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!
*Stocks of the Grand Crus and Premier Crus are extremely limited. First come, first served. Following allocation, in June you will be invoiced for 50% of the total. The balance payable when the wines are ready to ship in September/October.