Louis Jadot Limited Edition Discovery Series (Prices correct 07/11/13, please email [email protected] or telephone 01329 822733 for availability).
In readiness for Christmas, Louis Jadot has released some limited edition discovery cases. Alas, no photographs yet.
We are pleased to offer the following…. (please follow the links below for more information)
The first of these is 6 bottle wooden case containing 1 bottle each of 6 different Louis Jadot wines from their superb range of single vineyard (“Clos”) Beaujolais – this includes 5 different single vineyard Moulin A Vent and 1 single vineyard Morgon. We have long championed these wines. Don’t think Beaujolais – these wines are made much more in the style of, and taste like, good red Burgundy.
The second is a vertical flight of Beaune 1er Cru from one of Jadot’s top Beaune vineyards, Clos de Couchereaux. This 6 bottle wooden case contains 1 bottle each of the 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009 vintages. This is a great chance to try a vertical flight of a red Burgundy from a single vineyard. Perhaps drink some now and cellar some for a couple of years!
Explore the ‘terroirs of the different ‘Clos’ of Château des Jacques
A Journey of ‘Terroirs’
Chateau des Jacques Vineyard Discovery Gift Set (6 bottles)
Maison Louis Jadot bought the Château des Jacques estate in 1996. It is situated in Moulin à Vent, between Fleurie and Chenas and has 28.78 hectares of Moulin à Vent vineyards. Of this, there are 6 individual ‘clos’ which cover an average of 19.5 hectares, each with their own distinctive personality reflective of their separate ‘terroirs’. The Moulin à Vent wine is now referred to as the ‘King of Beaujolais’, and is considered to be the most Burgundian Cru of Beaujolais.
For more than 40 years, the grapes at Château des Jacques have been fermented like Pinot Noir wines in open tanks with “pigeage” and “destemming”. Typically maceration
is carried out for more than 20 days (24-27). In addition to the main Château des
Jacques wines, individual “Clos” are vinified separately and aged in new oak barrels
for about a year before being bottled. All of the wines are long lived and typically take 2 – 3 years to reach their peak and can comfortably age for several more taking on a personality similar to a classic aged Pinot Noir from the Cote d’Or . Characteristically the wines are very generous, full bodied in style, even for Moulin à Vent, with the grip and depth to benefit from extended bottle ageing.
1 bottle of each of the following “single Clos” Beaujolais (6 bottles in total)
packed in a wooden case.
Moulin-à-Vent Champ de Cour 2005
The Champ de Cour vineyard covers 2 hectares and is located in the southernmost part of the area associated with the very best Moulin à Vent . Geological origin and soil composition are quite different from the Côte d’Or in that the soil fromthe ‘Clos de Champ de Cour’ is quite sandy and deep with 6- 7% of clay. The bedrock is mainly made of manganese and the vines are planted in some of the deepest soils in the region. A bold but complex, firm style.
Moulin-à-Vent Clos du Grand Carquelin 2008
Situated on the south-facing slopes of Moulin à Vent and covering 4 hectares, the soil from the ‘Clos du Grand Carquelin’ is quite light, comprising of sand and a little bit of clay. The deep colour of the wine can be attributed to the high manganese content of the underlying bedrock. A superb example of just how good the Gamay grape can be.
Moulin-à-Vent Clos de Rochegrès 2007
Louis Jadot Moulin à Vent ‘Clos de Rochegrès’ is a special ‘cuvée’ made from old vines. This is the largest of the Clos and often produces the most profound and long-lived of the Château des Jacques wines. Planted on the appellation’s highest vineyard, the 8 ha site is gently sloping with 55 numerous underground streams keeping the vines well irrigated. The soil is typically granitic, not very deep and overlying a very hard bedrock. Generous and complex with great length.
Moulin-à-Vent La Rochelle 2011
La Rochelle is the latest addition to the Clos with 2011 being the first vintage.
It is located at the heart of the appellation, between La Roche, the Clos du Grand Carquelin and the Clos de Rochegrès. Its vines are planted in shallow soils composed of metamorphic granitic sands, crisscrossed by very ancient seams of granite. Very mineral flavours here that combine well with the generous fruit and judicious oak.
Moulin-à-Vent La Roche 2006
“La Roche” vineyard is situated along the crest of Moulin à Vent. The 1.5 hectare site has very good exposure halfway up the hill with deep soil composing of manganese and clay. Often rich and generous of fruit, perhaps the easiest to appreciate young.
Morgon Côte du Py 2011
Morgon is one of the 10 ‘Crus’ of the Beaujolais region. The production area of Morgon is about 1,100 hectares (2,718 acres) located on granite and schist soil.
Louis Jadot own a number of vineyard sites in Morgon which are carefully managed in an environmentally sustainable manner to produce some of the very best Morgons.
The Côte du Py is considered their best site, situated on the slopes over the village of Villié Morgon. Stylistically the wines tend to be quite dry and firm.
Louis Jadot Beaune 1er Cru Clos de Couchereaux
Domaines des Héritiers Louis Jadot
Vertical Discovery Gift Set (6 bottles)
1 bottle of each of the following vintages (6 bottles in total) packed in a wooden case
The vintages from 2004 to 2009 offer the chance to explore how each vintage influenced the characters of a wine from one single vineyard.
The Aux Coucherias vineyard occupies 9.7 hectares and lies on the upper reaches of Beaune’s Premier Cru slope, equidistant from Pommard and Savigny. Louis Henry Denis Jadot purchased 2 hectares in the Clos des Couchereaux, within Aux Coucherais in the 1800’s, and this holding has remained in the Jadot family ever since.
The superb east-southeast position of the vineyard results in a wine of particular fruit ripeness and supple full body.
A rare opportunity to try a vertical tasting of wines from one single vineyard.
2004 – Overall the crop was a good one but produced wines of differing qualities. The most conscientious growers – those who controlled their production with green harvesting, careful soil management, vinified with rigorous grape selection and controlled fermentation temperature produced the more impressive cuvées. With careful selection from reliable producers, 2004 is a good year for quantity and quality.
2005 – On the whole, 2005 was to be a vintage everyone will remember for its quality.
Although a few areas, such as Chassagne Montrachet and Santenay, were damaged by hail storms, it was overall an excellent vintage.
2006 – After some challenging growing conditions, the 2006 harvest landed safely.
The Ban des Vendanges for whites was on the 18th September, and on the 20th for reds – although special dispensation was given to certain sites in the Côte de Beaune where there was a degree of rot. Sugar levels across both varieties were acceptable. Overall this is a consistently successful vintage, with the best wines displaying a great balance of fresh, crisp acidity and pure ripe fruit.
2007 – The level of rain was rather high in the year which was considered either a handicap or a positive advantage. Certainly, in the past the level of ground water had been very low, and in 2007 probably allowed for easier demineralisation.
This is beneficial for developing the wine’s aromas and at Louis Jadot, we think this added some style to the wines as well as a certain touch of elegance.
2008 – With the exception of December the 2007/2008 winter was mild. April was cool but humid and summer arrived in May with sunny periods at the end of June and July.
Rain then followed causing some disease in the vineyard and careful management was required for quality. Harvest time saw very good ripening of the grapes and after precise sorting, the good quality of this vintage became obvious.
2009 – A fine April saw early flowering with a plentiful crop. June was unseasonably hot and there was some drought stress in certain areas. By July ripening was advancing at a pace. August was hot and dry and a fine harvest promised for September. For once the triage table was largely superfluous with perhaps only 10% of the crop discarded. Overall, a great vintage in terms of quality and quantity.
The 2009 Beaune Clos des Couchereaux is impressive. Silky tannins frame a radiant, expressive core of fruit. This is a beautiful, refined Beaune that should drink well right out of the gate. Clean mineral notes frame the gorgeous finish, where floral notes add lift and freshness. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2019. (05/11) 89-92, Allen Meadows, Burghound