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.  

 

Excitement around the 2019 Burgundy en primeur releases is building as more critics release their notes and views.  Neal Martin's reviews for Jadot highlight what a winemaking triumph this was for them.  Winemaker Frederic Barnier has produced elegant, complex whites and reds with incredibly fine tannins and vibrant, fresh fruit, despite the warmth of the summer.

The wines were a joy to taste late last year in London.  As we have said previously, no burgundy house is so consistent in delivering benchmark wines which, if you are lucky enough to taste them together, form a liquid atlas of the Côte d'Or

 

 

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.

 

Barnier generally looks for a riper style to the fruit than some domaines and his expertise in judging picking dates shows through in the cask samples.  The palate of aromas and flavours in both reds and whites is generous and opulent, but balanced by very judicious winemaking and moderate use of oak.  

The whites are made largely without undergoing malolactic fermentation, adding freshness and energy to balance the opulence.  The reds are concentrated, but each with a perfume which invariably delineates its terroir perfectly.

 

 

The extensive cellars beneath the Couvent de Jacobins, Jadot's 15th Century converted convent in the centre of Beaune.

 

Among personal highlights of the 2019 tasting for us were the Beaune reds and whites.  Wines from this appellation can seem a little too ethereal or austere (perhaps we are not refined enough!) but the last two vintages have added a depth and richness to the fruit, allowing the structure and minerality to really shine.  The Beaune 1er Cru "Grèves Le Clos Blanc" is positively tropical and Meursault-like, while the red "Clos des Ursules" (NM 91-93 pts) is fleshed out with lovely, deep fruit, framed by minerality.

For the second vintage running, the Clos Vougeot (93-95 pts NM) struck us a much more ripe, generous and approachable grand cru. From the lower slopes of the Clos, which sometimes ripen later, the 2019 has an inky depth of fruit and profound earthy tones.   

Amongst the whites, the Chassagnes premiers crus really shone, with richness balanced by complex floral aromas and exceptionally pure stone fruits, not at all what you might expect from a hot summer.  The flavours in 2019 are generous, even if the size of the harvest was not. 

Tucked away at the foot of these grands and premiers crus, you will also find the single vineyard Moulin-à-Vents from Château des Jacques.  These are extraordinarily fine and seem to blur the divide between gamay and pinot noir, with their granitic terroirs adding complexity.  

With such small quantities made in this vintage, many of the wines are available in tiny quantities, we recommend ordering without delay to secure them.

 

Offered en primeur and on allocation, many wines in limited availability.  Due to land in the UK in November 2021.

 

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Prices are ex-VAT per case of 12 bottles, unless otherwise advised.  DP = duty-paid ex-London.  IB = under bond ex-London.

Red 2019 Louis Jadot - Beaune Clos des Couchereaux 1er cru (Domaine des Héritiers Jadot) 75cl £180 per case of 6 IB
"The 2019 Beaune Clos des Couchereaux 1er Cru definitely has the most floral of ... Read more
"The 2019 Beaune Clos des Couchereaux 1er Cru definitely has the most floral of Jadot’s Beaune Premier Crus; rose petal scents infuse the brambly red fruit, mixed with a light marine scent. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannins and a keen bead of acidity. This is very elegant and shows impressive poise toward the finish. A delicious Beaune in the making. 2023-2036. 91-93 points." Neal Martin Vinous.com, Dec 2020 Close
Red 2019 Louis Jadot - Beaune Clos des Ursules 1er cru (Domaine des Héritiers Jadot) 75cl £280 per case of 6 IB
Taut, structured and stony....classic Beaune red, despite the warmth of the vint... Read more
Taut, structured and stony....classic Beaune red, despite the warmth of the vintage! There is a characteristic earthy or meaty note beneath the red fruits which adds great seriousness, as do the mineral (stony!) notes on the palate. RKL "The 2019 Beaune Clos des Ursules 1er Cru has a fragrant bouquet featuring a mélange of red and black fruit intermingled with orange blossom and iodine aromas. Good intensity. The palate is medium-bodied with a stocky opening, fine structure and symmetry and a fine bead of acidity. There’s a dark fruit flourish toward the finish, which leaves behind a subtle marine-themed aftertaste. Excellent. 2023-2038. 91-93 points." Neal Martin Vinous.com, Dec 2020 "Always one of the high points of the portfolio, the 2019 Beaune 1er Cru Clos des Ursules (Domaine des Héritiers Jadot) offers up aromas of berries and plums with hints of warm spices and orange rind, framed by a deft touch of new oak. Medium to full-bodied, round and fleshy, with elegantly muscular structuring tannins and lively acids, this will age with grace. 92-94 points" William Kelley, RobertParker.com Close
White 2019 Louis Jadot - Bienvenues Batard Montrachet grand cru 75cl £885 per case of 3 IB
"The 2019 Bienvenues-Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru has quite a rich, honeyed bouqu... Read more
"The 2019 Bienvenues-Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru has quite a rich, honeyed bouquet that just deprives this of the same terroir expression as Jadot’s other Grand Crus. The palate is well balanced with a lightly spiced opening, and honeyed in style, offering notes of passion fruit, rhubarb and ginger toward the finish. Very pleasant to drink but it does not quite convey the essence of Bienvenues. 2023-2040. 91-93 points." Neal Martin Vinous.com, Dec 2020 Close
Red 2019 Louis Jadot - Chambertin Clos de Bèze grand cru 75cl £875 per case of 3 IB
"The 2019 Chambertin Clos-de-Bèze Grand Cru has a lovely bouquet that is wonderf... Read more
"The 2019 Chambertin Clos-de-Bèze Grand Cru has a lovely bouquet that is wonderfully delineated and focused, presenting a quite intense mixture of red and black fruit tinged with sous-bois and light black truffle aromas. The palate is medium-bodied with bold tannins and a fine bead of acidity. Smooth in texture, it exhibits dark chocolate and brown spice notes, some new oak just masking the terroir expression and delineation on the finish at the moment. Give this at least 4–5 years in bottle and that will be addressed. Just one double barrel produced (460 liters). 2025 - 2048. 93-95 points." Neal Martin, Vinous.com, Dec 2020 Close
Red 2019 Louis Jadot - Chambolle Musigny Baudes 1er cru 75cl £405 per case of 6 IB
Dark black fruits, deep and intense on the nose, super supple tannins, lots of t... Read more
Dark black fruits, deep and intense on the nose, super supple tannins, lots of tensile energy and really great concentration on the mid-palate. RKL "The 2019 Chambolle-Musigny Les Baudes 1er Cru shakes off a little reduction to reveal more black fruit compared to the Feusselottes, broodier and distinctly marine-influenced. The palate is medium-bodied with a touch of licorice on the entry and a long, sweet finish. There is some oak here to be subsumed, but I like the weight and density in the mouth. Give it three or four years in bottle to absorb the wood. 2024 - 2040. 91-93 points." Neal Martin, Vinous.com, Dec 2020 "Aromas of raspberries, rose petals, sweet soil tones and warm spices introduce the 2019 Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru Les Baudes (Domaine Gagey), a medium to full-bodied, fleshy and elegantly muscular wine with a concentrated core of fruit, ripe tannins and a long, sapid finish. This cuvée is another fixture among the portfolio's highlights. 92-94 points" William Kelley, RobertParker.com Close
Red 2019 Louis Jadot - Charmes Chambertin grand cru 75cl £950 per case of 6 IB
"The 2019 Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru, matured in 50% new oak, comes across a l... Read more
"The 2019 Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru, matured in 50% new oak, comes across a little tight and awkward on the nose compared to the other three Grand Crus that I tasted from the appellation; it never quite coheres. The palate is better: quite lactic in the mouth, with a smooth texture and espresso and dark chocolate notes that at this early stage mask the terroir expression. Hopefully that will be assimilated with time, but I will remain prudent for now. Two barrels produced. 2023-2033. 89-91 points." Neal Martin, Vinous.com, Dec 2020 Close
White 2019 Louis Jadot - Chassagne Montrachet Abbaye de Morgeot 1er cru (Domaine) 75cl £325 per case of 6 IB
This gives a sense of great density on the nose but then also has impressive ten... Read more
This gives a sense of great density on the nose but then also has impressive tension on the palate. The fruit character is of white stone fruits with lots of delicate floral complexity, but the overall effect is of a very ripe and rich style. RKL "The 2019 Chassagne-Montrachet Abbaye de Morgeot 1er Cru has a lovely bouquet of orange blossom, freshly sliced pear and light nectarine aromas, plus a hint of praline in the background. The palate is well balanced with a honeyed opening, quite rich in style, and yet there is wonderful tension. Appealing tropical notes of passion fruit and guava on the finish. This will be irresistible once bottled. 2022 - 2033. 91-93 points." Neal Martin Vinous.com, Dec 2020 Close
White 2019 Louis Jadot - Chassagne Montrachet Morgeot Clos de la Chapelle 1er cru 75cl £325 per case of 6 IB
Another in a line-up of really impressive Chassagnes (a Chassagne year?), very a... Read more
Another in a line-up of really impressive Chassagnes (a Chassagne year?), very appealing with lots of elegance and charm rather than brute power of structure. This has a great energy with floral aromas, some honey and expressive minerality, very persistent on the palate. RKL "The 2019 Chassagne-Montrachet Morgeot Clos de la Chapelle 1er Cru is well-defined on the nose, offering scents of honeysuckle and yellow plum, then lemon thyme and light crushed stone aromas. The palate is well balanced with a fine bead of acidity. Not quite as harmonious as the Abbaye de Morgeot on the finish; this is slightly more attenuated and bitter at the moment. But it has good potential for a Chassagne made in a classic style. 2022-2032. 90-92 points." Neal Martin Vinous.com, Dec 2020 Close
Red 2019 Louis Jadot - Clos Vougeot grand cru 75cl £570 per case of 6 IB
Open, supple and with the oak influence playing second fiddle to the black fruit... Read more
Open, supple and with the oak influence playing second fiddle to the black fruits and earth. Very good value, the warmer vintages will really help Jadot's Clos Vougeots to be approachable earlier than the wines of old. RKL "The 2019 Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru is very tight on the nose and needed more encouragement from the glass to reveal sultry black fruit mixed with melted tar and light sous-bois aromas. The palate is medium-bodied with grainy tannins, quite "solid" in structure, and well defined, revealing a touch of blood orange on the finish. This is a finely crafted Clos de Vougeot that should age well over the next 20–25 years. 2023-2045. 93-95 points." Neal Martin, Vinous.com, Dec 2020 Close
White 2019 Louis Jadot - Corton Charlemagne Grand Cru (Domaine des Héritiers Jadot) 75cl £870 per case of 6 IB
Intense herbal and minty on the nose with lots of savoury aromas, the palate is ... Read more
Intense herbal and minty on the nose with lots of savoury aromas, the palate is then quite muted by contrast (at this stage). Feels like a coiled spring with tonnes of energy and some density, will need 3 years or more to unfurl itself. RKL "The 2019 Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru has a very tempting bouquet of lemon curd, frangipane, almond and light white chocolate scents. It is still a little oaky, but that will integrate with time. The palate is well balanced with a rounded, marmalade-tinged opening, then veers toward a curiously "fishy" second half, almost like a Chenin Blanc in style! Maybe this is just a phase it’s going through. Give it 3–5 years in bottle. 2022 - 2038. 91-93 points." Neal Martin, Vinous.com, Dec 2020 "Aromas of confit citrus, crisp orchard fruit and mint mingle with hints of petrol and toasted bread in an incipiently complex bouquet, introducing the 2019 Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru (Domaine des Héritiers Jadot), a full-bodied, multidimensional and muscular wine built around serious reserves of structuring dry extract and girdled by lively acids. Long and chalky, this is very promising. 93-95+ points" William Kelley, RobertParker.com Close
Red 2019 Louis Jadot - Corton Pougets grand cru (Heritiers Louis Jadot) 75cl £390 per case of 6 IB
"The 2019 Corton-Pougets Grand Cru was ever so slightly reduced on the nose, but... Read more
"The 2019 Corton-Pougets Grand Cru was ever so slightly reduced on the nose, but opens with time to reveal quite intense black fruit laced with vanilla. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannins, very good weight and a fine bead of acidity. This conveys the most energy of the three Corton Grand Crus from Jadot that I tasted. Velvety texture on the finish. Lovely. Just one used barrel produced. 2023-2040. 92-94 points." Neal Martin Vinous.com, Dec 2020 "The 2019 Corton-Pougets Grand Cru (Domaine des Héritiers Jadot) is excellent, unwinding in the glass with notes of cherries, plums, orange rind, dark chocolate, sweet spices and toasty new oak. Medium to full-bodied, fleshy and layered, it's deep and concentrated, with broad shoulders and rich, powdery structuring tannins. As usual, this is a fine proposition for the medium- to long-haul. 93-95 points" William Kelley, RobertParker.com Close
Red 2019 Louis Jadot - Gevrey Chambertin Cazetiers 1er cru 75cl £405 per case of 6 IB
The 2019 Gevrey-Chambertin Les Cazetiers 1er Cru has an exquisite bouquet of cry... Read more
The 2019 Gevrey-Chambertin Les Cazetiers 1er Cru has an exquisite bouquet of crystalline red berry fruit laced with minerals, wonderfully delineated and focused. The palate is smooth and sensual on the entry, and very cohesive, with a perfect line of acidity. Pure and ravishing, armed with a satin-textured finish, this is going to be very difficult to resist once in bottle. Superb. 93-95 points" Neal Martin, Vinous.com Close
Red 2019 Louis Jadot - Gevrey Chambertin Clos St Jacques 1er cru (Domaine) 75cl £715 per case of 6 IB
This is quite closed on the nose, especially the fruit, but there is an impressi... Read more
This is quite closed on the nose, especially the fruit, but there is an impressive whiff of gunsmoke, herbal aromas, and a gamey character suggesting all sorts of complexity. The overall impression is of super-ripe red and black fruits with plenty of freshness, but the potential is there for this to become a Gevrey of real stature in five to seven years. RKL "The 2019 Gevrey-Chambertin Clos Saint-Jacques 1er Cru is surprisingly reticent at first, offering quite strong earthy aromas and gradually opening with sage, thyme and mint. I feel that compared to the other Clos Saint-Jacques, the aromatics never quite click into fifth gear. The palate is medium-bodied with the best backbone of the four Gevrey Premier Crus tasted from Jadot. Spicy black pepper and clove notes furnish the middle and the finish, which feels sustained and persistent, yet I wonder whether it will have the unadulterated charm of the Les Cazetiers when in bottle. We will find out soon. 2024 - 2042. 92-94 points." Neal Martin, Vinous.com, Dec 2020 Close
White 2019 Louis Jadot - Montrachet grand cru 75cl £1,600 per case of 3 IB
"The 2019 Montrachet Grand Cru is tasked with following the stunning Chevalier-M... Read more
"The 2019 Montrachet Grand Cru is tasked with following the stunning Chevalier-Montrachet and, to be frank, it never achieves the same degree of intensity on the nose, coming across rather conservative by comparison. The palate is well balanced with a tang of marmalade enlivening the opening. Very good weight and persistence, as you would demand from a "Monty," yet it does not possess the swagger and hubris of the superior Chevalier. 2025-2045. 93-95 points." Neal Martin Vinous.com, Dec 2020 Close
Red 2019 Louis Jadot - Nuits St Georges Les Boudots 1er Cru 75cl £370 per case of 6 IB
Ooof! What a great weight on the palate, very dense and with fine, structured t... Read more
Ooof! What a great weight on the palate, very dense and with fine, structured tannins. Perhaps more about the attack and mid-palate than the finish, but this will likely flesh out with time. This feels like a very classical Nuits despite the warm year. RKL "Aromas of cherries, dark chocolate, plums and spices introduce the 2019 Nuits-Saint-Georges 1er Cru Les Boudots (Domaine Gagey), a medium to full-bodied, rich and fleshy wine that's lively and gourmand, with powdery tannins and an enveloping core of fruit. This is another fine success. 91-93 points" William Kelley, RobertParker.com Close
White 2019 Louis Jadot - Puligny Montrachet Les Folatières 1er cru 75cl £350 per case of 6 IB
"The 2019 Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Folatières (Domaine des Héritiers Jadot... Read more
"The 2019 Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Folatières (Domaine des Héritiers Jadot), which derives from lieu-dit En la Richarde, exhibits aromas of pear, orange oil, white flowers and toasted bread. Medium to full-bodied, layered and multidimensional, it's satiny and complete, with lively acids and a bright, mineral finish. This is very promising. 92-94 points" William Kelley, RobertParker.com Close
White 2019 Louis Jadot - Puligny Montrachet Les Referts 1er Cru 75cl £325 per case of 6 IB
The 2019 Puligny-Montrachet Les Referts 1er Cru has a subtle, nuanced bouquet of... Read more
The 2019 Puligny-Montrachet Les Referts 1er Cru has a subtle, nuanced bouquet of apple blossom and wet limestone aromas infused with touches of yellow flowers. The palate is well balanced, displaying a fine bead of acidity, and rounded on the entry, offering light passion fruit and dried mango notes. This segues into a more spicy final third and a fine saline finish. Enjoy over the next 12–15 years. 92-94 points" Neal Martin, Vinous.com Close

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