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2019 Maison Louis Jadot, Beaune

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.

Maison Louis Jadot, Beaune

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Maison Louis Jadot, Beaune

 

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 that invariably delineates its terroir perfectly.

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.

 

RED 2019 2 cases Louis Jadot - Beaune Clos des Couchereaux 1er cru (Domaine des Héritiers Jadot) 75cl £185 per case of 6 Louis Jadot
Beaune Clos des Couchereaux 1er cru (Domaine des Héritiers Jadot)
2019 / 2 cases / 75cl
£185 per case of 6
IB
Tasting Notes"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
RED 2019 2 cases Louis Jadot - Chambertin Clos de Bèze grand cru 75cl £875 per case of 3 Louis Jadot
Chambertin Clos de Bèze grand cru
2019 / 2 cases / 75cl
£875 per case of 3
IB
Tasting Notes"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
RED 2019 2 cases Louis Jadot - Chambolle Musigny Baudes 1er cru 75cl £410 per case of 6 Louis Jadot
Chambolle Musigny Baudes 1er cru
2019 / 2 cases / 75cl
£410 per case of 6
IB
Tasting NotesDark 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
RED 2019 1 case Louis Jadot - Charmes Chambertin grand cru 75cl £975 per case of 6 Louis Jadot
Charmes Chambertin grand cru
2019 / 1 case / 75cl
£975 per case of 6
IB
Tasting Notes"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
WHITE 2019 2 cases Louis Jadot - Chassagne Montrachet Abbaye de Morgeot 1er cru (Domaine) 75cl £325 per case of 6 Louis Jadot
Chassagne Montrachet Abbaye de Morgeot 1er cru (Domaine)
2019 / 2 cases / 75cl
£325 per case of 6
IB
Tasting NotesThis 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
WHITE 2019 2 cases Louis Jadot - Chassagne Montrachet Morgeot Clos de la Chapelle 1er cru 75cl £325 per case of 6 Louis Jadot
Chassagne Montrachet Morgeot Clos de la Chapelle 1er cru
2019 / 2 cases / 75cl
£325 per case of 6
IB
Tasting NotesAnother 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
RED 2019 3 cases Louis Jadot - Clos Vougeot grand cru 75cl £570 per case of 6 Louis Jadot
Clos Vougeot grand cru
2019 / 3 cases / 75cl
£570 per case of 6
IB
Tasting NotesOpen, 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
WHITE 2019 1 case Louis Jadot - Corton Charlemagne Grand Cru (Domaine des Héritiers Jadot) 75cl £870 per case of 6 Louis Jadot
Corton Charlemagne Grand Cru (Domaine des Héritiers Jadot)
2019 / 1 case / 75cl
£870 per case of 6
IB
Tasting NotesIntense 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
RED 2019 1 case Louis Jadot - Corton Pougets grand cru (Heritiers Louis Jadot) 75cl £390 per case of 6 Louis Jadot
Corton Pougets grand cru (Heritiers Louis Jadot)
2019 / 1 case / 75cl
£390 per case of 6
IB
Tasting Notes"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
RED 2019 1 case Louis Jadot - Gevrey Chambertin Cazetiers 1er cru 75cl £405 per case of 6 Louis Jadot
Gevrey Chambertin Cazetiers 1er cru
2019 / 1 case / 75cl
£405 per case of 6
IB
Tasting NotesThe 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
WHITE 2019 Louis Jadot - Montrachet grand cru 75cl £1,600 per case of 3 Louis Jadot
Montrachet grand cru
2019 / / 75cl
£1,600 per case of 3
IB
Tasting Notes"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
WHITE 2019 2 cases Louis Jadot - Puligny Montrachet Les Referts 1er Cru 75cl £325 per case of 6 Louis Jadot
Puligny Montrachet Les Referts 1er Cru
2019 / 2 cases / 75cl
£325 per case of 6
IB
Tasting NotesThe 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

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