Monday, October 17, 2005

Louis Jadot

Louis Jadot

Maison Louis Jadot was founded in 1859 by Louis Henry Denis Jadot, and has always been seated in the center of Beaune, France. This family business has involved three generations of the family. In 1996, Jadot became partners with a firm of coopers from South-West France, forming the Cadus Cooperage, and ensuring improved control over one of the main ingredients in wine making: the wood used in the barrels. Consistent preparation of the wood insures a consistent product with just the right balance, aroma and aging potential.

Beaujolais Villages

Vintage 2004 of the Jadot Beaujolais Villages is considered intensely fragrant and crisp. Delicious slightly chilled, this wine is best enjoyed when young as aging doesn't do it justice. A Beaujolais of superior structure and complexity, it is full of bright, fruit and floral flavors that are complemented by an unexpected peppery note and strong tannins. It is an excellent vintage to pair with any meal. Other vintages to consider: 2003 and 2001.

Clos de Beze

Jadot Chambertin Clos de Beze is an excellent red burgundy, this wine is sumptuous with an extraordinary balance of power. Lingering notes of berries and oak give a brilliant texture that has a long finish to savor and enjoy. Vintages worthy of attention include 1998, 1989 and 2000.The Clos de Beze has a delicate balance with a full rich taste.

Chassagne Montrachet

Vintages that call attention are from 2002, 1998 and 1995. With a seductive bouquet, this wine is characterized by firmness and depth. Layers of flavor make this multidimensional red wine a well respected contender in its field. With oaky overtones and light fruitiness, the Jadot Chassagne Montrachet is a mid range wine worthy of its place at the dinner table.

Gevrey Chambertin

Beef, pork, poultry and seafood have all met their match with Jadot's Gevrey Chambertin. Break out of the stereotype of red wines only with red meats, and try this with your favorite dish, whatever that may be. The heartiness of this variety stands up well to stews and game as well. Rich garnet in color, fabulous vintages include 1997, 1998 and 2002.

Bonnes Mares

Perhaps the queen of the Burgundy wines from the Jadot offerings, Jadot's Bonnes Mares is an excellent pinot noir with a dry taste and rich red color. A superb burgundy, this medium to full-bodied red explodes with aroma and complexity. Powerful and ripe, this is an excellent full flavored wine with chocolatey notes. Firm and tannic it boasts more plums and a bit less raspberry. Try the vintages from 1989, 2003 and especially 1990 while still available.

Chambolles Musigny

Moderately priced but excellent value, the Louis Jadot Chambolle Musigny is a fine pinot noir, with excellent vintages offered from 1999, 2002 and 2000. Versatile enough to complement any meal, the Chambolle Musigny is a classic with all main course items, regardless of whether fish, fowl or beef. The Chambolle Musigny has subtle flavors of berry and a violet fragrance. With a delicate tanic structure, this blend is complex and lovely.