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Just like 2015 was no ordinary vintage in Burgundy, Louis Jadot is no ordinary Negociant! With close to 160 years of experience and owning more than 150 hectares of vineyards across Burgundy (70 Ha of which lie in the Côte d’Or), Chef de Cave Frederic Barnier has extraordinary control over his fruit source from top to bottom. In a great year such as 2015, the wonderfully warm, sunny summer resulted in magnificently ripe and healthy berries even in the more marginal appellations. In short 2015 is a vintage which will not disappoint from Village, Premier Cru and Grand Cru alike. As Frederic Barnier said “The wines will rival the best we have made in a very long time”

About Maison Louis Jadot

Maison Louis Jadot was established in 1859 by Louis Henri Denis Jadot and developed by succeeding generations. In 1985 their US distributor Rudi Kopf purchased the business while also purchasing Domaine Clair Daü (which brought with it Grand Crus of Chambertin Clos de Bèze, Bonnes Mares, Clos Vougeot and Corton Grèves).
Domaine des Héritiers Louis Jadot has long belonged to the Jadot family and includes the original Louis Jadot Monopole Beaune Premier Cru ‘Clos des Ursules’ vineyard, purchased in 1826, plus Corton Pougets  and Corton Charlemagne. Pierre Henri-Gagey, current President succeeded his father André Gagey in 1992 and today his son Thibault is deeply involved in Louis Jadot. Domaine Gagey has been in their family for generations, and in­cludes great vineyards in Clos Saint Denis and Echézeaux.
Domaine du Duc de Magenta is not strictly owned by Louis Jadot, but is on a very long term, exclusive contract for the Chassa­gne Montrachet Premier Cru Morgeot ‘Clos de la Chapelle’. In the 1990’s Louis Jadot invested in vineyards such as Côte de Nuits Villages Le Vaucrain and Beaujolais Chateau des Jacques Moulin-a-Vent and Morgon, and began working their own cooperage, Cadus, based in Ladoix.

2015 Côte d’Or vintage report by Frederic Barnier

A cold, damp end to winter saw bud burst take place towards the end of March/beginning of April. The first fortnight of April saw lots of bright sunshine, but the cool weather retarded growth somewhat. The second half of April and all of May were warm and dry, and growth accelerated as a result. The first flowers put in an appearance at the end of May and start of June. The soil held plenty of water reserves thanks to the rainy winter. In certain areas, particularly those that had suffered hail damage in recent years, it was already apparent that yields were going to be low. June was very hot and the growth cycle accelerated further. Flowering only took a week, and it only took three weeks to go from the end of flowering to bunch closure (half the time that this process usually takes in an average vintage).

At this stage we began to talk about the possibility of any early harvest because some of the vineyards with reduced yields were ripening so fast that it looked as if they would be ready to pick before September.

At the end of June rain fell copiously on the Côte d’Or, and this helped swell the grapes. The state of July saw temperatures that were 4 degrees Celsius higher than usual, bright sunshine and rainfall that was down 60mm on the July average.

Growth slowed as the plants protected themselves from the hot, dry climate, and some bunches got a little hot. In Beaujolais and the south of the Mâconnais, vines suffered some hydric stress as they hadn’t had any water since winter. Some vines lost a few leaves and veraison was delayed due to the lack of rainfall. At the end of July, rainclouds appeared, and the vineyards got between 5 and 30mm of rain.

It was hot in August but there was also some welcome rain (notably on August 8th). The grapes began to ripen and the ideal climatic conditions persisted right up to the end of the growing season: the speed of ripening varied hugely depending on the yield and the availability of water per parcel. We started picking the Chateau des Jacques whites in August along with some of the riper Gamay parcels (some of which achieved 15% alcohol per volume!) At Louis Jadot, we began picking our white grapes on September 1st, and the reds on September 7th.

Yields were average for the whites and low for the reds. We have been pleasantly surprised by the balance of the grapes, particularly in terms of the extraordinary levels of acidity seen in the whites. The warm wind that swept through the vineyards towards the end of August may well have concentrated the levels of acidity. We blocked the malolactic fermentation in our whites in order to preserve the balance between richness and tension in the wines. The reds show deep, rich colour and flavours – the raw material promises a great vintage in 2015 for both whites and reds. “The wines will rival the best we have made in a very long time”.

Your tongue will thank you!

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About the Wines

ALLEN MEADOWS, BURGHOUND, APRIL 2017

Savigny-Lès-Beaune 1er Cru La Dominode 2015, 90-93 points/2025+ 
This is easily the most elegant of these three Savigny 1er Crus with its pure and spicy nose that is notably more floral in character along with notes of spiced plum, red currant and warm earth nuances. There is excellent volume to the caressing medium weight flavors that exude a subtle minerality on the sappy but markedly firm finish that makes clear that this is built-to-age. Excellent.
Pernand-Vergelesses 1er Cru “Clos de la Croix de Pierre” (from Caradeux). 90-92 points/2022+
A pretty and slightly cooler nose combines various red berries with floral notes and in particular violet. The rich and appealingly vibrant middle weight flavors exhibit a bit more minerality while delivering excellent persistence and complexity on the less obviously structured finale.
Beaune 1er Cru Clos de Couchereaux 2015, 89-92 points/2025+
A ripe and agreeably fresh nose is composed by notes of liqueur like red berry fruit that is laced with spice, violet and a whiff of smoke. The palate impression of the medium-bodied flavors is slightly less powerful and mineral-driven yet there is both volume and concentration to the moderately chewy and ever-so-lightly rustic finale. Patience will be required here as well.
Beaune 1er Cru Clos des Ursules (from Vignes Franches), 91-94 points/2030+
While aromatically similar to the Boucherottes this is even denser, in fact this is almost unctuously rich with seemingly buckets of sappy and palate coating dry extract which is just as well given how firm and powerful the supporting tannic spine is. This isn’t necessarily better than usual though it is bigger and more powerful than is typical. Note that here too that plenty of patience will be required.
Pommard 1er Cru Les Rugiens, (from Rugiens-Bas) 92- 95 points/2035+
A more elegant and cooler nose features essence of red pinot fruit, wet stone, game and violet-scented aromas. There is outstanding mid-palate concentration and power to the driving medium weight plus flavors that display ample minerality on the beautifully balanced and hugely long finish. Note well however that this is a classically constructed Rugiens that will live for decades. In a word, gorgeous.
Corton-Grèves Grand Cru 2015, 90-93 points/2027+
Discreet wood and menthol nuances still easily allow the overtly sauvage and earth-inflected aromas of red and dark currant to be appreciated. The concentrated yet relatively supple medium weight flavors possess a velvety mouth feel before culminating in a lingering if slightly warm finale where a hint of bitter cherry arises. This is not super complex but more depth will undoubtedly develop overtime.
Corton-Pougets Grand Cru 2015, 91-94 points/2032+
As is often the case this possesses the most elegant nose of the 4 Corton grands crus with its range of red and dark berry aromas that are cut with spice, earth, tea and a hint of anise. This sense of refinement continues on the well-delineated medium-bodied flavors that are shaped by relatively fine-grained tannins on the dusty and mouth coating finish that offers excellent complexity and persistence though there is a touch of backend warmth.
Cote de Nuits-Villages Le Vaucrain, 89-92 points/2022+
Touches of oak and menthol are sufficiently subtle not to interfere with the various earth and dark berry fruit aromas. The supple and seductively textured middle weight flavors possess fine mid-palate concentration along with surprisingly good power on the serious and impressively long finish. This isn’t particularly refined, though it’s not really rustic either, and it’s rare to see this level of quality from this appellation. Recommended.
Nuits St. Georges 1er cru Les Boudots 2015, 90-92 points/2025+
A wonderfully spicy nose combines notes of plum, violet, cassis, tea and hints of lavender. The highly seductive and caressing middle weight plus flavors also brim with dry extract that coats the palate on the lingering, moderately firm and well-balanced finale. I found this to be slightly disappointing as normally it is one of Jadot’s very best 1ers but in 2015 it seems to lack its usual level of complexity though in fairness, more may very well develop if given 5-ish plus years of bottle age.
Vosne Romanée 2015, 89-92 points/2023+
A spicy nose consists of dark currant, violet and Asian-style tea nuances where a note of dried orange peel can be discerned. Similarly there is that lovely trait of inner mouth perfume to the velvety and caressing yet quite serious and muscular flavors that are borderline robust while delivering excellent length. This is not an especially elegant Vosne villages but offers terrific quality and especially fine complexity. Recommended.
Vosne Romanée 1er cru Les Suchots 2015, 91-93 points/2027+
In contrast to the prior two wines this is aromatically much more reserved though aggressive swirling eventually liberates Asian spice box, tea, plum and violet scents. There is fine richness to the very suave and highly seductive medium-bodied flavors thanks to the abundant amounts of dry extract that impart a sappy texture to the lingering and solidly complex finale. This is both classy and stylish and built to reward medium plus-term aging.
Vosne Romanée 1er cru Les Beaux Monts 2015, 90-93 points/2027+
Like the Chaumes this is sufficiently reduced today to render the nose hard to assess. Otherwise the mouth feel is also quite seductive but in this case with somewhat more minerality in evidence on the plush and sophisticated flavors and lingering finish. This is not as mineral-driven as usual but it’s awfully pretty.
Chambolle Musigny 1er Cru Les Fuées 2015, 92-94 points/2030+
As is usually the case this is both more aromatically elegant and slightly more restrained with its cool collection of red and dark currant lilac, plum and wet stone where an interesting hint of mandarin orange shows up. The sleek, intense and even more mineral-driven middle weight flavors possess focused power and it not the same size and weight as the Baudes, then certainly more refinement thanks to the relatively fine-grained tannins on the wonderfully long finish. While this is also quite firm, this should be approachable after 6-8 years or so.
Gevrey Chambertin 1er Cru Les Cazetiers 2015, 92-94 points/2030+
This is completely different and much more typically Gevrey with its earthier and more sauvage-inflected aromas of ripe dark berries and forest floor that are also trimmed in noticeable but not intrusive wood toast. There is more volume and power to the equally mineral-driven and concentrated flavors that possess real drive on the strikingly complex finish where the only nit is a hint of warmth. This notably structured effort should be first-rate if you have the patience to allow it to mature.
Gevrey Chambertin 1er Cru Estournelles St. Jacques 2015, 90-93 points/2025+
This too is mildly but not really intrusively toasty with its liqueurlike aromas of various dark berries, red currant and much more floral and elegant suffused nose. The refinement continues onto the intensely stony and well-delineated flavors that culminate in an attractively complex and well-balanced finale. This is perhaps a bit less refined than usual but on the other hand, it’s also more powerful than usual.
Gevrey Chambertin 1er Cru Lavaux St. Jacques 2015, 92-94 points/2030+
A cool, restrained and more complex collection is comprised bynotes of both red and dark currant, earth, violet, humus and plenty of sauvage characters. Here too there is ample minerality to the tautly muscular, serious and powerful big-bodied flavors that terminate in a beautifully persistent finish. This is very clearly built to age but it’s a bit less youthfully austere than it usually is at this early juncture.
Gevrey Chambertin 1er Cru Les Clos St. Jacques 2015, 92-95 points/2030+
Interestingly, and particularly so given the generally high level of expressiveness of many of the prior wines, this is all but mute and requires aggressive swirling to reveal ripe yet elegant and airy aromas of red currant, spice, smoke, wet stone and a hint of underbrush. There is evident refinement to the mineral-driven and caressing medium-bodied flavors that exhibit lovely delineation on the mildly austere, firm and beautifully well-balanced and lingering finale. This is very classy with a Zen-like sense of harmony.
Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru 2015, 89-92 points/2027+
Moderate wood frames the notably ripe yet fresh array of red currant, earth and once again, plenty of sauvage characters that can also be found on the rich and relatively full-bodied flavors that possess a succulent, even opulent mouth feel. The finish though is slightly sweet and this aspect is accentuated by the wood treatment. While there is nothing technically amiss, I can’t say this especially appeals to me though in fairness, the sweetness may very well dissipate with enough bottle age.
Mazis-Chambertin Grand Cru 2015, 92-95 points/2033+
An overtly toasty character fights somewhat with the liqueur-like aromas of red and dark currant liqueur that flash notes of freshly turned earth, spice, smoked meat and plenty of forest floor nuances. This is markedly bigger and more powerful that the Charmes with more mid-palate concentration as well as the copious amounts of dry extract imparts a sappy texture as well as buffers the very firm tannic spine on the explosively long and beautifully well-balanced finale. This is an imposingly serious wine and expressly made to age so keep in mind should you choose to buy it as this won’t be a good candidate to drink you.
Chapelle-Chambertin Grand Cru (from En Gemeaux; these are the oldest vines in the Jadot portfolio of owned vineyards) 2015, 93- 95 points/2035+
This too displays noticeable wood influence though here it’s more in the form of menthol than toast though it’s not so much as to materially impede the appreciation of red cherry and overtly floralscented nose where ample hints of the sauvage and warm earth eventually appear. There is remarkably good concentration as the old vine sap is immediately evident whilst coating the palate and pushing the even firmer tannic spine to the background on the powerful and intensely mineral-driven finale. Despite the impressive size, weight and power this is actually more refined than usual but even so, it’s going to require a very long snooze in a appropriately cool cellar. In sum, this is seriously good Chapelle.
Chambertin Grand Cru 2015, 93-96 points/2035+
This too is overtly floral with a breathtaking array of lilac, lavender, rose petal and violet scents adding both breadth and elegance to the array of red currant, plum, spice and forest floor scents. The suave, round and highly seductive broad-shouldered flavors possess superb mid-palate concentration before terminating in a hugely long, sappy and almost painfully intense finish where hints of mocha and warmth can be discerned. This is a serious and youthfully brooding Cham that is also going to require a very long stay in a cold cellar; in short, this is a ‘buy and forget’ wine.
Chambertin-Clos de Bèze Grand Cru 2015, 93-96 points/2035+
Plenty of wood and menthol elements mark the wonderfully spicy and notably ripe nose that combines notes of red berry fruit liqueur, a panoply of spices and a whisper of mocha. The highly seductive and concentrated flavors possess an opulent mid-palate mouth feel that is borderline unctuous, all wrapped in a gorgeously long, complex and well-balanced finish. While the sheer density of material should enable this to be approached after only a decade or so, if you wish to see it at its peak, this too is pretty much a ‘buy and forget you own it’ wine.
Clos de la Roche Grand Cru 2015, 92-94 points/2032+
Notes of wood and menthol combine with those of red currant, dark raspberry and plenty of earth and game scents. The velvety yet quite powerful big-bodied flavors also brim with sappy dry extract that pushes the otherwise notably firm tannic spine to the background on the build-to-age, balanced and wonderfully persistent finale.
Clos St. Denis Grand Cru (from 90+ year old vines that are worked by horse) 2015, 92-95 points/2030+
There the generous wood treatment is borderline intrusive as the menthol element all but dominates the markedly spicy and ripe dark berry fruit aromas. The medium-bodied flavors are even richer than those of the Clos de la Roche and more refined as well though, as one might reasonably expect, less powerful before culminating in a highly seductive and strikingly complex finale. This beauty isn’t quite as structured but should have no difficulty rewarding from 15 to 20 years of bottle age.
Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru 2015, 92-94 points/2032+
There is enough reduction to render the nose impossible to assess today. Otherwise there is excellent richness and concentration to the full-bodied and succulent flavors that once again brim with dry extract while delivering excellent length on the balanced and less youthfully austere finish than usual. 2015 seemed to favour Clos de Vougeot and this is another excellent example that, much like the Griotte, just needs to add some depth to merit the top end of my projected range.
Echezeaux Grand Cru (from Les Rouges du Bas that is worked by horse because it is so steep) 2015, 91-94 points/2030+
This is very ripe though the black berry liqueur and spice aromas stop just short of surmaturité. The equally ripe, suave and caressing velvet-textured flavors display a mocha component on the slightly sweet and warm finish. As the description suggests, this was somewhat awkward though because of the excellent underlying material my range assumes that this manages to recover with time in bottle. I underscore though that is a prediction, not a guarantee.
Bonnes Mares Grand Cru (100% from the Chambolle side that combines about one-third terres rouges and the remainder from terres blanches) 2015, 93-95 points/2035+
Strong wood and menthol characters bury the fruit at present. On the plus side the exceptionally rich and concentrated broadshouldered flavors possess outstanding amounts of dry extract that impart a velvety texture to the plush finish that is slightly sweet due to the generous wood treatment. Note that like several wines reviewed above that my projected range assumes the underlying material is up to the job of successfully absorbing the wood treatment.

JANCIS ROBINSON, NOVEMBER 2016

Beaune 1er Cru Clos des Ursules 2015 (from Vignes Franches), 17 points/2025-2040
Tank sample. Monopole. Lustrous mid crimson. Not much nose at the moment. Just mildly medicinal. Very round and charming on the palate. Lots of polish and charm with the panoply of fruit almost disguising the tannins. Very long indeed with a lot tucked in for future development.
Corton Pougets Grand Cru 2015, 17 points/2030-2045
Tank sample. Heady, sweet, ripe perfume then a broad spread of rather exotic ripe fruit. Hint of cough drop, but excellent drive and grip.
Clos de la Roche Grand Cru 2015, 17+ points/2028-2042
Tank sample. Pure, bright crimson. Racy ripe fruit – almost doesn’t try! Not one of the most concentrated, but impressive in a handsoff way. Lots of juice. Just the finish is a bit less distinct and long than some.
Meursault Les Perrières 1er Cru 2015, 17+ points/2024-2032
Tank sample. Rich but with the guts to handle it. Dry finish and a substantial, muscular wine. Only a hint of excess sweetness.
Clos St. Denis Grand Cru 2015, 17.5+ points/2028-2045
Tank sample. Lively bitter cherry fruit on the nose. Very sweet start and bracing fruit with tannins that are a bit sandy at this stage. Not opulent, but correct and certainly not overdone. The refreshing aspect of a burgundy grand cru!
Mazis-Chambertin Grand Cru 2015, 18 points/2028-2045
Tank sample. Sold out! Very complete and appetising with really silky tannins. Great drive and persistence. Wonderful peacock’s tail on the end.
Puligny Montrachet 1er Cru Les Referts 2015, 16.5+ points/2021-2028
Tank sample. This seems to have better balance than most Jadotwhites (no MLF apparently) with some real freshness as well as luscious fruit. Still lots to chew on, but it has energy.
Chambolle Musigny 1er Cru Les Fuées 2015, 16.5+ points/2027-2040
Tank sample. Bright crimson. Ripeness plus energy. Firm tannins and acidity – so everything in place for an eventual fine bottle! Still embryonic.
Chapelle-Chambertin Grand Cru 2015, 17 points/2030-2045
Tank sample. Good fruit density underneath and some polish but still very much a work in progress. Lots of grainy tannin. Serious and lively.
Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru 2015, 16.5++ points/2030-2045
Tank sample. Bright crimson. Very sweet start and then great bitter fruit on the finish. Quite challenging now. Tannins don’t seem quite ripe enough.
Corton Grèves Grand Cru 2015, 17- points/2028-2042
Tank sample. Very bright crimson. Heady, concentrated nose. Bitter cherries on the end and masses of (ripe) tannins on the way there. Well constituted. Slightly dry finish at the moment. Should get there eventually.
Echezeaux Grand Cru 2015, 17.5 points/2028-2040
Tank sample. Bright crimson. Nose seems more evolved than some, with some meat and two veg on the nose and very smooth tannins. Rather relaxed and glamorous somehow. Just a bit astringent on the end at present.
Gevrey Chambertin Les Clos St. Jacques 1er Cru 2015, 18 points/2027-2045
Tank sample. This was shown at the Jadot London tasting with a big neck label announcing that the allocation was already sold out. Much less expressive on the nose than the Lavaux. Super-charming and round on the palate with that extra depth, dimension and muscle of the vineyard. Well done! Racy and thoroughbred. Still a baby. But the tannins are admirably polished. Very long.
Gevrey Chambertin Lavaux St. Jacques 1er Cru 2015, 17 points/2024-2038
Tank sample. Bright, light crimson with some real pace. Lively, sweet fruit with the freshness of the appellation. Polished tannins. No lack of fruit. This should charm. Admirably persistent.

THE WINE ADVOCATE, JANUARY 2017 ISSUE 228,

2015 LOUIS JADOT
Beaune 1er Cru Clos des Couchereaux 2015 (Domaine des Héritiers Jadot) ; 91-93 points, Drink 2019-2032.
The 2015 Beaune 1er Cru Clos des Couchereaux is a little charmer on the nose with wild strawberry, briary and blackcurrant scents entwined with fine mineralité and tension. The palate is medium bodied with supple red berry fruit, a gentle grip, neatly integrated oak and very fine detail on the finish. What a delicious and expressive Beaune from Louis Jadot.
Bonnes Mares Grand Cru 2015 (Domaine Louis Jadot) ; 94-96 points, Drink 2020-2045.
The 2015 Bonnes-Mares Grand Cru has a very refined bouquet, the precocity of the vineyard harnessed and kept under control, very focused and delineated with intense black cherry and mulberry scents, crushed violet unfurling with time. I can see this blossoming down the line. The palate is very well balanced with crisp acidity, lively and tensile. There is not enormous weight and penetration towards the finish, preferring to remain quite linear and “well-behaved,” yet it is certainly long and persistent, and it should bestow 20-30 years of drinking pleasure.
Echezeaux Grand Cru 2015 (Domaine Louis Jadot) ; 92-94 points, Drink 2020-2045.
The 2015 Echézeaux Grand Cru has a perfumed bouquet, a mixture of black and blue fruit, perhaps just a little smudged compared to others I have tasted, but with very impressive vigor. The palate is medium-bodied with supple red berry fruit, rounded and velvety in texture, gently building to an assured finish. If it can muster a notch more precision on the nose, then it may well deserve a higher evaluation, but it remains a very delicious and enticing prospect.
Chevalier Montrachet Grand Cru Demoiselles 2015 (Domaine des Héritiers Jadot) ; 93-95 points, Drink 2018-2037.
The 2015 Chevalier-Montrachet Grand Cru Demoiselles has a seductive bouquet of lemon curd, frangipane and orange blossom: well defined with impressive intensity, one that really evokes this vineyard. The palate is medium-bodied with a supple texture, crisp acidity, good weight in the mouth and a tensile finish that leaves traces of lemongrass and black pepper in its wake. This sophisticated Chevalier-Montrachet “Demoiselles” should bestow a couple decades of drinking pleasure.
Meursault 1er Cru Perrières 2015 ; 90-92 points, Drink 2019-2032.
The 2015 Meursault 1er Cru Perrières boasts the finest and most sophisticated bouquet among Jadot’s premier cru Meursaults: scents of yellow plum, dandelion, sunflower seeds and lemon curd. The palate is well balanced with crisp acidity, good weight in the mouth, though it needs more acidity to cut through the richness on the finish. I suspect this will gain more tension by the time of bottling.
Côte de Nuits villages Le Vacrain (Domaine Louis Jadot) 2015 ; 87-89 points, Drink 2018-2025.
The 2015 Côte de Nuits Village Le Vaucrain has a slightly aloof, dark berry and earl grey-tinged bouquet that is very appealing. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin, not a wine of great finesse, but it offers plenty of depth and roundness, the finish offering a surfeit of delicious red cherry and strawberry fruit.
Gevrey Chambertin 1er Cru Les Cazetiers 2015 ; 90-92 points, Drink 2019-2032.
The 2015 Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Les Cazetiers has a detailed and expressive bouquet with a convincing sous-bois infused bouquet that gains intensity in the glass, plenty of detailed red berry fruit blossoming with aeration. The palate is detailed and precise with crisp acidity, maybe compact at the moment, yet the delineation on the finish is very commendable. I hope by bottling there is just a little more persistence on the aftertaste.
Corton Pougets Grand Cru 2015 (Domaine des Héritiers Jadot) ; 93-95 points, Drink 2021-2045.
The 2015 Corton Pougets Grand Cru, under the Domaine des Héritiers Jadot label, has a crisp, quite pure bouquet with the fruit a little darker than the Corton Grèves at the moment but equally well defined. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin, moderate depth, rounded in the mouth with layers of cranberry and strawberry fruit. There is a pinch of sea salt right on the finish that shows fine precision and focus. This is outstanding.
Clos de la Roche Grand Cru 2015 ; 92-94 points, Drink 2019-2035
The 2015 Clos de la Roche Grand Cru has a voluminous and extravagant bouquet with blooms of red berry fruit, although I found myself more drawn to the complex and intellectual Clos Saint-Denis. The palate is medium-bodied with grippy tannin. This is a masculine, assertive Clos de la Roche, quite saline in the mouth with a feisty, spicy finish. This is a fine grand cru from Louis Jadot, though not one of their top releases this vintage.
Pommard 1er Cru Les Rugiens 2015 (Domaine Louis Jadot) ; 91-93 points, Drink 2020-2038.
The 2015 Pommard 1er Cru les Rugiens has an intense, powerful bouquet with layers of ripe wild strawberry, raspberry and cranberry; there is great volume and drive here with floral scents (iris and rose petal) emerging with time. The palate is mediumbodied with supple ripe red cherry fruit, a little rustic compared to the Pommard Epenots, broad-shouldered with firm and insistent grip. But I kind of like the “unruliness” of this Rugiens and it stands it in good stead for several years bottle age. This is a great Pommard from winemaker Frederic Barnier and his team.
Beaune 1er Cru Clos des Ursules 2015 (Domaine des Héritiers Jadot) ; 90-92 points, Drink 2019-2035.
The 2015 Beaune 1er Cru Clos des Ursules is fuller and more voluminous on the nose compared to Jadot’s other Beaune Premier Crus, equipped with layers of red cherry, crushed strawberry and rose petal aromas. The palate is medium-bodied with sorbet-like freshness on the entry, veins of Satsuma pith and cranberry on the mid-palate, leading to a well-knitted and quite structured finish. There’s class here and it may merit a higher score with a few years of ageing.
Gevrey Chambertin 1er Cru Lavaux Saint-Jacques 2015 (Domaine Louis Jadot) ; 93-95 points, Drink 2020-2040.
The 2015 Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Lavaux Saint-Jacques has a lively, vivacious bouquet with vibrant red cherries, redcurrant and orange rind scents that remain very controlled yet at the same time, very detailed. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, elegant in style, silky smooth in texture leading to a detailed, mineral-driven and harmonious finish that has grace and panache. This is superb.
Clos Vougeot Grand Cru (Domaine Louis Jadot) 2015 ; 91-93 points, Drink 2019-2035.
The 2015 Clos Vougeot Grand Cru has an expressive nose with red cherry, cranberry and strawberry fruit, a feminine bouquet with neatly integrated new oak. The palate is medium-bodied with crisp acidity, quite tensile in the mouth with a slightly pinched, compact finish that should broaden out once it has completed its élevage. This is a respectable grand cru, even if I would not hold it up as one of Jadot’s top-tier 2015s.
Gevrey Chambertin 1er Cru Estournelles Saint-Jacques 2015 (Domaine Louis Jadot) ; 92-94 points, Drink 2020-2040.
The 2015 Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Estournelles Saint-Jacques was showing a bit of reduction on the nose when I tasted the barrel sample. The palate is medium-bodied with chewy tannin, well-judged acidity, a slight candied orange peel note towards the finish that fans out with confidence. This is an excellent premier cru like the Lavaux Saint-Jacques, although it should be afforded 4-6 years in bottle.
Pernand-Vergelesses 1er Cru Clos de la Croix de Pierre 2015 (Domaine Louis Jadot) ; 89-91 points, Drink 2018-2029.
The 2015 Pernand-Vergelesses 1er Cru Clos de la Croix de Pierre has a lovely blackcurrant leaf and raspberry-scented bouquet that is both detailed and focused. The palate is medium-bodied with a supple texture, a racy line of acidity, leading to a harmonious black cherry and quite spicy finish that lingers in the mouth. This is a very fine Pernand-Vergelesses from Louis Jadot.
Chambertin Grand Cru 2015 ; 94-96 points, Drink 2020-2050.
The 2015 Chambertin Grand Cru has a composed and harmonious, assured bouquet with mineral-driven red berry fruit, a touch of undergrowth and chalk emerging with time. The palate is medium-bodied with fine, quite firm tannin. This is a conservative, correct Chambertin with superb structure, real density and assertiveness towards the finish. Will it develop the personality of the Mazis-Chambertin? Still, this represents an impressive Chambertin from Jadot that will give 20-30 years of pleasure.
Montrachet Grand Cru 2015 ; 92-94 points, Drink 2018-2032.
The 2015 Montrachet Grand Cru has a potent nose with dried honey and blackberry leaf, orange blossom and cold stone developing in the glass. The palate is very well balanced with crisp acidity, viscous, almost waxy in texture with decent weight on the finish, although this year I find that the Chevalier-Montrachet is in possession of more personality and race.
Mazis-Chambertin Grand Cru 2015 ; 94-96 points, Drink 2020-2045.
The 2015 Mazis-Chambertin Grand Cru has a more complex, you could say more enigmatic bouquet than the Charmes-Chambertin, darker fruit with touches of seaweed and iodine, with aeration more floral scents such as crushed violet. It feels mercurial in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin, a touch of dried fig and Asian spice infusing the red berry fruit. What I appreciate is the structure and especially the precision towards the finish. This is classy.
Gevrey Chambertin 1er Cru Les Clos Saint-Jacques 2015 (Domaine Louis Jadot) ; 93-95 points, Drink 2020-2045.
The 2015 Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Clos Saint-Jacques has a very composed and detailed bouquet, a mixture of red and black fruit, a subtle floral note of rose petal and iris. The palate is medium-bodied with very fine tannin and a fine silver bead of acidity. It feels quite linear at the moment, strict and you could say “well behaved,” though there is superb depth towards the velvety finish and a persistent minerally aftertaste. This is a very composed, complex Clos Saint-Jacques.
Chambolle Musigny 1er Cru Les Fuées 2015 (Domaine Louis Jadot) ; 92-94 points, Drink 2020-2038.
The 2015 Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru Les Fuées has a very classy bouquet with redcurrant and cranberry fruit, more mineralité than the Les Baudes, showing impressive focus and mineralité. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin, quite dense and grippy in the mouth with a pinch of spice and white pepper enhancing the finish. It feels a little backward, so afford this 5-6 years in bottle. But it’s one of Jadot’s finest premier crus in 2015.
Charmes Chambertin Grand Cru 2015 ; 90-92 points, Drink 2019-2032.
The 2015 Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru has a rounded, generous bouquet with scents of red cherries, kirsch and incense. The palate is sweet and precocious on the entry with brown spices infusing the red cherry fruit, although I found the new oak a little conspicuous towards the finish. I would look for more refinement once this grand cru is in bottle.
Vosne Romanée 1er Cru Les Beaux Monts 2015 ; 92-94 points, Drink 2019-2035.
The 2015 Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru Les Beaux Monts was shaded by the Les Suchots in this occasion, more foursquare and less terroir-driven at the moment, though developing attractive woodland and sous-bois aromas with time in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with ripe black cherry and boysenberry fruit, a fine bead of acidity and commendable precision on the finish. This has potential, but it may need more bottle age than the Les Suchots.
Puligny Montrachet 1er Cru Les Folatières 2015 (Domaine des Héritiers Jadot) ; 91-93 points, Drink 2018-2028.
The 2015 Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Folatières, under the “Domaine Héritiers du Jadot” label, was more reserved than the Puligny Clos de la Garenne when I tasted them side by side, but it opens with attractive limestone and granitic aromas. The palate is crisp on the entry with vibrant acidity, well balanced with orange zest and a touch of tangy marmalade lending complexity on the taut and focused finish. Excellent – this is one of Jadot’s best whites this vintage.
Chapelle Chambertin Grand Cru (Domaine Louis Jadot) 2015 ; 93-95 points, Drink 2020-2045.
The 2015 Chapelle-Chambertin Grand Cru has an open red cherry, crushed strawberry and sea spray-scented bouquet that perhaps does not quite have the complexity, nor the intrigue of the Mazis-Chambertin at this stage. The palate is refined with grippy tannin and a commendable sense of energy and tension. The salinity comes through on the finish and lends this grand cru fine sappiness, urging you back for another sip. For those with patience…
Chambertin Grand Cru Clos de Bèze (Domaine Louis Jadot) 2015 ; 95-97 points, Drink 2020-2050.
The 2015 Chambertin Clos de Bèze Grand Cru has another very composed and delineated bouquet that for me attests more complexity and terroir-expression than the Chambertin. This is just exquisite – you can feel the vineyard here. The palate is medium-bodied with very fine tannin, a keen line of acidity, very supple tannins with a surfeit of finesse and refinement on the finish. This is one of the best releases from Louis Jadot this vintage out of over 100 samples reviewed.
Corton Grèves Grand Cru (Domaine Louis Jadot) 2015 ; 92-94 points, Drink 2020-2040.
The 2015 Corton Grèves Grand Cru was demonstrating some reduction on the nose, though underneath lie some decent black fruit that should offer good vigor once in bottle. The palate is medium-bodied with sweet supple tannin, well-judged acidity, harmonious in the mouth with a gentle but insistent grip on the silky smooth finish. Once the aromatics gain their cohesion and clarity, which they will, this will be a very fine Corton Grèves.
Corton Charlemagne Grand Cru 2015 (Domaine des Héritiers Jadot) ; 91-93 points, Drink 2019-2030.
The 2015 Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru has an attractive nose of orange rind, lemon zest and subtle star anise aromas that become accentuated in the glass. The palate is crisp on the entry with lemon zest and orange rind, quite reserved and austere towards the finish that shows presence but needs more energy and tension. It has potential, but let’s see how it turns out in bottle and see if it gains more race.