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After lengthy negotiations, we have secured a good allocation of these top class 2013s from Jérôme Castagnier. We fell just as much in love with the generic wines as with those further up the scale. Jérôme began on 1st October, taking pains to verify the ripeness of each vineyard before deciding the picking date. The grapes were all de-stemmed.
Bottle 6 x 75cl26cs
Bottle 6 x 75cl49cs
Jacques Lardière is now in charge of a new project in Oregon, after 40 years at Louis Jadot, and Frédéric Barnier is fully installed in Beaune in his place. In principal, however, there are not expected to be any changes to the winemaking. Frédéric describes 2012 as a superb vintage for reds with very healthy grapes, despite the difficult growing season. He notes the exceptionally concentrated fruit coupled with good acidity. He just had to take care to avoid over firm tannins. The whites were more difficult but their practice of retaining a proportion of the malic acid has been useful this year. All the whites are now bottled with DIAM corks.
Bottle 6 x 75cl6cs
Bottle 6 x 75cl1cs
Bottle 6 x 75cl5cs
Case price (Bottle 12 x 75cl)
Bottle 12 x 75cl2cs
The old order changeth slowly at Maison Louis Jadot. Veteran winemaker Jacques Lardière is still very much in charge, but his eventual successor Frédéric is starting to play a more prominent role. Don’t expect a revolution, but a little evolution is doubtless possible. The acidity of 2010 very much suits the Jadot white wine style, while their fullish extraction of Pinot Noir has worked notably well in several red cuvées – such as the Volnay, Clos de la Barre which we have selected for the first time this year. Where the wines come from one of the various Jadot domaines we supply the relevant information in brackets.
Magnum 3 x 150cl1cs
Bottle 6 x 75cl2cs