2001 Jadot Clos de Beze! Grand Cru Burgundy
Jadot Grand Cru Burgundy Collection! 2001 Jadot Clos de Beze!
I am excited to feature this elegant burgundy just as we return form the Celebration of Burgundy - La Paulee in New York! How fortunate I was to experience Jadot Grand Cru Clos de Beze at Dirty French along with Steak Au Poive! When most Burgundy aficionado’s think of Clos de Beze, Armand Rousseau comes to mind, but the price is so exclusionary that today it's beyond the reach of most budgets at $3000+ per bottle.
Everett says, "I love 2001 Burgs, and wanted to see how this Jadot Beze was holding up. Beautifully balanced wine with all the hallmarks of 2001, gentle sweetness and elegance, but firm enough for years to enjoy. On the palate it said “I am a Grand Cru."
Bernard Sun about Lardière, Jadot's technical director
Jadot may be a household name but the highly regarded Grand Crus may not be so easy to collect! Jadot makes 160 Cuvee's but be "in the know" and grab the Grand Cru Jadot, available at prices you might expect in your local wine shop!
It is a beautiful Burgundy and ready to drink. Stock up on these drinking burgundy wines to join in on the community of lovers of Clos de Beze! While you are shopping, don't miss out on the 2008 Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru! Grand Cru for a tick over $150!
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"BurgHound on 2001 Louis Jadot Chambertin-Clos de Bèze "A gorgeously perfumed, highly complex and wonderfully spicy nose combines with hints of earth and mostly red berry fruit aromas that are beginning to display some secondary development. The broad-shouldered and solidly powerful flavors also reflect the same attractive depth as the nose with a lovely minerality and excellent definition before culminating in a long, sappy and impeccably well-balanced finish. While sufficiently mature to be enjoyable now, for my taste I would allow another 4 to 6 years of cellar time first. In sum, while there is good punch and power, this is essentially a Clos de Bèze of refinement and elegance." AM July 2001
2001 Louis Jadot Chambertin-Clos de Bèze Grand Cru
"Antonio Galloni "The 2008 Clos de Vougeot is initially quite tense and wiry, but then grows very nicely in the glass. Violets, licorice, red cherries and smoke are some of the notes that emerge from this clean, mineral-infused Clos Vougeot. I especially like the cool, vibrant finish. This is a very beautifully, pointed wine from Jadot." AG May 2011"
2008 Maison Louis Jadot, Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru
An excerpt from Wine Spectator by: Jennifer Fiedler
Gagey, president of Burgundy powerhouse Maison Louis Jadot, and Lardière, Jadot's technical director, are in the bright, airy tasting room of the winery in Savigny-lès-Beaune. Bottles labeled only by white marker, some with a heavy coating of dust, line the side table. Lardière is retiring at the end of this year, after 42 years with the company. Neither talks much about the good vintages, never mind the great ones. It's the difficult ones that stand out. The hail, the heat, the rain. The miracle wines.
Lardière may not be a household name, but Jadot is, and chances are you've had a wine he has made. Jadot produces a huge range of wines, from a raft of value bottlings in the Mâconnais and Beaujolais to some of the most highly regarded grands crus from the Côte d'Or.
Some have labeled Lardière with more effusive titles for his work-"genius," for example, from essayist Jay McInerney, noting his consistently high batting average in making quality wines. "He belongs up there with the great winemakers," says New York-based sommelier Bernard Sun, who has tasted with Lardière since the early 1990s. "There are the greats like Roumier and Lafon," Sun adds, "but they don't make the amount of wine that Lardière makes. For him to be able to do this consistently year in and year out-that's amazing."
In the age of the rock-star winemaker, Lardière is a throwback. He didn't choose Burgundy; it chose him. André Gagey (Pierre-Henry's father and the former CEO) hired him sight unseen out of wine school as an assistant winemaker. Lardière was 22, and it was his first job. He's worked for the same firm for 42 years, even as the idea of a "company man" became outmoded during his tenure.
Speaking about his retirement, "Lowering his voice, he delivers a quote from Rutebeuf, a medieval French poet: "Mes lendemains, se sont mes fêtes." It translates literally as, "My next days, they are my celebrations." Lardière contextualizes the quote, slipping into a more elegiac tone as he interprets it himself: "We prepare you for life to accept it as it is, not to need especially to move. That's it."
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