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November 25, 2013

Louis Jadot 2012 En Primeur Releases: Meursault and Puligny-Montrachet

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Today we are focusing on the white wines from the famed Louis Jadot, an estate that has some of the best vineyard plots available and who offer exceptional quality at extremely competitive prices.

The three best white wine villages in the world are Meursault, Puligny-Montrachet and Chassagne-Montrachet, which form the backbone of the Cote de Beaune. These lie on a geographical fault line where the seabed deposits of several epochs; each rich in calcium from defunct shellfish that have been sliced and exposed. The altitude of the mid-slope is more or less constant at about 820ft (250m). Higher on the thinly soiled hard rock cap of the hills the climate is harsher and the grapes ripen later. Lower down, where the soil is more alluvial, valley mists and unseasonal frosts are more common and ripeness is more difficult to achieve. The best vineyards therefore are found about a third of the way up, facing east and thereby receiving the morning sun. It is within this sweet spot that we find all the top vineyards running continuously from north to south starting in the village of Meursault.

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Meursault
The most famous vineyards in Meursault are at the southern end bordering Puligny and the three greatest are the vineyards of Charmes, Perrieres and Genevrieres, see map above. Meursault does not have a Grand Cru vineyard, that said the best plots of these three vineyards are certainly worthy of Grand Cru status.They are renowned for being rich and full-bodied, consistently showing butter, almonds and cooked hazelnuts combined with citrus fruit and and a wonderful minerality.

Louis Jadot Meursault 1er Cru Les Charmes 2012
12×75 – £460, 6×75 – £230

We can offer a limited allocation of Louis Jadot Meusault 1er Les Charmes, a perennially superb wine, which is hard to come by (marked on the map in yellow above). Charmes is split into two plots Dessus (above) and Dessous (below) with the best coming from Dessus on the higher ground, which runs parallel to Le Montrachet in the neighbouring village. Jadot’s plots are found in Dessus, in one of the best spots. The wines from Charmes have lots of power, embodying a wonderful full-bodied buttery style, yet displaying more femininity than Genevrieres and Perrieres, allowing them to be aged for decades but enjoyed younger. We can offer the Louis Jadot Meursault Charmes for £460 for 12 bottles or £230 for six bottles, equating to £38 a bottle; this offers truly exceptional quality versus price and should not be missed.

Jadot’s Les Charmes displays a rich golden colour, with toast, brioche, baked green apples, hazelnuts and ripe tropical fruit on the nose. On the palate it is weighty, with wonderful ripe peach, apricot and mango. The finish is truly stunning, offering wonderful fresh acidity, minerality and nuttiness, lasting for over a minute. IG Wines

Puligny-Montrachet
Puligny-Montrachet is reputably the greatest white wine village the world over and has two of Burgundy’s six white Grand Crus completely within its boundaries; Bienvenues-Batard-Montrachet and Chevalier-Montrachet and half of the greatest vineyards of Montrachet and Batard-Montrachet. This is the heartland of the Cote de Beaune and its jewel clustered around the Mont-Rachet Hill which faces due east to due south allowing the sun to flood the vineyard’s rows as late as nine o’clock on a summer’s night. A sudden band of limestone soil imparting mineral qualities and reflecting light back onto the vine completes this perfect balance.

Louis Jadot Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Referts 2012
12×75 – £420, 6×75 – £210 IB

The Primeru Cru vineyard of Les Referts is separated from Les Charmes by a narrow road which indicates the start of the great village of Puligny-Montrachet (indicated in purple above). It still forms part of the cluster of wonderful vineyards that straddle Meursault and Puligny and Referts offers a lovely balance of the power of Puligny and the harmony of Meursault. Referts is found directly below the Primeur Cru vineyard Combottes and the soil in Referts has a higher proportion of clay and as a result the wines is correspondingly richer and has lower acidity. The terroir in this vineyard is a beautiful site with an orche-red clayey-limestone texture which adds weight to the wine and to the class of Puligny. We have this available for £420 for a case of 12 bottles and £120 for a case of 6 bottles, this comes to £35 a bottle.

Les Referts is known for lovely aromas of white flowers, particularly jasmine, with age developing aromas of hazelnuts, honey and caramelised fruits. The 2012 Referts displays these wonderful aromas, but adds a wonderful steely earthiness on the palate, which is muscular and full bodied, wonderfully balanced and with lots of ageing potential. IG Wines

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