When it comes to Burgundy the name of the producer on the bottle might just be the most important piece of information. Some producers make a scant barrel or two per vintage fro a single vineyard. Others, like Maison Louis Jadot make wines from across Burgundy, ranging from Chablis to the Mâconnais. The challenge is to maintain the terroir from each bottling. Frederic Barnier, winemaker at Maison Louis Jadot, tells me how he embraces this challenge and others while we sample wines from the upcoming release of the 2015 vintage.
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Frederic Barnier, Winemaker, Maison Louis Jadot
2015, Louis Jadot Domaine Duc de Magenta Morgeot Clos de la Chapelle Monopole Rouge, Chassagne-Montrachet Premier Cru
Very floral nose highlighting good minerality and a bit of perfume.While round and rich this wine shows more earth than fruit on the palate. The fruit notes are stone fruit backed up by citrusy acidity.
2015 Louis Jadot Domaine des Heritiers Boucherottes, Beaune Premier Cru
Rich and bright almost magenta in color. An explosion of berry and violet on the nose. Very Pommard in style. A tannic attack reveals earthiness and mixed fresh red berries, leather, cola, and nice acidity.
2015 Louis Jadot Chapelle-Chambertin Grand Cru, Cote de Nuits
An absolutely stunning nose that screams “YES!” This is what Grand Cru Burgundy is all about. Elegant all around. On the palate this wine has all of the hallmarks of a classic in it’s infancy. Great fruit, silky tannin, and bold acid are all present yet still not integrated. The flavor of this wine should become more harmonious with a few years of age. Worth the wait.
2015 Louis Jadot Chateau des Jacques Moulin-a-Vent Clos de Rochegres, Beaujolais
Super fun and fruity nose. Still super young and showing a bit more earth up front but slowly reveals flavors of luscious red berries. Bold tanning and forward acidity. Super long finish.