Friday, 1 May 2015

Lunch Tasting With Wines from Louis Jadot

VinUnic invited to a tasting with Pierre-Henry Gagey, President Maison Louis Jadot and a special look at Beaune.
Interesting as usual and Mr Gagey delivered several insights on the wines from Beaune and the vintages present.
The ambience and service at Operakällaren, where the tasting was held, was of world class.

2014 Rosé de Marsannay Domaine Clair-Daü
This was served as a welcome wine. It has a light, nice nose with notes of lingonberries, raspberry candy and sun warm pebbles. A touch sparse.
The taste is cool and light with notes of red currants, lingonberries and gravel. A medium long finish. A bit thin in the middle taste. Good. Should work will with a summer salad. I liked 2011 better.
83p   (tasted 2015/04)

Jadot Rosé and the Royal Castle
At the table we were presented with three white wines.
2012 Ladoix Le Clou D´Orge
A young, upfront, salivating nose with notes of red lemons, dried apricots and melted butter. There is a fine smokiness from the wood. Very, very good.
The taste is young, fresh and smoky with notes of white peaches, lemon peel, gravel and butter biscuits. Long and fine. Really good and this will go into the cellar. A bargain for 22 Euro.
90p   (tasted 2015/04)

2010 Beaune 1er Cru Bressandes
Even better is the first wine from Beaune. It has a deep, creamy nose with notes of sweet/sour lemons, warm hay, lemon tart and minerals. A lovely purity.
The taste is tight and focused with notes of wet stones, white currants and peaches and some smoky notes. A long, fresh finish with a high, fine acidity. Very, very good.
91p   (tasted 2015/04)

2010 Beaune 1er Cru Le Clos Blanc
The Le Clos has a big, spicy nose with some oxidative characteristics in the shape of overripe lemons, banana peel and fried spices. There is depth here but it is a bit odd.
The taste is much better and keeps things together just fine with notes of gravel, red currants, lemon cream and matchbox. The finish is long and warm. Very good to drink but the nose...?
86p   (tasted 2015/04)

The first flight of red wines was a interesting comparison of four Beaune 1er Cru from the same vintage. Overall, great quality.
2010 Beaune 1er Cru Grèves
The Grèves has a elegant, cool nose with notes of lingonberries, dried strawberries and earth. A fine lightness to the fruit. Very, very good.
The taste is young and seedy with notes of red currants, lingonberries, forest floor and hints of wild strawberries. A fine acidity. Really good.
91p   (tasted 2015/04)

2010 Beaune 1er Cru Clos des Couchereaux
The next Beaune has a darker, more precise nose with notes of lingonberry liquorice, rosehips, red plums and some leather. Handsome. Great wine.
The taste is tight and transparent with fine notes of just ripening raspberries, warm gravel, liquorice and a hint of pine wood. The finish is long and luscious. This I like!
93p   (tasted 2015/04)

2010 Beaune 1er Cru Boucherottes
The Boucherottes is close to Pommard and it shows. The nose is deep and seedy with notes of moist earth, ripe red currants, animal fur and a touch of red beets. Very, very good.
The taste is young, tight and powerful with notes of red currants, liquorice, plums and forest floor. There is some sturdy tannins in the long finish. Needs time.
90p   (tasted 2015/14)

2010 Beaune 1er Cru Clos des Ursules
The piece of land where the ancestors of Louis Jadot bought in 1826. Today, the wine from this plot, shows a deep, focused nose with notes of red currants, raspberries and some blueberries tossed in for complexity. Lovely. Very young though. A bit more compact than the others. Rich.
The taste is refined and precise with a nice backbone of ripe red and black fruits and lots of warm undergrowth, liquorice and velvety tannins. Long and satisfying. This will become a stunner in 6+ years.
93p   (tasted 2015/04)

The second flight of reds were three different Grand Cru wines with some age - lovely!
2009 Clos Vougeot
The Clos Vougeot opens with a deep, concentrated nose with notes of mashed strawberries, forest floor, fried root vegetables and expensive leather. Still on the young side of things. Very deep. Really fine.
The taste is young and broad with creamy raspberry fruit and notes of liquorice, forest floor, Christmas spices and red beet juice. A long,, long finish with a fine acidity. Wait 5+ years to do the deed.
94p   (tasted 2015/04)

2006 Clos de la Roche
The wine of the lunch. The nose is deep and luxuriant with gorgeous notes of wild strawberries, root vegetables, forest floor, bonfire, morels and sugared coffee. A hint of maturity. Velvety yet deep and powerful. Great wine.
The taste is intense and pure with notes of ripe raspberries, blueberries, forest floor, parsnip purée and hung game. The finish is long, long and structured. A lovely wine that will become even greater with 5-7 years in the cellar.
95p   (tasted 2015/04)

2003 Charmes-Chambertin
The nose is just awesome with deep, hedonistic notes of mashed strawberries, game, melted asphalt, chocolate and moist forest floor. Sweet and yummy. A bit lose on the edges but still, savoury and opulent.
The taste doesn´t really fill the shoes of the nose. It is sweet, velvety and rich, yes. But the middle taste is a bit dry. Notes of dried strawberries, dry forest floor, worn leather and dog fur. Very rich. Long. A result of the hot year. Great with food. A lovely nose but the taste doesn´t match it. Very, very good though. Would drink it any day, if someone else is picking up the bill...
90p   (tasted 2015/04)

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