The Wine Advocate
Aromas of orange rind, red berries, peony and forest floor introduce the 2017 Chambertin Grand Cru (Maison Louis Jadot), a full-bodied, open-knit and giving wine that's a definite success, but it can't match the depth or profundity of the domaine Clos de Bèze.
Jadot's Frédéric Barnier is pleased with his 2017 portfolio. It's a good white vintage, he says, neither over nor underripe, and in some instances—as is the norm at this address—malolactic fermentation was blocked to retain additional freshness. The reds, he says, have gained immensely with élevage, taking on depth and dimension that they initially seemed to lack after their comparatively precocious malolactic fermentations concluded. Winemaking here is something of a constant: destemmed grapes, wooden fermentation vessels with minimal temperature control and punching down, long cuvaisons and maturation in oak barrels—of which one-third are new, one-third are once-used and one-third are twice-used. Whites are direct pressed, fermented and matured in barrels. The result is a long-lived, muscular style that ages very well indeed, and there is no doubt that this is one of the finest négociant houses—not just in terms of quality, but also in terms of consistency. My notes parse the portfolio, identifying particular high points, but even taken as a whole Barnier and his team have every right to be pleased with a very good 2017 collection in both red and white. Some of Jadot's successful 2016s are also revisited here, with more to come in the near future. Readers will also note that the different domaine sources and maison wines are now more clearly distinguished in the Wine Advocate's database nomenclature.
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