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

SKU #1237047 92 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 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. *Outstanding*  (4/2015)

92 points Vinous

 Jadot’s 2012 Beaune 1er Cru Celebration is aromatically quite expressive, with lovely bright, floral notes that play off a core of red berry and stone fruits. The gracious, almost feminine, bouquet is alluring and suggests a wine that is quite open, but the palate sensation is completely different. Tiny yields and high skin to juice ratios yielded red Burgundies with huge tannic clout that obscures the fruit, which is exactly how the wine comes across in tasting. It will be interesting to see if the 2012 softens over time, or if it gains volume with aging. Today, it is decidedly on the austere side of things. (AG)  (3/2018)

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Staff Image By: James Bradshaw | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/31/2018 | Send Email
What do you get when you combine the best fruit from the best sites in Beaune with an exceptional vintage and a top-tier producer? Answer: the 2012 Louis Jadot Beaune 1er Cru "153rd Anniversary Cuvee." This wine has everything going for it and all it takes is one sip to realize that it every bit lives up to its pedigree. When I think of a classic red Burgundy, this is precisely what comes to mind. Tart (but not too tart) cherry combines with accents of cigar box, subtle Asian spice, and a light dusting, of, well, dust. The delivery is smooth and supple with fine-grained tannins making a late appearance. I wouldn't blink if you told me this bottle cost $80, making its sub-$50 price all the more remarkable. I'm loving this 2012 at this stage in the game, but am more than a little curious to see where things go five, ten, fifteen years down the line. With all other things being equal, this very special Beaune bottling is all but destined to evolve into one of the top wines of the 2012 vintage (which is why I have a magnum resting in my cellar). The 153rd has been a resounding success here at K&L and is a wine you won't want to miss.

Staff Image By: Alex Pross | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/31/2018 | Send Email
A blend of multiple 1er Cru Beaune vineyards the 2012 153rd Anniversary Cuvee is greater than the sum of its parts. The nose begins with a beautiful array of crunchy red fruits, spice, dried herbs and a touch of flint. The palate is alive with cranberry, cherry and lively raspberry fruit flavors that virtually jump out of the glass. Good acidity and firm tannins make this a wine that is drinking wonderfully right now!
Top Value! Drink from 2018 to 2028

Staff Image By: Ryan Moses | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/31/2018 | Send Email
Jadot's 153rd is the best selling Red Burgundy at K&L by a mile, and it is easy to see why. What other Burg is this good, this acclaimed, and this reasonably priced? Only made in the best vintages, the 2012 is stunning now at age six. Enticing floral aromas mix with bright red cherries on the nose. Bright and fresh on the palate, it has fine grained tannins, echoes of the red fruit come back around to combine with strawberry and currant, finishing with a touch of spice and an impressive lengthy finish. It is graceful but still has a ton of mid-palate weight and structure. Great now with a short decant, the best days are still ahead of this remarkable Burgundy value. Drink now through 2030.

Staff Image By: Heather Vander Wall | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/9/2018 | Send Email
Burgundy, of course, is often sited as the origin of the "single vineyard" concept. In many other regions, producers will blend fruit from various sites to achieve a certain style. It is rarely done in Burgundy, except for lesser "rouge" wines. But here we have an exception--Louis Jadot blends fruit from various 1er cru vineyards in Beaune to accomplish something greater than the sum of its parts. With six years aging, this wine is just starting to come into its own--elegant, beautifully balanced, and layered with complexity. One of the best deals for red Burgundy currently on the shelf!

Staff Image 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.

Staff Image 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

Staff Image 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!
Top Value!

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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.


- 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.