Louis Jadot Volnay Clos de la Barre 1er Cru Monopole is a red Burgundy made from vineyards in the Cote de Beaune. The word Monopole is indicative that Louis Jadot are the sole owners of this superb vineyard. This beautiful walled vineyard is only 3.3 acres in size, but produces one of the great Volnays. Louis Jadot manage this monopole and control every aspect of the viticulture and winemaking.
Louis Jadot is one of the largest and most famous wine producers and negociants in the Burgundy wine-growing region. The origins of the company date back to 1859 when the business was fouded by Louis Henry Denis Jadot. Over time the company has acquired plots of vines is some of the most prestigious vineyards in the region including Beaune Clos des Ursules, Chambertin Clos de Bèze, Savigny Les Beaune and many more. Louis Jadot owns or directly controls 120 ha in the Côte d’Or, including over 90 individual vineyard sites, 84ha in the Beaujolais Crus and 18ha in the Mâconnais primarily in Pouilly Fuissé. Today the business is headed by Pierre-Henry Gagey, son of André Gagey, who was entrusted with the management of Louis Jadot in 1962 by Madame Jadot following the tragic death of her son.
In Volnay the soil is extremely thin, chalky, high in calcium and yields the lightest most delicate wines. The strip below, where most of the Premiers Crus are located, is much lower in chalk with a thin iron rich layer covering a strong subsoil. Volnay lies roughly in the centre of the Côte de Beaune, bordered by Pommard to the Northeast, Monthélie to the West and Meursault to the South. The south-easterly exposed vineyards produce only red wines and 26 Premiers Crus.
The grapes for Louis Jadot Volnay 1er Cru Clos de la Barre are harvested by hand into small containers to preserve the integrity of the fruit. The grapes are then carefully sorted by hand and then destemmed. The grapes are macerated for 3 to 4 weeks in open top wooden vats and stainless steel vats. There is a twice daily pumping over. The wine is matured in French oak barrels, a third of which are new, from Louis Jadot’s own cooperage for around 18 months.
This wine is suitable for vegans and vegetarians.