2011 Domaine Louis Jadot (Andre Gagey) Clos-St-Denis Grand Cru (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1126047 92-94 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 There is enough reduction present to render the nose impossible to fairly evaluate. By contrast, there is plenty of vibrancy and freshness to the silky and seductive middle weight flavors that are shaped by notably more fine grained tannins, all wrapped in a wonderfully intense, mouth coating and lengthy finish. This may be a Clos St. Denis of finesse but it doesn't lack for power or seriousness. Drink 2023+.  (4/ 2013)

92-94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Good bright, full red. Knockout deeply pitched aromas and flavors of plum, redcurrant, mocha, spices and earth complicated by a whiff of dried rose. Began atypically plump for young Clos Saint-Denis but gained shape in the glass, showing a restrained sweetness to its red fruit and soil flavors. Finishes expressive, ripe and long, with very suave tannins. This was racked very early, in April, along with the Clos de Beze. Lovely potential  (1/ 2013)

K&L Notes

Burghound notes: "from 90+ year old vines that are worked by horse...I met with Jacques' replacement and new technical director Frédéric Barnier, who describes 2011...'Yields were down significantly, which is to say between 25 and 35% less than a normal crop... As to the wines, they are quite approachable, even tender with round and naturally sweet flavors. There is much less difference between the Côte de Beaune and the Côte de Nuits in 2011 than there was in 2010 and I find the quality in the Côte de Beaune to be excellent. Still, I wouldn't call the style of the 2011 reds to be one for purists as there isn't the same kind of tension that they tend to admire.' As was discussed in great detail in Issue 49, 2011 is a mixed vintage with some terrific wines and some that are much less interesting. With as big a range as Jadot produces, it is not surprising that their results in 2011 would largely mirror that of the vintage." (04/2013)

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Pinot Noir

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