The White Burgundies of Louis Jadot from the Challenging 2018 Vintage

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Founded in 1859, Maison Louis Jadot is today one of Burgundy’s most important producers.  We’ve had the opportunity to taste Jadot’s wines both in France and here in the US.  Recently, we tasted several of their white wines from Burgundy, motivated by our extensive tastings (and forthcoming report) on the Chardonnays of Sonoma.  California Chardonnay producers, or, rather, their PR agents, often talk about their wines being Burgundian in character, so we tasted several Sonoma Chardonnays side by side with Jadot Chardonnays from Burgundy.  The results of this comparison can be found in our forthcoming report.

Maison Louis Jadot today manages 210 hectares of vineyards, including some of the most illustrious in Burgundy.  In addition, the firm has long term contracts with independent growers throughout Burgundy and its famed Cote d’Or. Louis Jadot makes wines from over 100 appellations, including at least 20 Grand Crus, with total production exceeding 800 thousand cases annually. Frédéric Barnier, who joined the estate in 2010, is director of winemaking.

Our reviews of several Jadot white Burgundies from the 2018 vintage follow. As is well known, the 2018 vintage was a difficult one.  The summer was hot and dry with August heat spikes, and younger vines, especially, were stressed. It was also a year of large yields, which helped delay ripening, but hang times were still shorter than normal.  Vintners started harvesting in late August, and some expressed concerns about phenolic ripeness and acidity levels.  With this in mind, we approached this tasting with some trepidation.  But, we’re happy to report, the Jadot wines showed well with plenty of fresh acidity and good depth of flavor.

The U.S. Importer is Kobrand.

The Wines

Louis Jadot 2020 Pouilly Fuisse Macon ($31) 91  Opening with light aromas of lemon pith, the Pouilly Fuisse is lively and fun with decent grip and clean flavors on a medium weight palate. It’s partly barrel fermented with six months oak aging. Excellent value in white Burgundy! Partly barrel fermented with six months oak aging.

Louis Jadot 2018 Maison Louis Jadot Meursault ($75) 91  Aromas that recall orchard fruit with tangerine and honeyed toasted nuts. A medium-bodied wine with good intensity and balance and a silky palate. The 2018 Meursault Villages comes from several different parcels from around the appellation, including the Porusot that was previously bottled separately. Located south of Beaune but north of Puligny Montrachet, Meursault wine is produced in the commune of Meursault in the Côte de Beaune. 13% alc.

Louis Jadot 2018 Maison Louis Jadot Chassagne-Montrachet ($89) 92  Restrained aromas of orchard fruit and ripe citrus introduce this nicely concentrated and mouth filling wine. On the palate, it’s lively with a firm backbone, high toned fruit, and good depth. Drinking well now.  Situated in the south of the Côte de Beaune, south of Puligny Montrachet, Chassagne-Montrachet is one of the five villages that make up the Côte des Blancs. At altitudes varying from 250 to 350 meters, the vineyards benefit from exposures ranging from east to south and southwest and the wine comes mainly from marly limestone soils.

Louis Jadot 2018 Maison Louis Jadot Puligny-Montrachet ($95) 92  Showing a delicate bouquet of lemony citrus and orchard fruit with hints of oak spice, the Puligny-Montrachet offers a dense, stony mineral palate with high toned fruit. It’s persistent on the finish with excellent overall freshness. The 2018 Puligny-Montrachet Villages comes from several plots. 13% alc.

Louis Jadot 2018 Domaine Gagey Le Clos Blanc Beaune Grèves Premier Cru ($60) 93  Coaxing aromas of orange and lemon citrus complemented by spice and roasted nuts notes. A finely textured wine with good primary fruit and a silky smooth texture. There’s lovely integration of fruit and oak on a broad palate. Fresh tasting despite the vintage. 13.5% alc.

Louis Jadot 2018 Domaine des Héritiers Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru ($245) 95  Very fragrant with vibrant scents of citrus, stone fruit, toasted nuts and a hint of toast. Dense on the palate with a leesy, tactile mouth feel and excellent overall richness. Persistent finish of rich extract and chalky minerals. Still youthful and in need of more time in bottle, although it’s perfectly drinkable now.  Sourced from prime growing land on top of the hill, primarily from the Pougets climat, this powerful wine can take long aging. 13.5% alc.

Louis Jadot 2018 Maison Jadot Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru ($430) 94  The bouquet reveals citrus aromas complemented by herbal and honeysuckle notes. A complex, layered, silky, mouth filling and firmly structured wine with dusty mineral and toasty notes. Superb richness and length on the finish. 13.5% alc.





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