2011 Domaine Louis Jadot Le Montrachet Grand Cru (Pre-Arrival)
Allen Meadows - Burghound
(from both Chassagne and Puligny fruit). Here the nose is notably more reserved with aromas of citrus zest, spice, wood toast, fennel and spice hints. This is also a very imposingly-scaled wine with its big, muscular and wonderfully complex flavors that culminate in a long, focused and explosive finish of breathtaking length and intensity. This overtly powerful effort should reward at least a decade in the cellar and drink well for another. A ‘wow’ wine.
The 2011 Montrachet is all about power, at least today. Huge beams of minerality run through the fruit, adding support, precision and nuance, but the 2011 remains a huge, large-scaled wine in need of serious time to be fully appreciated. Pure, graphite-infused notes add energy to the finish. Jadot's Montrachet is 100% Chassagne fruit, but it has a level of elegance that is more reminiscent of Puligny, at least today.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Pale lemon-yellow color. Deep but extremely reticent nose hints at musky iodine and smoky oak. Much more tightly coiled today than the Chevalier-Montrachet and not at all exotic, hinting at juicy ripe pear and peach fruit and steely minerality. The slowly building finish displays outstanding verve and a strong spine for aging.