2012 Moulin a Vent Clos du Carquelin, Ch des Jacques Louis Jadot

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Average critic rating : 91.0 points



The 2012 Moulin-a-Vent Clos du Grand Carquelin comes from granite and quartz soils and sees 10 months in new Alliers oak barrel. Here, the wood is quite dominant at the moment, lending it a very seductive sheen, although it needs to express its terroir with more clarity. The palate is medium-bodied with silky smooth tannins and well-judged acidity. There is plenty of velvety black fruit here, almost sumptuous toward the finish that is very well-balanced. Give this Moulin-a-Vent 3 to 4 years in bottle. Drink 2017-2025. ||As well as substantial holdings in the Cote d’Or, Maison Louis Jadot also tend significant holdings south in Beaujolais and most notably have owned the 80 hectares belonging to Chateau des Jacques since 1996. Harvest is done by hand, sorted and completely de-stemmed, Chateau des Jacques being one of the first to introduce this practice. Guillaume del Castelnau manages the winery. The wines are fermented naturally and raised in French oak barrels, including what, for this region, represents quite a generous proportion of new oak. It should be clear that there is a strong Burgundy influence on the wines of Chateau des Jacques. It is a matter of taste whether you see this as a good or bad thing. There is no doubt that the standards are as exacting as they are in Burgundy, yet the case can be put forward that wine has a duty to express its region and not mimic others, even if they might be inherently superior. That is a very tricky question to answer, and yours will depend on what is important to you in a bottle of wine. Personally, I have always found the wines from Chateau des Jacques well-crafted and with a propensity to reward cellaring. On the other hand, if it was myself making the decision, I would just pull back from that generous veneer of new oak to allow the terroir to come through, because even with age, it can render the wines just a little “formulaic.”||Imported by Kobrand, Inc., New York, NY; tel. (212) 490-9300 Wine Advocate.June, 2014

Louis Jadot: The Importance

Maison Louis Jadot is highly commended by Robert Parker, who calls them “probably the best run negociant firm in Burgundy” and writes that “one can be almost certain that a Jadot wine from Burgundy, from whatever part of their enormous spectrum of wines, including those of villages level, will possess clarity of flavour and a site-specific distinction.” Antonio Galloni and Allen Meadows also regularly give top scores to Jadot.


Due to Burgundy's intracacies, Premier Cru and Grand Cru wines from Louis Jadot are no less rare or sought after than their counterparts from smaller growers, meanwhile the quality tends to be much more reliable because of the scale of their operation and their extraordinary range of terroirs and climats combined with expert winemaking and vineyard management.


Louis Jadot: The Insight

Robert Parker says that “it is hard to single out individual stars in the illustrious Jadot nebula, but their long- keeping Pinot Noir from the monopole Beaune Clos des Ursules (part of the Vignes Franches premier cru) is something of a flagship, and the Jadot Musigny and Jadot Chevalier -Montrachet Les Demoiselles frequently represent the summits of Jadot artistry.” This last wine has also wowed Allen Meadows, who calls it “without question a reference standard example of a great Chevalier. The purity, elegance and sheer beauty of this wine is frankly difficult to adequately describe as words just don't seem up to the task.”


Counting Grands Crus alone, Jadot have Chardonnay plantings in Corton Charlemagne, Corton Grèves and Corton Pougets as well as Le Montrachet, Chevalier Montrachet, Bâtard-Montrachet, Bienvenues-Bâtard-Montrachet and Criots-Bâtard-Montrachet making some of the finest white Burgundies on the market. The Grand Cru list of reds is no less impressive, featuring Bonnes-Mares, Chambertin, Chambertin-Clos de Bèze, Charmes-Chambertin, Chapelle-Chambertin, Mazis-Chambertin, Laticières-Chambertin, Griotte-Chambertin, Clos de la Roche, Clos de Vougeot, Clos Saint-Denis, Echezeaux, Grands Echezeaux, Musigny, Richebourg and Romanée-Saint-Vivant.


According to Robert Parker: “there is no Jadot house style, save for rich, well-delineated, structured wines that stand the test of time.” The incredible range of quality wines produced by Jadot in every kind of cru is best understood in the words of the legendary technical director Jacques Lardière: “There are so many great wines made in the less well-known villages, and if people want to find great value and great wines, it is very, very possible if they will look beyond the most famous appellations. All it takes is a little imagination. Look at the hill of Corton for instance- we have Corton Pougets, Corton “Grèves and a Corton rouge that are all fantastic wines – deep, structured and beautiful expressions of their underlying terroir. Or look at a wine like the Savigny-lès-Beaune Clos des Guettes or Pommard “Rugiens – just great wines year in and year out!”


Louis Jadot: The Background

Jacques Lardière retired in December 2012 but then almost immediately got back to work setting up the Résonance in Williamette Valley, Oregon. The current face of the winery Frédéric Barnier worked alongside Lardière for several years before taking over, just as a generation ago Lardière himself apprenticed under the renowned André Gagey.


Skills have been handed down at Jadot since 1826, when the Domaine was established as one of the earliest Burgundy negociants. After the Second World War, the domaine benefitted from investment by American importer Kobrand. This partnership was negotiated by Rudoph C. Kopf, who founded the prestigious wine importing company in 1944 and headquartered its offices in the Empire State Building. Kopf already commanded the respect of the American market, having set up the fine wine department at New York City’s iconic department store Macy’s. Kobrand helped Jadot to continue acquiring prestigious Burgundy domaines, some of which are still referenced on labels today, such as Duc de Magenta, Gagey, Ferret and the recently successful Château des Jacques in Beaujolais.

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