2006 Nuits St Georges Les Boudots

Louis Jadot

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Average rating 91.25

Here the wood is very generous and borders on being intrusive as it presently dominates the blue and black fruit that introduces rich, full and suave flavors possess a mouth coating texture and finer tannins than usual on the admirably long finish. As noted, this is generously oaked but appears to have the mid-palate density to eventually eat it though I suspect there will always be a textural impact. Benefit of the doubt awarded. Allen Meadows, Burghound Apr01,2008
Jadot's 2006 Nuits-St.-Georges Les Boudots (from 70 year old vines of the Gagey family estate) is site-typical and Vosne-like in its smokiness and sweet spices, with star anise-, soy-, and vanilla-tinged purple plum and dark cherry fruit. The tannins here are refined to the point of silkiness. Resonantly rich and dynamic in finish, this harbors a depth of fruit and of smoky, saline carnal and mineral savor that becomes more evident as it takes on air. I would anticipate its being worth following for 8-10 years, but don't miss out on it in its youth, either! The austere 2005 has to be laid away on faith for some years yet. ||Jacques Lardiere testifies that while there was more widespread rot of Pinot Noir in 2007 than in 2006, the latter was more insidious and challenging as it was less evident on the surface of the berries, and often hidden within the grape clusters. That said, he confirmed the observation of many other growers that sorting out under-ripe berries was at least as formidable a task as removing rot. The results here this year speak to the success of Jadot's rigor, and even from the Cote de Beaune there are many wines in this collection that in their sometimes understated, but also often texturally more refined way have nothing to fear from comparison with the 2005s at a similar state. (At ten years of age, it will no doubt be a different matter.) Lardiere claims that the beneficial effects of biodynamic procedures are being felt now in certain wines from vineyards where he began employing them after being impressed by what he took to be their healing efficacy in the aftermath of 2004 hail. No other vintage, he says, comes to mind that compares with this one for its combination of refinement and complexity with youthful accessibility. When pressed, he hazards some comparison to 2000 and 2001, but adds that the best 2006s are better. That their importer has long owned the controlling interest in Jadot may permit them unusual flexibility in pricing for the American market. What's certain is that the suggested retails publicized for their 2006s - most, slightly beneath those of the 2005 vintage - look remarkably low when compared with those reached in the last several years by other top Burgundy producers. A Jadot grand- or premier cru bottling is often priced like other growers' respective premier crus and village wines, rendering this enormous operation a source not only of continued consistently high quality and frequent distinction, but also of rare good value in red Burgundy. (There are several different domaine distinctions for Jadot wines, and of course some - albeit a diminishing number - are based on or incorporate contract fruit or purchased juice. But since the labels all display an easily recognized common Jadot identity, and since Jadot often exercises tight control over or enjoys very long-standing contracts on fruit that informs their negociant business, I have not noted these distinctions as part of each wine's description, but only occasionally - if deemed especially relevant - in the text of my tasting note.) Wine Advocate.December, 2009

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