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December 14, 2016

Louis Jadot Corton Charlemagne & Puligny-Montrachet Les Folatieres 2015

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People are speaking about the 2015 Burgundy vintage as one of the best in decades having experienced almost perfect conditions. The summer arrived early, June saw temperatures of up to 40°C and once flowering commenced it was over in a matter of days, July was 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.

Today we release two of our favourite whites from Louis Jadot’s plots, their stunning and perennially venerated Grand Cru Corton Charlemagne and their brilliant 1er Cru Puligny-Montrachet Les Folatieres. In 2015 the warm conditions have resulted in ultra-ripe fruit concentration in the whites. This translates to gorgeous fruit notes, raised tropically, with poise and balance. Yet, if there is one criticism over the whites it is that they had too much phenolic and sugar ripeness pre-fermentation. However, the Jadot whites underwent something special, extremely rare which resulted in truly remarkable wines. The Jadot whites created succinic acid, a strong acid, along with several organic compounds during fermentation. This occurs regularly in reds, but very seldom in whites, only in extremely rich vintages with high potential alcohol. As such, in 2015 Jadot whites have intense fruit, incredible complexity, yet with stunning acidity and minerality, an uncommon balance of power and elegance, with all the torque yet missing none of the minerality. Jadot whites are some of the finest of the 2015 vintage.

Firstly, we are delighted to offer Jadot’s Corton Charlemagne, which has become known as one of the finest Corton Charlemagnes. Corton Charlemagne Grand Cru is shared by two villages Aloxe-Corton and Pernand-Vergelesses in the northern part of the Cote de Beaune. Jadot’s 3ha vineyards are located in the heart of the appellation next to Corton Pougets with a wonderful south-west facing exposure and takes pride of place within their portfolio. It is one of the oldest plots in Jadot’s stable drawing on their wonderful viticultural heritage. Fermentation takes place in oak barrels and the wine is aged in barrel for 18 months before bottling. Antonio Galloni views this as one of his favourite whites, in 2008 it received 96 points, 2009 95+, 2010 96+, 2011 96, 2012 96, 2013 95+ and 2014 95+, stellar scores from low scoring critic. Burghound does not disagree, with a score no lower than 93 since 2005 with 93-95 in 2014. We can expect this distinction and more in 2015. At £540 per case of six, Jadot’s is one of the best priced Corton Charlemagne on the market and one of the finest. It is not to be missed in 2015 and is a wine that will reward for 20 years.

Louis Jadot Corton Charlemagne 2015, 6×75 –  £540 EP

Jadot’s Puligny-Montrachet ‘Les Folatieres’ is one of the closest 1er Cru vineyards to the Grand Cru Le Montrachet and Chevalier-Montrachet and delivers much of their richness. It is the largest Premier Cru in Puligny-Montrachet, extending over 17 hectares and is widely considered to be one of the ‘Great Premier Crus’ which vie with Grand Crus in terms of quality. In fact, it sits in the middle of the slope, along the same line of the hill as Le Montrachet and Chevalier-Montrachet. Folatieres also enjoys a favourable eastern exposure; to the east extends a flat plain, which ensures a high degree of sunlight, allowing a ripeness on the site that results in its rich, intense wine. The soils are a classic mixture of rock, marl and limestone, but are very shallow, forcing the vines deep into the bedrock, giving rise to a great mineral complexity. Jadot has one of the finest plots here and the wine reflects that providing incredible energy, intensity and finesse, with a long finish similar to the great Grand Cru of the village. In 2015 this is a very strong buy for £270 per case of six.

In 2015 Jadot’s whites are stunning and for £540 per six and less their leading Grand Cru Corton-Charlemagne and Puligny Montrachet Les Folatieres offer two unmissable wines of this stunning vintage and a special one for Jadot.

Louis Jadot Puligny-Montrachet Les Folatieres 2015, 6×75 –  £270 EP

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