The Domaines of Louis Jadot Burgundy Tasting - One of Burgundy's Biggest and Best Producers with Special Guest Antoine Collet

Friday, September 27, 2019 - 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

We would like to remind our "Wine Drinking People" that everyday above ground is reason to celebrate as you never know when your last day is…. don’t save that special bottle make it a special occasion tonight and drink it!! 

We have five events coming up next week and although most would think that is a bit much, I am training for the wine drinking Olympics.  It’s essential to learning about the world’s greatest wines that I drink as much great wine as possible.

So, when our good friend Antoine Collet informed us that our special order of large format Louis Jadot wines had arrived I said what better time to host another tasting with Burgundies biggest and best producers than right now.  We will be opening some current releases along with some older vintage bottles from our cellar to celebrate another day above ground and for those of you that can’t make it I nave included a list of all the Louis Jadot wines that we have in stock.

Join us as we welcome our good friend Antoine Collet to Wine Watch and as we taste through some Burgundy from Louis Jadot along with a three-course menu to accompany the tasting wines.  The price for this tasting which includes dinner is $145 + tax, for reservations call 954-523-9463 or e-mail andy@winewatch.com.

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The Domaines of Louis Jadot - one of Burgundy's Biggest and best Producers with Special Guest Antoine Collet
Friday, September 27th
7:30pm

Louis Jadot Domaine Clair Dau Marsannay Rose 2018
Price: $33.00    Sale $29.04
In 1987, Marsannay was granted its own A.O.C. appellation and became the first village for which the appellation applies to red, white and rosé wines.

Domaine Louis Jadot Bouzeron 2015
Price: $25.25    Sale $22.22
This appellation is quite new: it was created in 1997.  Bouzeron only produces white wines exclusively with the Aligoté grape. This grape is very old in Burgundy (17th century) and has been replaced everywhere by the Chardonnay grape.

Domaine Ferret Pouilly Fuisse 2017
Price: $42.00    Sale $36.96
The Pouilly-Fuissé is a blend of only the best vineyard parcels with ten to thirty five-year-old vines from the Fuissé amphitheater and soils composed of limestone and clay. Each parcel was vinified separately to ensure the finest expression of the fruit. Half the wine was fermented in enameled tanks and half in two to four-year-old oak barrels. The wine was aged for ten months on lees in French oak barrels, not new, from Tronçais, Vosges and Nevers stave wood.

Louis Jadot Duc de Magenta Puligny Montrachet clos de la Garenne 1er cru 2015
Price: $103.50    Sale $91.08
(93 Points) ...this elegant white shows harmony between the lemon pie, pastry, toast and baking spice notes. Turns toastier on the long finish, but has both intensity and length. Best from 2020 through 2033. 400 cases made. Wine Spectator

Louis Jadot Chateau des Jacques Moulin a Vent Gr Clos Rochegre single vineyard 2015
Price: $37.50    Sale $33.00
(90 Points) A well-meshed red, with layers of plum compote, anise and blackberry reduction, edged with milk chocolate, floral and black tea elements. Ample spice notes linger onto the moderately tannic finish. Drink now through 2023. Wine Spectator

Louis Jadot Chateau des Jacques Morgon 2016
Price: $26.00    Sale $22.88
(91 Points) Fresh and concentrated, with a supple profile boasting cherry compote, raspberry-infused tea and marjoram notes that are seamless and charming. Undertones of violet, mocha and mineral gain traction on the long finish. Drink now through 2024. 3,500 cases made.  Wine Spectator

Louis Jadot Volnay Clos de la Barre 1er Cru 2015
Price: $85.50    Sale $75.24
(94 Points) The 2015 Volnay 1er Cru Clos de la Barre has a more detailed and focused bouquet than the Santenots and en l'Ormeau, subtle sous-bois scents infusing the detailed red berry fruit mixed with cranberry and wild hedgerow. The palate is fresh and vibrant on the entry with tart red cherries and raspberry, well structured and very focused. This shows the most class within the five Volnay 2015s that I tasted from Maison Louis Jadot. This is excellent. Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Domaine Louis Jadot Clos Vougeot Grand Cru 2016
Price: $219.75    Sale $193.38
(97 points)  Rose, cherry and spice aromas introduce this light-bodied, saturated version. The flavors add wild strawberry, incense and kirsch notes, while remaining persistent on the kaleidoscopic finish. Feels tense now, yet should develop nicely over time. A mineral element lingers. Best from 2023 through 2045. *Highly Recommended* (BS) (1/2019)  Wine Spectator

Domaine Louis Jadot Corton Pougets Grand Cru 2010
Price: $125.00 Sale $110.00   Quantity in Stock: 2
(92-94 points) The 2010 Corton Pougets is a beautifully focused wine laced with sweet red cherries, raspberries, flowers, mint and crushed rocks. The Pougets is all about nuance, detail and clarity. It comes across as quite elegant, but there is an understated weight that fleshes out on the finish. Anticipated maturity: 2020-2030. (AG) (12/2011) Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Louis Jadot Clos St. Denis Grand Cru 2003
Price: $169.00 Sale $148.72
The wines of Morey Saint Denis, where this Grand Cru is located, have their own character: powerful like the wines of its neighbor Gevrey-Chambertin yet elegant like the wines of Chambolle-Musigny. Clos Saint Denis once belonged to the church of Saint Denis, founded in 1203 in the Vergy château. The vineyard faces east on calcareous clay, iron and marl soils. This Pinot Noir wine is fermented for up to 4 weeks in vats, and then matured in oak barrels for 18 to 20 months.

Menu
Cheese and Charcuterie Selection
Pacific King Salmon Carpaccio with Grapefruit citrus and pink peppercorn Aioli
Beef Short Rib Bourguignon
Epoisses and Cherry Tart

 

The fee for this tasting which includes dinner is $145 + 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 Salmon and chef Toni will be happy to accommodate your dietary needs.

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."

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