Louis Jadot Burgundy tasting with Managing Director Olivier Masmondet

Wednesday, September 26, 2018 - 07:30 PM

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"Drinking is a very demanding profession and I can't hold down two jobs at once"

Morgan Freidman

And we are very excited to have Managing Director Olivier Masmondet from Louis Jadot back at Wine Watch on September 26th we will be open at the Wine Bar on a Wednesday night for this special event.

I was disappointed but happy to see longtime winemaker at Louis jadot Jacques Lardiere with (375ml) bottles 2003 vintage barrel samples in my store in 2004.  I remember it was a difficult year because of the heat and this was also the year that they stopped doing their annual Barrel tasting event in South Florida.  Jacques also indicated that it was a small vintage- thus the (375ml) barrel samples.  I expressed my disappointment that they stopped conducting this barrel tasting here in South Florida and Jacques said he would speak with the folks at Kobrand to see if we could set up an event with our Burgundy drinking people to keep them up to date on the quality of each new vintage in Burgundy with an abbreviated version of this tasting.

Well- ask and you shall receive! We have conducted a Louis Jadot Barrel tasting nearly every year since!!   It looks like both the 2015 and 2016 vintages from Burgundy are Excellent to outstanding in quality although the quantity in some parts of the Cotes d'or was severely diminished.  The last vintage where they had a full harvest before 2017 was 2007!  We have one of the best informed wine personalities on Burgundy to tell you all about the last few decades of vintages in Burgundy along with any other info you need as Olivier Masmondet is a Master of Wine.  He is one of the 380 smartest wine people in the world today and a good friend of the Wine Watch so you know we will have a few extra older vintage wines on the table for our good friend Olivier.

Join us as we welcome Olivier back to Wine Watch and as we taste through some Burgundy from 2014, 2015 and the 2016 vintages along with a three course menu to accompany the tasting wines.  The price for this tasting which includes dinner is $125 + tax, for reservations call 954-523-9463 or e-mail andy@winewatch.com.

 

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Louis Jadot Burgundy Tasting at Wine Watch with Special Guest Olivier Masmondet
Thursday, September 26th
7:30pm

Tasting Line-up:
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Domaine Ferret Pouilly Fuisse 2016
Price: $42.00    Sale $36.96

Domaine J A Ferret is located in the heart of the village of Fuissé in the Maconnais wine-growing subregion of southern Burgundy. Domaine Ferret can trace its history back to its foundation in 1840, way before the official creation of the Pouilly Fuisse AOC in 1936. Jeanne Ferret was responsible for establishing their Tete de Cru and Hors Classes wines, single parcel wines from the best vineyard sites that the domaine has become renowned for. After World War II, she was also responsible for moving from bulk wine production to bottling the wines at the Domaine at a time when this was not the done thing. Domaine Ferret remained in the Ferret family until 2008 when the domaine was acquired by Louis Jadot. The current winemaker is Audrey Braccini who continues the uninterrupted tradition of women winemakers right back to 1840.
Domaine Ferret Pouilly Fuisse Clos des Prouges is barrel fermented and aged: 1/3 in new barrels, 1/3 in one year old barrel and 1/3 in 2 years old barrels for 9 months. The wine is then left to rest on the lees in stainless steel tanks on lies for 5 months prior to bottling.

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Louis Jadot Ladoix Clou d'Orge white 2015
Price: $41.00    Sale $36.08

The village of Ladoix is located in the north of the Côte de Beaune at the foot of the Corton hill facing east–southeast. The Chardonnay grapes are fermented in vats for about 4 weeks, and then the wine is matured in oak barrels for about 15 months.

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Louis Jadot Marsannay Red 2015
Price: $37.50    Sale $33.00

Marsannay is the northernmost commune of the Côte d’Or, and was granted its appellation in 1987, the first to cover red, white and rosé wines. In winemaking, the Pinot Noir grapes are fermented for about 4 weeks in oak vats, then matured in oak barrels for 15 months before bottling.

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Chateau des Jacques Moulin A Vent Clos de Rochegres 2015
Price: $38.50    Sale $33.88

Château des Jacques Moulin-à-Vent Clos de Rochegrès is a special cuvée from old vines that cover 24 acres. The soil of the Clos de Rochegrès is granitic, fairly shallow and overlies an extremely hard bedrock. After a portion of the grapes are destemmed, the wine is vinified in closed vats with pumping over. The wine is then matured in oak barrels for 10 to 11 months.

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Louis Jadot Chassagne Montrachet Morgeot Clos de la Chapelle 2015
Price: $98.00    Sale $86.24

The Chassagne Montrachet 1er cru "Morgeot" Clos de la chapelle' is a very well balanced wine, showing us a lot of concentrated aromas of honey, white fruit and flowers. This wine is full bodied, powerful and rich.

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Louis Jadot Puligny Montrachet Clos de la Garenne 2015
Price: $109.75    Sale $96.58

(92 Points) The 2015 Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Clos de la Garenne, under the "Domaine Due de Magenta" label, has an expressive bouquet with good fruit concentration: dried honey, orange zest and a touch of pralines developing in the glass. The palate is fresh on the entry with a keen thread of acidity, nicely balanced with a harmonious and focused finish. This is worth looking out for, once in bottle. Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

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Louis Jadot Pernand Vergelesse Red 2014
Price: $43.50    Sale $38.28

Pernand  produces  both  red  and  white  wines  under  village  and  premier  cru appellations. The  commune  of  Pernand  Vergelesses  is  located  above  between  Aloxe  Corton and Savigny Les Beaune, in the North of the Côte de Beaune.

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Louis Jadot Clos Vougeot Grand Cru 2014
Price: $187.00    Sale $164.56

(90 points) Tasted blind at the Burgfest 2014 tasting, the 2014 Clos Vougeot Grand Cru from Domaine Louis Jadot offers lively red cherry, crushed strawberry and white pepper notes on the nose, quite intense and thankfully retaining satisfying delineation. The palate is medium-bodied with sappy red berry fruit, firm grip in the mouth and a tightly wound, slightly brutish finish that needs bottle age to gain more elegance. I just hope there is sufficient fruit to see it through. Like a handful of other Clos de Vougeot, in bottle this does not match up to the performance out of barrel. Tasted September 2017. (NM) (12/2017) Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Cellar Selections:
We have a small collection of older vintage wines from Louis jadot in the store and you know with Olivier in town that we’ll be popping a few older bottles from our stash and for our vintage Burgundy fans I have included all the Louis Jadot wines that we have in the store on this offering.

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2005 Louis Jadot Puligny Montrachet Les Folatieres

This is our last bottle of 2005 Les Folatieres we served this wine at our 2005 vintage white burgundy tasting earlier this year and it was WOTN

1976 Domaine Louis Jadot Domaine des Heritiers Beaune Bressandes 1er Cru
Price: $125.00    Your Price: $110.00          Quantity in Stock: 1

The 1976 vintage may be getting old but the last few bottles we opened were excellent and this is one of the last that we have from Jadot so it’s a perfect time to open this bottle with Olivier in town.

Menu
Pacific Wild Salmon Carpaccio with fresh mint and candied Grapefruit citrus segments
Foie Gras Touchon with Lemon and Grape Jelly served with toasted brioche
Red Burgundy Coq Au Vin stewed with Rabbits’ Blood

The fee for this tasting which includes dinner is $125 + tax for reservations call 954-523-9463 or e-mail andy@winewatch.com.  Please let us know when you make your reservation if you would like a mixed greens salad instead of Foie Gras or if you can’t eat rabbits’ blood and chef Toni will be happy to accommodate your dietary needs.

 

A bit of info on Olivier our MW for the evening:

Born in 1969, in the Bugey region (located between the French Alps and Beaujolais region). His family originally from the Medoc region in Bordeaux moved to the Beaujolais-Bugey area in 1962. At 14 years old, he joined the school of Bellegarde to study catering, cuisine and service restaurant. In 1988, he joined the school of Thonon, considered one of the best school in France and started to study wine and Sommelier work. Graduate 1 year later. At 20 years old , became the youngest head sommelier in France to work for a Michelin stars rated restaurant.
 In 1995, he became the Chef Sommelier of Georges Blanc restaurant a 3 Michelin stars for more than 25 years now.  After many sommelier competitions, in 2000, Olivier became the youngest Master Sommelier in France at age 30.

The same year, he joined the Maison Louis Jadot in Burgundy as the US and Italy export Manager. In 2002, he joined Kobrand Corporation in New York to be their Director of Sales for the wines of Maison Louis Jadot. In 2006, he became Director of the French Suppliers Relations portfolio and Director of French wines sales at Kobrand Corporation in NY.

In 2009, he returned to Burgundy to work as worldwide Export Manager for Maison Louis Jadot in Beaune France.

A bit of history on Louis Jadot:

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Maison Louis Jadot was founded in 1859 by the man whose name it bears,  Louis Henry Denis Jadot - a young man of Belgian ancestry whose family had settled in Beaune near the turn of the century.  At a young age Louis Henry Jadot developed a deep interest in the wines of Burgundy; and by 1826, his father acquired a parcel in the "Clos des Ursules" vineyard in Beaune, which upon his death he bequeathed to his brother, Louis's uncle.  Under his uncle's auspices, the young Jadot greatly broadened his experience - first in the cellars in the art of evaluating the wines and then in the vineyards in the study of viticulture.  As Louis Henry travelled, he acquired a faithful clientele and in 1859 purchased the respected négociant firm of Lemaire-Fouleux.  He gave the firm his name, restructured its operations, and began to expand its business into the export markets of northern France and Belgium.  Belgium, once a province of the Duchy of Burgundy and historically the preeminent market for its wines, was, as the Jadot family's ancestral home, of particular interest to Louis Henry.  It was there that the Jadot name first began to gain renown.

As Maison Louis Jadot grew, its vineyard holdings expanded through the purchase of parcels in Beaune "Theurons" and "Clos des Couchereaux".  After the death of Louis Henry Jadot, his son, Louis Baptiste Jadot, enthusiastically carried on the work his father had begun.  Louis Baptiste expanded his export markets as well as his clientele in France, reinvesting the profits in the further acquisition of vineyards.  He judiciously made purchases in some of the finest and most famous grand and premier cru vineyards of the Côte d'Or - among them an interest in the coveted Chevalier-Montrachet "Les Demoiselles".  In 1939, Louis Baptiste Jadot died and left control of the firm to his eldest son, Louis Auguste Jadot, who had assisted in the direction of the business under his father since 1931.  Louis Auguste opened and greatly developed the new export market of the United States; he also expanded Jadot's activities in Great Britain, Holland, South America, and New Zealand.

In 1954, Andre Gagey joined Maison Louis Jadot as assistant to Louis Auguste Jadot, and this proved to be an important event in the fortunes of the Jadot firm.  The extremely capable and affable Gagey was appointed interim managing director of the firm in 1962 when Louis Auguste Jadot died, survived by his wife and a seventeen-year-old son, Louis-Alain.  Tragically, Louis-Alain was killed in a car crash at the age of 23 in 1968.  Mademoiselle Jadot then gave Gagey full responsibility for the operations of her firm, which was without heirs to run it.  Gagey placed the policy of maintaining highest quality above all others; and the impeccable reputation for honesty Maison Louis Jadot enjoys today is the reward of that perseverance.  Gagey recently retired and turned the direction of the firm over to his very competent son, Pierre-Henry Gagey.

Maison Louis Jadot's headquarters is located in the heart of Beaune.  The most glorious of its three cellars, used for storage of older vintage wines, is situated in the Convent des Jacobins once a convent of the patron Saint Dominique, founder of the Dominican order and built in 1477.  It was acquired by the Tourliere family in 1802 and has been used by Maison Louis Jadot since 1954.  In contrast, the most recent cellar, on the outskirts of Beaune, doubled production and storage capacity as of mid 1986 and is perhaps the most technologically advanced facility in France.  All white wines are fermented in cask and aged one year; red wines are aged on average eighteen months.  The type of wood used is very carefully selected - Limousin, which imparts aggressive tannins more appropriate to Bordeaux wines, is too harsh for the delicate Burgundies Jadot produces.  Wines are fined "the old way," with natural proteins - skim milk for white wines, egg whites for red wines.  The wines are then hand-racked at five intervals before bottling to assure perfect clarity and brightness.  The Jadot estate today includes ownership of parcels in the vineyards of Chevalier-Montrachet "Les Demoiselles," Corton-Charlemagne, Corton-Pougets, Beaune "Clos des Ursules," Beaune "Theurons", Beaune "Bressandes", Beaune "Boucherottes", Beaune "Clos des Couchereaux, Beaune "Les Chouacheux, and Pernand-Vergelesses "Clos de la Croix de Pierre."  In 1986 Jadot acquired the prestigious Clair-Dau Domaine and in 1987 entered into a contract to produce the wines of the renowned Duc de Magenta.  In 1990 Jadot again expanded its holdings with the purchase of the Domaine Champy in Beaune with its fifteen acres of very valuable vineyards.  In 1994 Jadot purchased another 13.26 acres in prime premier cru vineyards.  Since 1986 Jadot has more than doubled the acreage under its domaine, which together with long term contracts, brings over 160 acres of some of the finest vineyards of the Côte d'Or under Maison Louis Jadot's control.  In February of 1985, the négociant firm of Maison Louis Jadot was purchased by the American-owned Kobrand Corporation, the sole United States importer of Jadot Burgundies since 1945.  This prompted outcries in Burgundy, where it was felt that American ownership would signal the end of an era and that Maison Louis Jadot would never again be the same.  A dozen years hence the French now realize that Kobrand has brought nothing but brilliance and capital to this prestigious firm and that Jadot is producing the best wines in the firm's history.  Since 1970 the winemaker at Maison Louis Jadot has been Jacques Lardière, who is widely regarded as one of the best in Burgundy.  In 1995 he was cited by Robert Parker in The Wine Advocate as one of the top thirteen "Wine Personalities of 1995."  Parker said: "Lardière continues to go from strength to strength producing an enormous range of wines...that are among the finest from Burgundy.  His flexibility and intelligence in handling diverse vintages makes him a winemaker par excellence."  This appears on top of praise previously showered on the firm by Parker in his book titled BURGUNDY.   There Parker rates Maison Jadot between four  and five stars - near the very top of the pyramid of his rating system.  "Most of the red wines from Louis Jadot need 3-4 years in the bottle to round out, but can age for up to 15-20 years, depending on the particular cuvée. The white wines are no less brilliant than the reds."

Louisa Jadot Burgundy available in the store:

1976 Louis Jadot Domaine des Heritiers Corton Pougets Grand Cru
Price: $160.00    Your Price: $140.80          Quantity in Stock: 1

1985 Louis Jadot Les Cazetiers Gevrey-Chambertin Premier Cru
Price: $250.00    Your Price: $220.00          Quantity in Stock: 2

1988 Domaine Louis Jadot Gevrey Chambertin Les Cazetiers 1er Cru
Price: $195.00    Your Price: $171.60          Quantity in Stock: 4

1990 Domaine Louis Jadot Beaune Clos des Ursules 1er Cru
Price: $169.00    Your Price: $148.72          Quantity in Stock: 1

1990 Louis Jadot Chambertin Grand Cru
Price: $495.00    Your Price: $435.60          Quantity in Stock: 2

1996 Louis Jadot Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru
Price: $300.00    Sale Price: $250.00           Quantity in Stock: 4

1999 Louis Jadot Clos Vougeot Grand Cru 750ml
Price: $139.00    Your Price: $122.32          Quantity in Stock: 1

2001 Louis Jadot Chevalier-Montrachet Les Demoiselles Grand Cru
Price: $259.00    Your Price: $227.92          Quantity in Stock: 1

2002 Louis Jadot Clos St. Denis Domaine Gagey Grand Cru 750ml
Price: $195.00    Your Price: $171.60          Quantity in Stock: 1

2002 Louis Jadot Clos Vougeot Grand Cru 750ml
Price: $159.00    Your Price: $139.92          Quantity in Stock: 5

2003 Louis Jadot Clos Vougeot Grand Cru 750ml
Price: $129.00    Your Price: $113.52          Quantity in Stock: 3

2003 Louis Jadot Chapelle-Chambertin Grand Cru 750ml
Price: $169.00    Your Price: $148.72          Quantity in Stock: 3

2003 Louis Jadot Clos St. Denis Grand Cru
Price: $169.00    Your Price: $148.72          Quantity in Stock: 4

2003 Louis Jadot Chambertin-Clos de Bèze Grand Cru
Price: $195.00    Your Price: $171.60          Quantity in Stock: 3

2005 Louis Jadot Mazis-Chambertin Grand Cru 750ml
Price: $195.00    Your Price: $171.60          Quantity in Stock: 3

2009 Louis Jadot Charmes Chambertin Grand Cru
Price: $195.00    Your Price: $171.60          Quantity in Stock: 1

2009 Louis Jadot Chambolle- Musigny
Price: $65.00    Your Price: $57.20               Quantity in Stock: 1

2010 Domaine Louis Jadot Cote de Nuits Villages Blanc
Price: $30.75    Your Price: $27.06               Quantity in Stock: 3

2012 Louis Jadot Musigny Grand Cru
Price: $767.50    Your Price: $675.40          Quantity in Stock: 5

2012 Louis Jadot Nuits St Georges
Price: $39.50    Your Price: $34.76               Quantity in Stock: 11

2012 Louis Jadot Pernand-Vergelesses Blanc Les Combottes
Price: $41.50    Your Price: $36.52               Quantity in Stock: 3

2014 Domaine Louis Jadot Chassagne Montrachet Morgeot Rouge
Price: $55.50    Your Price: $48.84               Quantity in Stock: 1

2014 Louis Jadot Santenay Clos de Malte Blanc
Price: $36.00    Your Price: $31.68               Quantity in Stock: 3

2014 Domaine Louis Jadot Clos Vougeot Grand Cru
Price: $183.00    Your Price: $161.04          Quantity in Stock: 1