2015 Louis Jadot Clos Vougeot Grand Cru

SKU #1335749 96 points Wine Enthusiast

 This wine is all tannins at this stage, smothering the black fruits. That will change as it matures, revealing dense blackberries and plums as well as keeping its tannins as a base for the exuberant fruitiness. The wine comes from a blend of different parcels that together make up just over four acres of this vineyard owned by Louis Jadot. Drink this wine from 2025. (RV)  (12/2017)

95 points Wine Spectator

 Monolithic today, this seems one-dimensional, displaying elements of ripe strawberry and raspberry fruit, with rose, mineral and spice flavors. Firmly structured and well-proportioned, with a solid grip on the finish. Be patient. Best from 2023 through 2045.  (1/2018)

94 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 A reserved and borderline grumpy nose only grudgingly reveals its aromas of notably ripe dark berries, warm earth and discreet wood nuances. There is excellent richness and concentration to the full-bodied and succulent flavors that brim with dry extract while delivering excellent length on the balanced and less youthfully austere finish than usual. With those accolades duly noted, this isn’t especially complex today but the underlying material is sufficiently promising that my rating offers the benefit of the doubt that more depth will almost certainly develop over time.  (4/2018)

94 points Decanter

 This is a glorious vintage, so one expects a lot from a grand cru in 2015. This doesn't disappoint. The perfumed nose displays sweet, ripe, raspberry-coulis aromas; it's intense without being jammy, and some oak is in evidence. There's a fine attack, lean and oaky, very concentrated and backed by tannin and by excellent acidity that gives tension and piquancy. There's no over-ripeness, and the finish is long and focussed, with tannic grip. This is for the long haul. Drinking Window 2021 - 2040  (11/2017)

92-94 points Vinous

 Healthy dark red. Ripe aromas of black cherry, licorice, mocha and espresso. Highly concentrated but backward, conveying terrific intensity to its flavors of black cherry, wild herbs and salty minerality. As youthfully imploded as this wine is, it can't hide its thickness of texture. Jadot's vines in the lower part of the Clos along the Route Nationale benefited from the sweetness and roundness of the 2015 vintage, noted Barnier, but this wine does not convey a high-pH or late-picked impression (it was harvested on September 10). Finishes tactile, ripely tannic and long. Stuffed with fruit but does it have ultimate class?  (1/2017)

91-93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2015 Clos Vougeot Grand Cru has an expressive nose with red cherry, cranberry and strawberry fruit, a feminine bouquet with neatly integrated new oak. The palate is medium-bodied with crisp acidity, quite tensile in the mouth with a slightly pinched, compact finish that should broaden out once it has completed its élevage. This is a respectable grand cru, even if I would not hold it up as one of Jadot's top-tier 2015s. These tasting notes belong under the umbrella of "Louis Jadot", though it should be pointed out that these bottlings are under "Domaine Louis Jadot", that is to say that the company owns the vines rather than through contracts with growers. See also "Maison Louis Jadot", "Domaine Gagey" and "Domaine des Héritiers Jadot".  (12/2016)

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Varietal:

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.
Country:

France

- 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.
Sub-Region:

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.
Specific Appellation:

Vougeot

- The most famous piece of Vougeot is the Clos de Vougeot. This vineyard is the largest of the Grands Crus, over 125 acres, with more than 80 different owners. Originally, the wine of the Clos was assembled from different portions of the vineyard to make a masterful blend, which justified its Grand Cru status. Today, a grower who owns a plot right next to the road, in the clay-heavy soil there, has as much right to call his wine 'Grand Cru' as one from the upper 'Musigny' section, adjacent to Les Musigny, with wonderful stony soil, or that adjacent to Echezeaux. Buy your Clos Vougeot from a trusted wine merchant!
Alcohol Content (%): 13.5