Daily Wine 10/18/17:
Louis Jadot – Bonnes Mares – Grand Cru – Chambolle-Musigny – 2014
- This wine is 100% Pinot Noir from the Grand Cru vineyard of Bonnes Mares in the Côte de Nuits of Burgundy.
- Bonnes Mares extends over the borders of two appellations: Morey-St. Denis and Chambolle-Musigny. This wine comes entirely from the Chambolle-Musigny portion.
- The wine is fermented in vats for 3-4 weeks and aged 18-20 months in oak barrels before bottling.
- Only about 4 barrels were produced of this wine.
- Bonnes Mares is a larger Grand Cru and contains a few different soils and elevations throughout. Louis Jadot’s plot has a high calcium content and sits on terres blanches soils that have a higher amount of limestone versus terres rouges soils that have more clay marl is other parts of the vineyard.
- Chambolle-Musigny lies just north of Vougeot and south of Morey Saint Denis on two steep slopes that channel cooler air onto the grapes, similar to the landscape of Volnay.
- Chambolle-Musigny is prized for its ability to produce wines with elegance, florality, and delicacy. It is almost the other side of the spectrum for Burgundy Pinot Noir in comparison to Gevrey-Chambertin.
- Maison Louis Jadot controls over 225 hectares of vineyards in Burgundy, of which 119 hectares lie in the Côte d’Or. Many different vineyards are represented, each expressing the terroir. Less than a hectare is owned in Bonnes Mares.
- The Maison was founded in 1859 by Louis Henry Denis Jadot, but they have owned vineyards in Burgundy since 1826.
- Maison Louis Jadot started as just a négociant. A négociant is a type of producer that has one central winery that either collects and buys grapes from other growers and makes the wine or buys finished wines from growers without the stature to label and market and then bottles it under Louis Jadot. In 1900, Louis Jean Baptiste took over and expanded operations by buying numerous vineyards and controlling the entire process from managing the vineyards to making the wine and aging it.
- Louis Jadot is one of the more identifiable Burgundian producers, making wines at all price points.
- Pair this with duck.