2012 Louis Jadot Beaune 1er Cru "153rd" Anniversary Cuvee" (Elsewhere $60)

SKU #1237047 92-94 points Vinous

 Building off the considerable success of their 2009 Beaune 150th Anniversary 1er Cru, Jadot has decided to make the wine again in top years. One of the highlights in this range, the 2012 boasts stunning power, depth and harmony. The lifted aromatics recall the Ursules, but here the fruit possesses more volume and creaminess. An explosive, layered finish rounds things out in style. Some of the parcels in the blend are Avaux, Cent Vignes, Pertuisots, Vignes Franches, Perrières, Toussaints and Chouacheux.  (1/2014)

92 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 blend of 17 different owned 1ers plus another 4 that were bought in; this was given 27 months of élevage before bottling). A subtle touch of wood sets off ripe and relatively elegant notes of earth, dark cherry and spice. The mid-palate is dense, serious and powerful with plenty of mouth coating sap that helps to buffer the very firm tannic spine on the moderately austere, backward and built-to-age finale. While this is presently backward it should be approachable after 6 to 8 years of bottle age though note that it should live for a very long time. For readers having a child or grandchild in 2012 this would be a good choice to buy in quantity at a price that won’t break the bank.  (4/2015)

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By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/26/2016 | Send Email
Jadot’s 153rd Anniversary bottling is a very intriguing bottle of wine. On a primary level it’s a delicious, accessible, polished and expertly crafted bottle of Pinot Noir. If that’s enough to convince you this is the bottle for you read no further! However, I think it’s much more than just that. What it really represents is a true homage to Jadot’s roots (both literally and metaphorically). This bottling is a celebration of Jadot’s home – the village of Beaune. The wine includes fruit from the very first vineyard the Jadot family purchased in 1829 – Clos Des Ursules. It also includes parcels of fruit from the other 18 Premier Cru sites that Jadot works with in this commune. The precisely parcellated, demarcated, hierarchical vineyard classification of Burgundy has become the dominant winemaking model around the globe. This philosophy, grounded in the Cistercian’s keen eye (and palate) for distinct terroirs, has formed the basis for codification of specific geographical origins thought the wine world. Beyond the legal codifications, the “single vineyard” or “single block” wine has become the most sought after concept in almost every market across the globe. Almost every winery you can think of starts their offering with a broader blend of fruit sources for their most commercial bottling, then regionally specific, then single vineyard…then the ultra premium release…the single block. What Jadot have done with this release is flip the whole paradigm on its head…instead of celebrating their 153rd year by selecting one vineyard to shine above all others they chose to celebrate the diversity of terroirs within their home town. They selected barrels from different sites that could be blended together to create a final wine that is greater than the sum of its parts. This wine encapsulates the varied limestone, marls and clay soils…the steep and flat aspects, an untold number of Pinot Noir clones and vines of varying age. Its beauty is not in its specificity but in its broad panoramic view of this special place.

By: Gary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/25/2016 | Send Email
There is no place in the world that values specificity of site like Burgundy, and it is rare to see a blend of 1er Cru sites like this. Jadot has created a cuvee that is greater than the some of its parts for their 153rd anniversary, and this is without a doubt the best value in fine red wine for your cellar that we have at K&L today. If you love finesse, delicacy and balance in your Pinot Noir, this wine will give you great pleasure right now. If you are willing to wait, this wine will doubtless gain power, breadth and texture over the next couple of decades and turn into a real "blood making" Beaune. I am putting buying a case for myself, I recommend that you do too.
Top Value! Drink from 2016 to 2037

By: Scott Beckerley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/25/2016 | Send Email
I just tasted this lovely Burgundy, and what a value it is! It has a lovely nose of rose petals, dark red fruits and just a hint of earth. Very structured on the palate with nice, structured acidity, cherry fruit with a hint of cranberry and spice. Very accessible, but will also age very well. Dense and spicy. Affordable Burgundy is not an oxymoron any longer!
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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.
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France

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Burgundy

- 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.