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November 07, 2016

Louis Jadot Chapelle Chambertin Grand Cru 2015

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There has been a buzz around the 2015 Burgundy vintage since the harvest finished with many proclaiming it to be one of the best ever, even before the wines were tasted; this expectation has been realised. The conditions were almost perfect and the resulting wines worthy of some of the greatest vintages in history. The growing season started with a mild winter and plenty of rain. The summer arrived early, June saw temperatures of up to 40°C and once flowering commenced it was over in a matter of days. Any fears over vine stress were allayed by rain in late June, the timing couldn’t have been more perfect to hydrate the vines in the Cote de Nuit, Cote de Beaune and Chablis in preparation for the heat of July, the driest since 1947. July’s heat acted to reduce yields, however August was mixed with some rain and lower temperatures preventing further heat stress and allowing the grapes to preserve their acidity. The harvest came early and was carried out in perfect conditions. In short, 2015 is a truly special Burgundy vintage, one that will parallel 2010.

Maison Louis Jadot needs little introduction as one of the biggest owners and Domaines in Burgundy. They produce the full plethora of wines, including most of the leading Grand Cru plots. In recent years, their superb terroir has begun to compete with the leading bijou growers, yet at affordable prices for a leading Burgundy. No plot more so than their Domain Chapelle Chambertin. Chapelle Chambertin lies directly underneath 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 produce on average less than 250 cases.

Over the last 10 years Jadot’s Chapelle Chambertin has become one of the best performing reds of the Cote de Nuits, the 2002 and 2010 were awarded 97-99 and 94-96 points and more recently in 2012 and 2014, 95 and 94-96 from the Wine Advocate; even the sweltering 2003 was awarded 95 points. The 2015 vintage promises special accolades and today’s price of £750 per case of six is half the price of similar scoring Grand Cru plots. Today’s special price allows you to secure a case before critical veneration drives prices forward. Jadot’s Chapelle Chambertin is one to buy now, before price increases further.

There is a material shortage of Grand Cru and leading 1er Cru Burgundy in the market. The leading plots, which generally have small potential production, are separated by producers into smaller parcels. Their output barely serviced the US and old Europe, but with the introduction of Asia in recent years, demand has comfortably outstripped supply. Moreover, Burgundy production is on a descending trend, even in 2015 the yields were down on comparable high-quality vintages. This is compounded by the fact that atrocious weather has left the 2016’s yield in an abject state, a complete non-starter across the leading plots, with little or no wine made. As such, with very little stock in the rear view mirror and a narrowing road ahead, the great 2015 vintage will see feverish demand and well it should, it will be lauded for decades. Jadot’s Chapelle Chambertin offers great relative value, an ever increasing presence among the best scoring Red Burgundies. The 2015 is shaping up to be one of the finest ever and awarded as such!

Louis Jadot Chapelle Chambertin Grand Cru 2015, 6x75cl, £750 EP

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