endowment of fine-grained tannin. This will require and reward patience. 94-96 points" William Kelley, RobertParker.com Close
|Red||2018||Louis Jadot - Clos Vougeot grand cru||75cl||£645 per case of 6||IB|
"The 2018 Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru has an intense bouquet of blueberry, cassis ... Read more
"The 2018 Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru has an intense bouquet of blueberry, cassis and iodine aromas, almost Chambolle-like in style. The medium-bodied palate delivers supple tannins and a fine bead of acidity. Citrus-fresh with orange peel and marmalade notes toward the persistent finish. Excellent. 93-95 points" Neal Martin, Vinous.com Close
|White||2018||Louis Jadot - Corton Charlemagne Grand Cru||75cl||£745 per case of 6||IB|
Honey and cinnamon spice on the nose, with almonds and apple fruits, nothing at ... Read more
Honey and cinnamon spice on the nose, with almonds and apple fruits, nothing at all overripe, with intensity and length on the palate consistent with this Grand Cru. RKL "The 2018 Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru has a fresh bouquet of fennel, mint and light hazelnut aromas, all complementing the citrus fruit. The palate is vibrant and fresh on the entry with a fine bead of acidity. Harmonious from start to finish, it delivers an appealing spiciness that leaves the tongue tingling, thanks to a dab of ginger on the aftertaste. Very fine. 93-95 points" Neal Martin, Vinous.com Close
|Red||2018||4 cases||Louis Jadot - Echezeaux grand cru||75cl||£1,030 per case of 6||IB|
(Domaine) "The 2018 Echézeaux Grand Cru has a voluminous, intense bouquet of mul... Read more
(Domaine) "The 2018 Echézeaux Grand Cru has a voluminous, intense bouquet of multilayered red berry fruit mixed with brown spices and sous-bois aromas. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannins and slightly creamy in texture. It feels cohesive, and the sensual finish is very appealing. Plenty of drinking pleasure to be found here. 92-94 points" Neal Martin, Vinous.com "There are ten barrels of the 2018 Echézeaux Grand Cru (Domaine Louis Jadot), an excellent wine that unwinds in the glass with aromas of sweet wild berries, dark chocolate, potpourri and spices. On the palate, it's full-bodied, velvety and supple, with a broad and textural attack, fine depth at the core and a lively, nicely defined finish. This is often one of Jadot's most underrated wines, and it is well worth seeking out. 93-95 points" William Kelley, RobertParker.com Close
|Red||2018||1 case||Louis Jadot - Gevrey Chambertin Clos St Jacques 1er cru (Domaine)||75cl||£725 per case of 6||IB|
"The 2018 Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Clos Saint-Jacques (Domaine Louis Jadot) is ... Read more
"The 2018 Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Clos Saint-Jacques (Domaine Louis Jadot) is a beautiful wine in the making, revealing an incipiently complex bouquet that mingles aromas of smoky berry fruit, cassis and orange rind with nuances of peony, espresso roast, rich soil tones and black truffle. On the palate, it's medium to full-bodied, deep and multidimensional, with excellent concentration, fine structuring tannins that are largely concealed by the wine's wealth of fruit and a long, perfumed finish. 93-95+ points" William Kelley, RobertParker.com "The 2018 Gevrey-Chambertin Clos Saint-Jacques 1er Cru has a wonderful bouquet that just pips the Cazetiers for precision and poise. This is detailed and very finely tuned, the oak married perfectly with the fruit. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannins and very well-judged acidity, almost sorbet-fresh. The vivacious blood-orange-infused finish seems to shimmer. This is a great Clos Saint-Jacques from Louis Jadot. 94-96 points" Neal Martin, Vinous.com Close
|White||2018||Louis Jadot - Le Montrachet grand cru||75cl||£2,950 per case of 6||IB|
|White||2018||Louis Jadot - Puligny Montrachet 1er Cru Les Combettes||75cl||£435 per case of 6||IB|
Lots of concentration, a combination of broad, rounded clay-soil style with some... Read more
Lots of concentration, a combination of broad, rounded clay-soil style with some incisive mineral character, which will intensify with time in bottle. RKL Close
|White||2018||Louis Jadot - Puligny Montrachet Clos de la Garenne 1er Cru (Duc de Magenta)||75cl||£350 per case of 6||IB|
Great concentration with lemon pith and a fine, dry texture on the palate. One ... Read more
Great concentration with lemon pith and a fine, dry texture on the palate. One of the most succesful of Jadot's Pulignys in 2018. RKL "The 2018 Puligny-Montrachet Clos de la Garenne 1er Cru has an impressive bouquet of green apples, fresh pear and touches of petrichor, developing light walnut aromas so that it becomes almost Meursault-like. The palate is taut and fresh with a menthol undercurrent, and quite concentrated, displaying good definition and a palpable sense of energy toward the finish. This is excellent. 92-94 points" Neal Martin, Vinous.com Close