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November 25, 2013

Louis Jadot 2012 En Primeur Releases: Chassagne Montrachet

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Louis Jadot make exceptional white Burgundy, drawing on over two centuries of family tradition and experience in winemaking. Their history has allowed them the opportunity to secure some of the best plots in the leading vineyards in Chassagne and they are renowned for producing wines with great typicity, ripe fruit and balanced but noticeable smoke and toast derived from oak age. The Maison Louis Jadot is world famous and acclaimed, however their wines still remain some of the most competitively priced on release. Continuing on from our last offer of Jadot’s Meursault and Puligny-Montrachet plots, we are pleased to be able to offer allocations of two their leading Chassagne vineyards.

It has been the practice of the villages throughout the Côte d’Or to append the name of their most famous vineyard to that of the village and in the case of Chassagne and Puligny that could only be the vineyard of Montrachet. Chassagne and Puligny share the stunning Grand Cru vineyards of Montrachet and Bâtard-Montrachet, with the villages dividing these vineyards through the middle (people refer to wines from the Chassagne commune as Le Montrachet and Puligny just Montrachet). Such a distinction is not needed with the Grand Cru vineyards of Bienvenues Bâtard-Montrachet and Chevalier-Montrachet which fall completely within Puligny. The Grand Cru vineyard Criots-Bâtard-Montrachet (Les Criots) is captured completely in Chassagne Montrachet, hugging the western edge of Bâtard Montrachet and boarders the south west edge of Le Montrachet; it is an extraordinary vineyard in its own right.

Louis Jadot Criots Bâtard Montrachet Grand Cru 2012
12×75 – £1,700, 6×75 – £850

If you appropriated a parcel of two fourths Bâtard, one quarter Bienvenues and one quarter Montrachet you would get a good representation of Criots Bâtard Montrachet. It tends to have a full, rich body, displaying beautifully ripe and powerful fruit flavours, yet with complexity, balance and a detailed and delicate finish. As such Criots Bâtard Montrachet offers a wonderful combination of the features of the great Montrachets but – at least for the time being – at a far more competitive price, although Criots Bâtard Montrachet is regarded as exceptional in its own right. The vineyard has an altitude of 780ft (240m) and boasts wonderful limestone soils, which are slightly deeper than further up the slope of the village. The wines last for decades and are best enjoyed after 5-10 years of ageing; however for just over £140 a bottle this is a relatively affordable way of owning a wine that reflects the best aspects of the wondrous Montrachet vineyards. With the tiny production of the Montrachet this year, Criots Bâtard-Montrachet is a savvy wine for ones portfolio or cellar.

Intense tropical fruit on the nose; mangos, apricots, peaches, melons with subtle notes of quince, pineapple and honey; lovely integrated notes of toast, smoke and brioche. The mouth-feel is weighty, rich with intense fruit, lots of power and an opulence of ripe flavours. There is noticeable acidity, which balances the alcohol and ripeness of fruit wonderfully. The finish is defined by lingering notes of tropical fruit, underlined with a steely minerality; graphite and wet stone, it is even a little chewy, due to its power and masculinity, the finish goes on and on, but remains poised and balanced. This wine is very big and will require a decade before approaching, although it will last for 25 years. IG Wines

Louis Jadot Chassagne Montrachet Les Chenevottes 1er Cru 2012
12×75 – £420, 6×75 – £210

Les Chenevottes is located to the north of the Chassagne village (see map above) and is subdivided into two vineyards: Les Commes and Les Bondues. These plots are viewed as two of the most prized 1er Cru sites in Chassagne and wines from either vineyard are permitted to use the famous name Les Chenevottes. Les Chenevottes lies along the narrow band of south east facing limestone that runs gently down from the Grand Cru Montrachets. The vineyard therefore benefits from the limestone, stone and clay terroir that define the Grand Cru vineyards of the Côte d’Or. This wonderful combination maximises exposure to the sun, ripening the grapes fully, while the terroir provides perfect drainage. The wines from Les Chenevottes have a wonderful fragrance of white flowers; hawthorn and acacia, with ripe fruit flavours of melon, lemon and sometimes pineapple, helped by a generous unctuous acidity and elegant minerality. For £35 a bottle on release Les Chenevottes represents one of the best Premier Cru sites in Chassagne Montrachet and the Cote de Beaune for that matter. Les Chenevottes boasts wonderful terroir, as one would expect with its proximity to the great Montrachet plots and its class shines through in the glass.

Light gold colour, ripe aromas of white flowers, white peach, citrus, lemon zest, mango, herbal tea: orange and lemon peel and baked apple, as well as subtle notes of toast and brioche. It displays a round mouth feel on the palate, with plenty of acidity, however a richer creamier finish shows its future promise when it will display further exotic fruit, papaya and more mango. A lovely example of 1er cru Chassagne. IG Wines

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