Louis Jadot have some of the best plots in the Cote d’Or and have been described by Neil Martin as a Domaine that ‘produce wine equal if not better than bijou growers’, offering superb potential for price appreciation and incredible quality vs. price. Their leading wines compete with the stratospherically priced tier one producers for critical acclaim, yet are released at a fraction of the price. As such Louis Jadot presents an excellent opportunity to own and enjoy the best of truly great Burgundy without paying £300 a bottle. Neil Martin describes Jadot as the barometer for all Burgundy in any vintage. In 2013 Martin highlights Gevrey Chambertin for excellence, where he believes they have excelled. 2013 is an elegant vintage that should be considered for the mid-term, we think the market will approach it for consumption before the 2012 vintage. The quality is very good, it is the perfect vintage for those who want to buy top Burgundy and drink from next year onwards as well as over the next two decades. To read our full Burgundy report please click here.
Domaine Jadot Gevrey Chambertin Clos Saint Jacques 1er Cru 2013, 6×75 – £470 EP
We are delighted to be able to offer cases of Jadot’s Clos Saint Jacques, which is known as the best 1er Cru plot in Gevrey Chambertin. The entire vineyard is 6.7 hectares and Jadot owns 1 hectare. Their plot is the centrepiece of the vineyard, with the best soil and aspect, but Jadot produced less than 60 cases this year, it is incredibly rare and sought after. Rousseau owns 2.21 hectares at the southern end of the vineyard, double that of Jadot and in 2013 Martin awards Rousseau’s Clos Saint Jacques the same score as Jadot, 90-92 points. However, Rousseau costs more than £2,000 a six pack, while the equal quality Jadot can be bought today for £470. This is hugely compelling for a wine in such demand from this truly great vineyard.
Clos Saint Jacques is the Cru that all other 1er Cru sites aspire to! Alongside Meursault Perrieres and Chambolle-Musigny Les Amoureuses, Clos Saint Jacques has a classification of its own in the minds of Burgundy lovers. Clos Saint Jacques is considered better than most Grand Cru plots and belongs within the pantheon of great Grand Cru sites. The reason it is not classified Grand Cru is that the required paperwork was not filled in during the classification of 1935. However, this faux pas in the bureaucratic system means collectors can secure one of Burgundy’s best plots at 1er Cru prices and Jadot’s Clos Saint Jacques certainly makes the strongest argument for collection given its quality vs. price.
Domaine Jadot Gevrey Chambertin Cazetiers 1er Cru 2013, 6×75 – £275 EP
Cazetiers is also considered one of the best 1er Cru sites in the whole of Burgundy with producers such Armand Rousseau making wines from the vineyard. Cazetiers occupies 8.5 hectares to the west of the village of Gevrey Chambertin (highlighted in blue above) and boarders Clos Saint Jacques to the north. Cazetiers faces east and is one of the most elevated vineyards in the Cote de Nuits, nearly the same altitude as the Grand Cru vineyard of Chambertin, allowing it to benefit from maximum exposure to the sun in the early hours of the morning. The soil is rich in limestone helping with drainage and to retain heat.
Jadot’s Cazetiers 2013 scored 91-93 points from Neil Martin, surpassing Rousseau’s Cazetiers in 2013, which is over four times the price, £1,500 a case of six. In 2013 Jadot’s Cazetiers costs £45 a bottle, which is incredible value. The complexity and structure of this extraordinary wine means it will drink well for 20 years plus, while production is tiny already causing pressure on supply before the wine is even bottled.
Domaine Jadot Chapelle Chambertin Grand Cru 2013, 6×75 – £650 EP
As one can see from the map above (highlighted in green) Chapelle Chambertin lies directly underneath Chambertin Clos de Beze, where the soil takes on a pebbly, hard rock consistency which is richer than the neighbouring Grand Cru Griotte. The vineyard is 5.49ha, producing only 22,000 bottles and Louis Jadot, who along with Ponsot, Damoy, Drouhin-Laroze and Trapet, is one of the principal and best properties, producing on average less than 1,500 bottles.
Jadot’s Chapelle is superb and offers incredible value for money: Burghound (Allen Meadows, who has not published his scores) has awarded this wine an average of 93 points over the last five years. Considering the huge global demand for top Grand Cru red Burgundy, £108 per bottle for a leading Chambertin vineyard seems undervalued. It can be drunk over ten years with immense pleasure, or resold for a healthy profit: it is just a shame so little of it has been made!
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