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April 12, 2017

Louis Jadot Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Les Cazetiers 2015 & Clos Vougeot Grand Cru 2015

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Yesterday Allen Meadows, aka Burghound, released his second Burgundy 2015 report. In it he re-asserts that ‘the 2015 vintage in the Côte de Nuits is the best vintage since 2005.’ He also states that ‘the 2015 reds are wines to search out and acquire.’ This is high praise from the region’s strictest critic. It is clearly a vintage to stock up on, but one where quality vs price matters, as prices have soared. In his report, one producer he focuses on is Louis Jadot, who he says ‘has an enviable track record for producing some of the best reds of the vintage in particularly hot years (1997 and 2003 for example) and 2015 is no exception.’ Jadot’s price vs value in 2015 is among the best and two high scoring wines are chief among these. Firstly, Louis Jadot Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Les Cazetiers 2015 has been awarded the joint potential highest of all the 2015s for this plot, with an exceptional 92-94 points from Burghound. However at £330 per case of six, it trades at a large discount to comparable producers. In addition, Louis Jadot’s Grand Cru Clos Vougeot was awarded one of the highest scores from this plot with 92-94 points. Priced at £485 per case of six, this is possibly the lowest priced high scoring Grand Cru plot of the vintage.

Cazetiers is considered one of the best 1er Cru sites in all of Burgundy, graced by producers such as Armand Rousseau and Maison Leroy. Facing East, it is one of the most elevated vineyards in the Cote de Nuits, nearly the same altitude as the Grand Cru vineyard of Chambertin, allowing it to benefit from maximum exposure to the sun in the early hours of the morning. Jadot’s plot here is among the finest, which combined with their savoir-faire has resulted in one of the highest scoring 1er Cru wines of the vintage: Burghound generally reserves 94 point potential scores for Grand Cru exclusively. Jadot’s Cazetiers is the joint best in 2015 according to Burghound, outscoring Armand Rousseau which will trade upwards of £1,200 a case of six. Burghound mentions specifically that “Jadot Gevrey 1ers are brilliant so there are a broad range of excellent choices“. Jadot’s Cazetiers even matches the score for their Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru “Les Amoureuses”, arguably the finest 1er Cru of them all.

Clos Vougeot is one of the most recognised and loved Grand Cru vineyards, it is also the single biggest Grand Cru vineyard in the Cote de Nuits. Clos Vougeot abounds with chalk, gravel and limestone and it borders the Grand Cru vineyards of Musigny, Grands Echezeaux and Echezeaux, straddling the villages of Chambolle Musigny and Vosne Romanee. In 2015 Louis Jadot’s Clos Vougeot has also been awarded a superb 92-94 points from Burghound, which makes it one of the best-performing Clos Vougeot in 2015 and one of the most attractively priced. When compared to a selection of its peers currently available, it clearly stands out:

Clos Vougeot BH £/6 POP
Louis Jadot 92-94 £485 75
Bouchard 92-94 £575 88
Hudellot-Noellat 93-95 £675 96
Faiveley 92-95 £750 111
Arnoux-Lachaux 91-94 £825 132
Domaine Jean Grivot 92-95 £1,000 148
Denis Mortet 91-93 £1,020 170
Domaine Méo-Camuzet 92-95 £1,200 178
Philippe Pacalet 92-95 £1,220 181
Michel Gros 91-94 £1,270 203

Burghound states, referring to Jadot’s Clos Vougeot ‘2015 seemed to favor Clos de Vougeot and this is another excellent example of that.’ Priced at £485 this Grand Cru offers incredible value for the vintage, clearly underpriced compared to the other plots from the vineyard and Grand Crus in general.

The 2015 vintage has proven extraordinarily popular despite the price rises and as such we are pleased to be able to offer a small parcel of Cazetiers and Clos Vougeot, a wonderful offering from a truly great vintage.

Louis Jadot Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Les Cazetiers 2015, 6×75 – £330 EP

92-94 Points, Allen Meadows, Burghound
This is completely different and much more typically Gevrey with its earthier and more sauvage-inflected aromas of ripe dark berries and forest floor that are also trimmed in noticeable but not intrusive wood toast. There is more volume and power to the equally mineral-driven and concentrated flavors that possess real drive on the strikingly complex finish where the only nit is a hint of warmth. This notably structured effort should be first-rate if you have the patience to allow it to mature.

Louis Jadot Clos Vougeot Grand Cru 2015, 6×75 – £485 EP

92-94 Points, Allen Meadows, Burghound
There is enough reduction to render the nose impossible to assess today. Otherwise there is excellent richness and concentration to the full-bodied and succulent flavors that once again brim with dry extract while delivering excellent length on the balanced and less youthfully austere finish than usual. 2015 seemed to favor Clos de Vougeot and this is another excellent example that, much like the Griotte, just needs to add some depth to merit the top end of my projected range.