Louis Jadot – 2019


Frédéric Barnier 2020 Louis JadotTasted in Beaune with Frédéric Barnier, 03 December, 2020.

Louis Jadot
21 Rue Eugène Spuller
21200 Beaune
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Frédéric on 2019:
Sadly not a lot of water in the winter. A little cold in February but not too much. So we had a relatively early start to the growth but then followed a couple of episodes of frost – 05 April and then 14 April too – all the côte was full of candles – but really the candles were needed for the first episode, not the second as the first was wet, the second was dry. Then the growth took-off in May. June was a little cool and the flowering took a long time in not great weather. So we had some small grapes that never grew and a lot of millerandes. Two waves of hot weather came in the summer – with a little rain in-between. The veraison was a little delayed, delaying what we thought would be an early harvest but that was no bad thing. The end of the season was very dry so we had very clean grapes but unfortunately small grapes. We had some extra concentration from the heat and wind, so certainly more concentration than ripeness in some places. However, there was still some proper phenolic maturity as the wines are quite silky. Quite high degrees – around 14° so there’s plenty of sucrosity. The analytics of the 2019 reds are very similar to those of 2018 but with a modest extra acidity – but they are less darkly coloured. Our harvest started 11 September with some early reds, the whites needed fast harvesting as they were gaining 1° in a weekend due to such small grapes. Not much to triage and the vinifications ran well. Not a vintage with difficulties, no rules in the cuverie – some early some late malos. The real disadvantage was that the cellar could have been cooler after the hot summer which can be more complicated for the malos – the rhythm is different these days.

In this vintage, Frédéric chose to block a proportion of the malos in his whites. This is done by inoculating individual barrels, so depending on the size of the cuvée the actual amount that is ‘blocked’ will vary – say one barrel in a lot of 2, 3, or 4 barrel. Of-course more in the larger cuvées.

The wines…

There are some great whites in the range in 2019, but I think the reds just edged it here – the whites (on this day!) showing a lot of oak – something I don’t usually note at this address. Look out for a stunning sequence of (red) 1er Crus – but the wine of the tasting was the Bèze, closely followed by the Bâtard – sorry for being such a classicist!

All from barrel, nothing assembled:

2019 Santenay, Clos de la Malte
Medium-plus colour. A vibrance of red fruit. Starting direct but the palate fills out with an attractive though transient oak. Long, volume as well as persistence – that’s very tasty finishing!

2019 Prieur-Brunet, Santenay 1er Maladière
Third vintage since Prieur-Brunet purchase, all made in Beaune.
Similar in style though with more width to the aroma. Cooler fruit, more direct, less padded. Good energy – it’s mainly the oak component that’s missing here. The finish with more intensity and energy – for keeping a while but that’s a greater finish with less make-up too.

2019 Chorey-lès-Beaune, Beaumonts
Domaine Gagey
That’s a nose of fine clarity – red-fruited and inviting. More open, more obviously a framework of structure here. Salivating, deeper finishing – starts fresh, but with a more serious depth of finishing flavour…

2019 Pernand-Vergelesses 1er Clos de la Croix de Pierre
Domaine des Heritiers. Of-course from En Caradeaux
A little more volume of fresh aroma. Here a different shape, more direct, linear, a suggestion of reduction- but then it’s PV! Supple, properly structured – more grapey – with a super burst of finishing flavour. This will be excellent.

2019 Savigny-lès-Beaune 1er Dominode
Domaine Louis Jadot
A suggestion of extra softness but a really appealing width of aroma here – a great invitation. Wide, there’s a lovely intensity that goes with this wine, subtly based in tannin – but no grain. Wide, wide finishing. No herb, just impressive complexity – bravo!
2019 Beaune 1er Cras
Domaine Gagey
The most perfumed wine yet – wide with red berries and perfume. More direct, linear, melting with cool, delicious fruit – great wine – insinuating length, such a great wine…

2018 Beaune 1er Clos des Ursules
Domaine des Heritiers.
This nose, by comparison, is fuller in the depth. Rounder, more mouth-filling, the fine structure has a little more visibility. Waves of finishing flavour radiate from the core – another really excellent wine…

2019 Volnay 1er Santenots
Domaine Louis Jadot. A new wine since 2017 via Prieur-Brunet, in Plures
The first wine since the Chorey with a little extra colour. Extra width of aroma too – and perfumed aroma at that. A certain serious side to this wine – quite direct but also with a chiselled structure – amply concentrated, a wine to wait for. But really a super wine none-the-less…

2019 Volnay Clos de la Barre
Also a wide and impressive nose though slightly less perfumed. Mouth-filling, more airy and open – the concentration grows though, the velvet tannin having almost no grain. An extra finishing elegance…

2019 Pommard Platière
Darker fruited – lots of depth to this nose too. Mouth-filling some sweetness – just as well to balance out the mouth-filling tannic structure – but the grain is micro-small. You should have 3-4 years patience but the shape and flavour are fine.

2019 Corton Pougets
Domaine des Heritiers.
A little extra colour. Deeper, fuller aromatics. In the mouth too – more of everything – it’s a grand cru! The tannin is fine and a mere accent, the depth of flavour impressive – the modern vernacular of Corton – one that you ‘easily’ drink today!!!

2018 Marsannay Le Chapitre
Domaine Gagey. First vintage with the villages label.
A vertical nose, nice high tones and a depth of good aroma – slowly adding some floral perfume. Plenty of volume in the mouth – of course not the velour and depth after following the Corton, but this is still very tasty and mouth-watering wine in the finish.

2019 Nuits St.Georges 1er Les Boudots
Domaine Gagey.
A nicely vibrant nose, some perfume too. An extra sweetness but there’s plenty of structure here too – a layered flavour that’s only modestly framed with fine but not dry tannin. Holding a width of darker-red, cushioned, finishing fruit – delicious here!

2019 Vosne-Romanée 1er Les Suchots
A lovely depth of properly spiced Vosne aroma – very nice. Wide, lovely freshness, slightly cooler fruit, the tannin is currently consumed by the fruit. Just an ultra-delicious, sensuously textured wine. Bravo
2019 Chambolle-Musigny 1er Les Baudes
Domaine Gagey.
Here’s a nose that just keeps getting better and better – such a seductive floral accent to the fruit – yes! The shape is full, softer at the edges versus the Suchots, no less depth or dimension of flavour. That’s a great finish too. Bravo Chambolle…
2019 Chambolle-Musigny 1er Les Fuées
Domaine Louis Jadot.
Like all of these wines, concerted swirling brings ample reward – it’s the stage in elevage; a depth of aroma, but finely perfumed too. Supple, more obviously structured – tannin mainly but all is ripe, hardly a suggestion of dry. Lots of scale to this wine – reminiscent of the Pougets. Ultra-delicious finishing – ooh, that’s soooo good….. Bravo!

2019 Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Estournelles St.Jacques
Domaine Louis Jadot.
More freshness and width of aroma – jellied dark-red berries. I like the fresh entry then, particularly, the structural shape of this wine- zero aggressivity, layered flavour, and long finish. As always a forgotten wine but as always (usually) a completely delicious wine!

2019 Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Clos St.Jacques
Domaine Louis Jadot.
An airier style of nose – open, interesting – attractive for sure. More direct, less ‘sweet’ more visibility to the structure. I like the fresh ‘direction’ of this wine. Extra width in the finish too. The Estournelles is the easier and more attractive wine today, so give this some time in your cellar.

2019 Chapelle-Chambertin
Domaine Louis Jadot. Over 90-year-old vines here.
The swirling reveals a beautiful floral perfume. Neither full nor fully direct – sort of in-between. The part that resonates today is the finish, vibrating away for a considerable time after swallowing…

2019 Clos de Bèze
Domaine Louis Jadot.
What a panorama of aroma here – some cushioned depth too – great wine already. Direct, a linear style, cool fruited too. Properly structured so don’t rush to drink this – but it’s oh so good – you would still be forgiven if you reached for the cork-screw! A great wine of amplitude, well-covered structure and proper, great, length…

2019 Clos de La Roche
Domaine Louis Jadot.
A nose with more high-tones after the Bèze. Full, with more evident tannic structure to this wine. Certainly for keeping! But what width of middle and finishing flavour – this will be super wine!

2019 Clos de Vougeot
Domaine Louis Jadot. At the bottom of the Clos here.
That a nicely powerful nose – powerfully perfumed too but with no lack of elegance. Mouth-filling, certainly GC concentration, structured too but far from the austerity of old. Powerfully constructed and well finishing.

2019 Echézeaux
Domaine Louis Jadot.
Lots of perfume again – and quite some width of aroma at the base too. Structure but more easily accessible flavour today vs the CV. Melting deliciously over the palate. That’s such a delicious wine, sensually textured at the same time. Ready before the CV, indeed already delicious today!

2019 Bonnes-Mares
Domaine Louis Jadot.
Extra coaxing is required to release the aromas – but they are pretty classy! A wine that’s almost intermediate between the Echezeaux and the CV in terms of shape, structure and accessibility. The Bèze is the wine of the tasting for me but this is not too far behind. BM can be a brutal wine but not this wine! Excellent!

Les blancs…
Some malos partly blocked chez Jadot whites – by choosing a barrel to stop and mixing with the other barrels when they are done. The Chablis villages and 1ers are now bottled but not the GCs:

2019 Chablis
Ooh – an attack of cool mineral freshness – almost a shock after the reds. Bright, cool, plenty of freshness. Delicious wine with a certain minerality. Chablis? Probably, but not strongly marked at this stage…

2019 Chablis 1er Fourchaume
One-third 450-litre barrels for elevage
Extra depth and still lots of aromatic freshness – a certain fine citrus here too. Round, good energy – airy but also nicely intense. A tannic touch in the finish and quite wide too.

2019 Chablis 1er Montée de Tonnerre
Hmm – more floral, finer, more precise nose. A larger-scaled wine. Freshly energetic, with a little extra burst of flavour as you head into the finish. A little saline accent here. Delicious wine.

2019 Chablis Les Clos
Towards the bottom of the slope – about 1/3 a hectare. All previous were bottled, this still in elevage – half tank, half larger-format barrels.
A vertical nose – impressive aromatic depth here. Here, possibly, I see a more Chablis style – there’s a little fat in the middle and there could be a bit more energy but the finishing complexity has much interesting salinity too. Large-scaled wine, long finishing.

2019 Santenay Clos de la Malte
Domaine Louis Jadot.
Some width of aroma – plenty of oak showing too. Incisive, fresh, more Chablis than the Chablis except for the oak. It may be just this sample, but give this time for the oak to fade…

2019 Santenay Clos Faubard
Domaine Louis Jadot.
More clarity of fresh width – no oak. Incisive, cool-fruited, still plenty of sucrosity – some oak but less sweet and creamy than the Malte. I really like the depth of mid-palate flavour – very tasty here.

2019 Pernand-Vergelesses 1er Clos de la Croix de Pierre
Domaine Louis Jadot.
Oak again but in a more smoky style. Incisive once more, cool fruited once more. A baseline of modest tannin. Wide, ripe citrus finishing – a very tatsy finish here.

2019 Savigny-lès-Beaune 1er Clos des Guettes
Domaine Gagey.
The most width and vibrancy of aroma – still subtly oaky. I love the open, fresh, energy of this wine. Again the oak is a marker – it looks like all at this stage of the elevage on 2019 – and they are not alone in that…

2019 Beaune 1er Grèves Clos Blanc
Domaine Gagey.
A nose of fine fresh width, tighter below. More structural wine, less obviously oaked. Depth of flavour – a wine for keeping a while. Subtly tannic at the base too. Excellent if narrow finishing. Very classy wine.

2019 Meursault 1er Charmes
Domaine Louis Jadot.
Here’s a fine combination of fresh high tones and depth of aroma, subtly floral and spiced. Drive, mineral, plenty of width, great texture too. A grain of tannin in support, and very long lasting flavour – I like this – a lot! Bravo!

2019 Meursault 1er Perrières
Here since 2016 chez Domaine Louis Jadot – from the highest parts of the vineyard.
Certainly different, a much deeper nose but less expressive above. Wide, great scale to the shape and flavour. Extra finishing complexity too – a mix of the textural and flavours. A great finish – but overall, today I prefer the Charmes.

2019 Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Morgeot Clos de la Chapelle
Domaine Duc de Magenta
A wide and vibrant nose, slightly floral too. Big in scale – the most overtly mineral so far. Mouth-watering, fine clarity of flavour. A big wine but also an impressive wine. Long finishing too.

2019 Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Abbaye de Morgeot
A more compact nose but no-less inviting with pretty floral top notes and nice overall clarity. More direct, more mouth-watering, less ample yet full of concentration. Lingering beautifully. What a great wine!

2019 Puligny-Montrachet 1er les Folatières
Domaine des Héritiers Jadot.
A nice blend of both higher and lower-toned complexity. Fresh, very wide and a little mineral. The minerality and the more composed style set this apart from the last. Equally complex finishing with a faint tannin – conservatively this is excellent – but there’s scope for more.

2019 Puligny-Montrachet 1er Clos de la Garenne
Domaine Duc de Magenta
Not as wide, but more depth of aroma, slight caramel here. Also not as wide in the mouth as the Folatiüres but a bubblingly mineral style brings an impressive extra depth of flavour. Almost a stony finish here – that’s rather impressive. Excellent wine again.

2019 Bâtard-Montrachet
Puligny side
Very floral perfumed. Here is depth, dimension, energy and structure – virtually no fat. A wine of concentration and complexity but plenty of energy. All that, yet somehow with a fine elegance too. Palate staining in the finish with that haunting perfume. Bravo

2019 Chevalier-Montrachet Demoiselles
Domaine des Héritiers Jadot.
Nice width of aroma again, slightly caramel depth once more. Ooh, more intensity and fine base minerality. This is still a wine more of concentration than direction. But a very impressive one!

2019 Corton-Charlemagne
Domaine des Heritiers.
An airy yet uncommunicative nose to start. Big wine on the palate – broad-flavoured – here I find a lack of precision and focus versus most. Large-scaled for sure – but better to try again after more elevage.

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