2012 Domaine Louis Jadot Chambertin-Clos de Bèze Grand Cru

SKU #1183478 95-97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2012 Chambertin Clos-de-Beze Grand Cru, which like the Chapelle-Chambertin is domaine-owned, has a more voluminous, multi-faceted bouquet with engaging incense and mineral notes infusing the beautifully defined black fruits. The palate is very well balanced on the entry with more tension and nervosite than the Chambertin, building effortlessly towards a quite regal, sophisticated finish whose mineralite lingers long in the mouth. Outstanding. (NM)  (12/2013)

94-96 points Vinous

 The 2012 Chambertin Clos de Bèze Grand Cru is a great example of this site. Blue/purple fruit, smoke, licorice, menthol and violets jump from the glass. The aromas and flavors are remarkably vivid in the glass. I am particularly attracted to the combination of intensity and finesse here, something that isn't always easy to achieve in such a big, imposing wine. (AG)  (1/2014)

95 points Wine Spectator

 Taut and linear, with cherry, strawberry, smoke, tobacco, graphite, iron, vanilla and clove flavors. This is unyielding at this point, despite the complexity, with a steely structure and a lingering tobacco finish. The terrific length indicates the ultimate potential of this bottling. Best from 2018 through 2033.  (4/2015)

94 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 Here the lightly wooded nose is notably spicy if brooding with mostly dark berry fruit and earth scents holding the upper hand for the moment. There is a sophisticated mouth feel to the velvety and extract rich big-bodied flavors that coat the mouth with exceptionally firm but phenolically mature tannins on the explosively long, complex and impeccably well-balanced finish. Note that this has already begun to shut down and while the future is indisputably bright it's clear that this is going to require a very long snooze in a cool cellar. I would also observe that while this seems quite forward, as it sits in the glass the tannins become ever more apparent and patience will be an absolute necessity.  (4/2015)

94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Medium red. Lovely spicy lift to the aromas of dark berries, coffee, mocha, medicinal herbs and black tea. Very tightly wound but light on its feet, with its tangy, sharply delineated dark berry and mineral flavors currently overshadowed by sexy spice and incense elements. This very young wine's inherent sweetness shines through its almost painful tannins on the very long, refined finish. Not quite as perfumed as it was last year from barrel, but then this wine is a baby today. 94+ (ST)  (3/2015)

Jancis Robinson

 Very subtle and solid with a wonderful combination of sweetness and structure. Long and nervy. Transparent. Throbs on the palate. This is what burgundy is all about. Excitement. Sweetness without being sickly. Simply gorgeous! (19/20 points)  (11/2013)

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Pinot Noir

- One of France's most legendary grapes and the grape that earned Burgundy its reputation. The parent of varietals like Pinot Gris/Grigio and Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir is blue to violet to indigo in color with relatively thin skins, and it is said to have been cultivated in France for more than 2,000 years. At its best, Pinot Noir creates elegant wines that are filled with primary red fruit aromas and flavors while young, revealing with an array of secondary characteristics like earth, smoke, violet, truffle and game with age. The varietal is also known, perhaps better than any, for its ability to translate terroir, or a sense of place. While the best Pinot Noir still comes from Burgundy, it is being produced with increasing success in cooler climates around the world. In France, it is part of the trifecta of grapes that can go into Champagne, and it is also grown in Alsace, Irancy, Jura, Savoie, Lorraine and Sancerre. Outside of France it is produced under the names Pinot Nero and Blauburgunder in Italy's mountainous regions, as Spätburgunder in Germany and as Blauburgunder in Austria. In the US, Pinot Noir has found suitable growing conditions in the cooler parts of California, including Carneros, the Russian River Valley, the Anderson Valley, the Sonoma Coast, Monterey County, the Santa Lucia Highlands and Santa Barbara County, as well as in Oregon's Willamette Valley. In recent years, New Zealand has demonstrated its ability to interpret this hard-to-grow varietal, with successful bottlings coming from careful and attentive growers in Central Otago, Martinborough and Canterbury. Chile is also an up-and-coming region for Pinot Noir, creating fresh, fruit-forward, early-drinking and affordable Pinots from the coastal Casablanca Valley and the Limari Valley.


- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them. Click for a list of bestselling items from all of France.


- The province of eastern France, famous for its red wines produced from Pinot Noir and its whites produced from Chardonnay. (Small of amounts of Gamay and Aligoté are still grown, although these have to be labeled differently.) The most famous part of the region is known as the Côte d'Or (the Golden Slope). It is divided into the Côte de Beaune, south of the town of Beaune (famous principally for its whites), and the Côte de Nuits, North of Beaune (home of the most famous reds). In addition, the Côte Chalonnaise and the Mâconnais are important wine growing regions, although historically a clear level (or more) below the Côte d'Or. Also include by some are the regions of Chablis and Auxerrois, farther north. View our bestselling Burgundy.
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Gevrey Chambertin

- For many wine aficionados, Gevrey Chambertin is the northernmost end of the true Côte d'Or. The largest of all of the communes, it has 9 Grands Crus (Chambertin, Chambertin Clos de Bèze, Chapelle Chambertin, Charmes Chambertin, Griotte Chambertin, Latricieres Chambertin, Mazy Chambertin, Mazoyeres Chambertin and Ruchottes Chambertin). The best Premier Cru wines come form the vineyards nestled along a hill to the west of the village. The Grands Crus are planted in compacted limestone, while the soils in the rest of the village vary as to their clay content. If we are to characterize broadly, the wines are powerful, muscular and need time in the bottle to develop.