Louis Jadot, Chambolle Musigny
This is a superb wine from one of the most famous villages on earth. With two Grand Crus and 24 Premier Cru sites, it is inconceivable that you'd ever drink wine from Chabolle that was ever 'ordinary'. This wine is intense and dark and suprisingly concentrated for Pinot Noir, but that is the magic of the village; the vines produce smaller and darker than normal Pinot Noir because they are grown in chalky soils with substantial gravel and pebble constituent parts, that give the wine its trademark supple, fine structure.
We're not sure if there is a good civic library, or if it has a theatre, nor what the local schools are like, but when it comes to quality of vineyards, Chambolle Musigny is one of the top villages in the world. The two Grand Crus of Le Musigny and Bonnes Mares have consistently shown some of the most profound expressions of Pinot Noir available and the different 1er Crus each offer different angles of what is essentially a masterclass in how to situate numerous vineyards in the same village. Bordered by Morey-Saint-Denis to the north and both Flagey-Echezeaux and Vougeot to the south, Chambolle is larger than all of them at 153 hectares, yet retains a consistency of quality that is startlingly admirable. Some of the wines are extremely expensive, yet none of them are dull or lifeless. If you want to know what amazing Burgundy is like, look no further.
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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