Louis Jadot, Morey St Denis
The famed village of Morey St Denis lies between Gevrey Chamertin to the north and Chambolle Musigny to the south. Jadot's pitch-perfect handling of fruit in vineyard and winery created this elegant, rich Pinot that is now mature and exhibiting developed flavours of red berry fruit compote, integrated spice and sous bois.
Calcerous, clayey soils and a cool, easterly aspect means that the vines are slow to develop in Morey and this is a particularly good thing. It's a very small commune and is home to 20 Premier Crus and 5 Grand Crus, which, given its size, is whopper. Here are the numbers: there are just over 88 hectares of vineyard in Morey and 39.42 of these are 1er Cru and 39.04 of these are Grand Cru, excluding the wafer-thin parcel of Bonnes Mares (you just can't exclude Bonnes Mares, it's just that it's shared between Morey and Chambolle and officially...). This means that almost all of the fruit in the village is exceptionally high quality (by law!) and that even the rest couldn't be much lesser in quality. It's a much-loved village and offers some surprisingly good value.
Jadot is a brilliant name in Burgundy and therefore the whole of France. Therefore the whole of the world and it's not too far from the truth to consider them to be one of the most respectable names in wine. They produce an incredibly large number of wines from the length and breadth of Burgundy and though one might imagine that this dilutes the intensity of their production values, they manage to hit the mark with almost every appellation in which they work. We think that it's because they apply a sensible attitude to each village: working with what they have they start at the bottom level and attach an identity to the Village, then seek out the same values albeit at higher quality from the 1er and then Grand Cru vineyards. This way the typicity of the village is preserved and the character of the rarefied single vineyard plots can be found in the village wines. Simplistic? Not sure, but even if it works, they have an absurd number of villages to work through and succeed with; and broadly speaking, they do much better than that. You want to know what Beaune tastes like? Try this; but it'll also be one of the best versions you can get - that's what a really good house like Jadot can do.
- Fine Dining
- Hard Cheeses
- Mature Cheeses
- Pinot Noir
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