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January 25, 2017

Louis Jadot Corton Pougets Grand Cru 2015 & Corton Charlemagne Grand Cru 2015

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The quality of 2015 vintage has been well documented with every major critic singing its praises throughout and from ‘top to bottom’ according to Allen Meadows. However, we have seen a significant rise in prices from 2014, which is largely due to low production as well as anticipation of the very small harvest in next year’s 2016 campaign. As such, prices of the leading wines have made the Grand Crus very expensive, forcing many collectors to try and find similar quality in 1er Cru plots. That said, we are delighted to offer two fantastically priced and critically acclaimed Grand Crus by Louis Jadot: Domaine des Héritiers Corton Pougets and the exceptional Corton-Charlemagne.

Domaine des Héritiers is one of the most historic parcels of vineyards under Domaine Louis Jadot, acquired in 1859. At under £50 a bottle, their Corton Pougets is the lowest priced Grand Cru we have seen this year, making it a truly exciting find. Furthermore, the Corton Pougets has received its highest score to date from The Wine Advocate, an impressive 93-95 points. Martin simply says, ‘this is outstanding’ describing the finish as showing ‘fine precision and focus’. The 2010 and 2005 score 92-94 and 90-92 points respectively while trading at £400 and £600 per 6×75 case, making the 2015 extraordinarily attractive both compared to previous vintages and other Grand Cru from 2015. In fact, Jadot Corton Pougets substantially outscores DRC Corton 2015 (90-92) and collectors can buy around three case to every one bottle of DRC!

Jadot’s Corton is grown in the ‘Pougets’ climate on a slope with high elevation, the vines roll around the hill with exposure from the east across to the south. Both Pinot Noir and Chardonnay are grown on these soils, these vineyards also produce Corton Charlemagne. While perhaps more famous for the whites, Pinot Noir vines grown here produce brilliant, vibrant reds with a succulence and aroma that will age gracefully for decades. These reds were described as “the king of the bon-vivants” by Camille Rodier, and are prized across the world. Fermented over 3-4 weeks and aged another 18-20 months in oak barrels, Louis Jadot produces a classic, rich Corton Pougets, but at a fraction of the price of other producers.

Louis Jadot Corton Pougets Grand Cru 2015, 6×75, £295 EP 93-95 Points, Neal Martin, The Wine Advocate
The 2015 Corton Pougets Grand Cru, under the Domaine des Héritiers Jadot label, has a crisp, quite pure bouquet with the fruit a little darker than the Corton Grèves at the moment but equally well defined. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin, moderate depth, rounded in the mouth with layers of cranberry and strawberry fruit. There is a pinch of sea salt right on the finish that shows fine precision and focus. This is outstanding.

2015 is also excellent for whites, particularly on sites that produce a richer, fuller style, making Corton-Charlemagne highly sought-after. While some have lacked a little freshness due to a certain over-ripeness, the Louis Jadot whites have a unique character in 2015 that sets them apart. Due to their high degree of ripeness, succinic acid was created 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.
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 a low scoring critic. Burghound does not disagree, with a score no lower than 93 since 2005 and 93-95 in 2014. While neither have scored the 2015 vintage yet, it has received 94 points from Tim Atkin MW, revealing the usual distinction. Martin scores the 2015 91-93 points, but notes that ‘it has potential’ and we expect the other critics to come in with the usual high scores. At £540 per case of six, Jadot’s is one of the best priced Corton Charlemagnes on the market and certainly one of the finest. It is not to be missed in 2015 and is a wine that will reward for 20 years, this is a white to collect and hold.

The hill of Corton is responsible for two of the finest Grand Crus in the world; the Red Corton and White Corton Charlemagne – both unmissable in this vintage. We recommend a case of each for just £820

Louis Jadot Corton Charlemagne Grand Cru 2015, 6×75, £540 EP 91-93 Points, Neal Martin, The Wine Advocate
The 2015 Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru has an attractive nose of orange rind, lemon zest and subtle star anise aromas that become accentuated in the glass. The palate is crisp on the entry with lemon zest and orange rind, quite reserved and austere towards the finish that shows presence but needs more energy and tension. It has potential, but let’s see how it turns out in bottle and see if it gains more race.

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