Louis Jadot Beaune Premier Cru Clos des Ursules 2017


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“The 2017 Beaune 1er Cru Clos des Ursules (Domaine des Héritiers Jadot) is the high point of Jadot’s Beaune portfolio, offering up an incipiently complex bouquet of raspberries, plums, candied peel, licorice, grilled meats and warm spices. On the palate, the wine is medium to full-bodied, deep and layered, with an ample core of fruit that’s structured around a youthfully firm chassis of chalky tannin, concluding with a long finish. This should age very gracefully. 91-93 points

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.

William Kelley, Wine Advocate (01/19)

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