2015 Louis Jadot Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru "Les Amoureuses" (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1300108 92-95 points Vinous

 (vinified with 50% whole clusters; the Fuées and Baudes were completely destemmed; 50% new oak): Alluring high-pitched perfume of red raspberry, peony and blood orange, with complicating oak spices. Densely packed and juicy, with a strong element of spicy oak currently keeping the primary fruit flavors in check. Boasts superb concentration and saline depth even if it's quite backward today. Finishes with a note of licorice and substantial tannins that reach the front teeth. Offers outstanding potential but this Amoureuses will be difficult to drink in its youth. (ST)  (1/2017)

92-94 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 from a small .12 ha parcel). While the fruit profile is similar to that of the Fuées, the spice and floral nuances are more prominent. The rich and almost surprisingly full-bodied flavors possess outstanding volume along with ample minerality on the impressively long and refined finish. As pretty and classy as this is, it’s not necessarily any more complex or persistent than the Fuées though that of course may change with time. (92-94)/2027+  (4/2017)

94 points Decanter

 Very restrained nose of red fruits and mint, with an oaky character. Much more closed than expected. Svelte attack on the very concentrated palate, with fine-grained tannins. It is not very expressive now, but has energy, drive and ample structure. Clearly needs time, as usual, to show its true colours, but all the components seem in place. Drinking Window 2020 - 2035  (2/2017)

92-94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2015 Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru Les Amoureuses has a detailed bouquet, complex as you would expect from such a propitious vineyard, touches of chalk and granite infusing the red and black fruit, beautifully focused and gaining intensity all the time in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin, tensile and focused, full of energy with a structured, more masculine finish than I was anticipating. Therefore, it will need several years in bottle but should turn out to be a long-term contender. Expect it to land at the top of my banded score post-bottling. 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". (NM)  (12/2016)

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- 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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- 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.
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Chambolle Musigny

- A charming village in the Côte de Nuits, north of Clos Vougeot. Mostly red (and very little white) wine from limestone-dominated soil makes the communes' wine silky, with finesse rather than density. The wines are known for their aromatic purity and elegance. The Grands Crus are Musigny and Bonnes Mares.