2013 Domaine Louis Jadot (Heritiers) Beaune 1er Cru "Clos des Ursules"

SKU #1239395 95 points Wine Enthusiast

 This Beaune bottling has a dense structure that broods through its tannic outer skin. Perfumed red fruits will shortly burst out to give an opulent, rich wine with both great acidity and layers of spice that finish with freshness. Drink from 2021. (RV)  (12/2015)

94 points James Suckling

 Real purity of fruit in this with bark, dried strawberry and dried lemon peel. Full-bodied, chewy and powerful. A wonderful wine for the vintage. Structured and enticing. Needs five to six years to soften.  (6/2015)

90-92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2013 Beaune 1er Cru Clos des Ursules has the most mineral-driven bouquet of Jadot's six Beaune premier crus, with impressive delineation and terroir expression. The palate is medium-bodied with crisp, chalky tannins and a silver thread of acidity interwoven through the dark cherry, iodine, cassis and red currant notes. The finish is structured and exerts a gentle grip, but the persistence is tangible, suggesting that this Clos des Ursules has a long future ahead. (NM)  (12/2014)

87-90 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 Once more there is an abundance of menthol character to the otherwise very pretty nose that combines notes of red currant, raspberry and cherry with soft earth and floral hints. The vibrant, delineated and intense medium-bodied flavors also possess solid mid-palate concentration before culminating in a lingering and complex finish where there is notably better (if not perfect) balance.  (4/2015)

88-90 points Vinous

 Medium red with a palish rim. Pure but reticent aromas of cherry, redcurrant, plum and licorice. Juicy but tight and a bit dry, displaying good density to its red fruit and underbrush flavors. Nicely concentrated wine with a saline, slowly building finish. The wine's serious tannins will require patience. (ST)  (1/2015)

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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.