2010 Domaine Louis Jadot (Heritiers) Beaune 1er Cru "Clos des Ursules" (Pre-Arrival)
Allen Meadows - Burghound
*Sweet Spot Outstanding* Though the wood is hardly subtle it's more completely integrated than in these other Beaune 1ers. The wonderfully airy and layered nose offers up aromas of earth, wild cherry, raspberry and a hint of stone. There is excellent volume to the solidly well-concentrated medium weight flavors that are at once suave but detailed, all wrapped in a tension-filled, dusty, austere and mouth coating finish of impeccable balance. A classic Clos des Ursules that should reward well 12 to 15 years of cellaring.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2010 Beaune Clos des Ursules is dark, rich and gorgeous. Black cherries, plums and spices take shape beautifully in the glass, while the wine’s structure appears later. The balance of fruit, structure and acidity is so seamless that nothing really stands out here. The Ursules needs a few years in bottle to come together, but it is shaping up to be a gem. The Clos des Ursules shut down fairly quickly in the glass, suggesting it may be a number of years before the wine becomes truly expressive. Anticipated maturity: 2018-2028.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Good bright, full red. Complex aromas of redcurrant, chocolate, coffee, licorice and menthol. Sweet, dense and concentrated; less fruity and more soil-driven than the Boucherottes, with noteworthy depth. Plenty of tannic structure here but not yet expressive. The tannins are suave but this wine will need some time in bottle.
Jadot's Beaune Clos des Ursules (from Heritiers Louis Jadot) is the firm's flagship Côte de Beaune and in 2009 and 2005 represented fabulous value. Planted in 1954 and 1972, this is a big mouthful of Pinot Noir, sumptuous, yet backed by a firm, vibrant structure, with extra layers of cherry, green olive, burning vine cuttings and very special old-vine character