2015 Louis Jadot (Heritiers) Beaune 1er Cru "Clos des Ursules"

SKU #1335763 95 points Wine Enthusiast

 This small vineyard forms part of the Jadot estate. Its rich tannins and blackcherry fruits are sumptuous and already delicious. However there is much more to this structured, tannic and dense wine that will give it a great future. It is broad, rich and likely to be ready to drink from 2024. (RV)  (12/2017)

91-94 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 (from Vignes Franches). While aromatically similar to the Boucherottes this is even denser, in fact this is almost unctuously rich with seemingly buckets of sappy and palate coating dry extract which is just as well given how firm and powerful the supporting tannic spine is. This isn’t necessarily better than usual though it is bigger and more powerful than is typical. Note that here too that plenty of patience will be required. (91-94)/2030+  (4/2017)

94 points Decanter

 The Clos des Ursules, an enclave within the premier cru Vignes Franches, is the most elegant of Jadot's Beaune premier crus in 2015. Notes of red and black cherries, woodsmoke, subtle espresso and cocoa introduce a refined and three-dimensional palate with lovely length and fine tannins enrobed in bright, sappy fruit. A beautifully complete wine which will blossom in bottle. Drinking Window 2018 - 2050  (2/2017)

90-92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2015 Beaune 1er Cru Clos des Ursules is fuller and more voluminous on the nose compared to Jadot's other Beaune Premier Crus, equipped with layers of red cherry, crushed strawberry and rose petal aromas. The palate is medium-bodied with sorbet-like freshness on the entry, veins of Satsuma pith and cranberry on the mid-palate, leading to a well-knitted and quite structured finish. There's class here and it may merit a higher score with a few years of ageing. The wines under the "Héritiers des Louis Jadot" represent crus whereby the vines have historically belonged to the Jadot family. See also Maison Louis Jadot, Domaine Gagey etc.  (12/2016)

90-92 points Vinous

 Medium red. Pure but subdued aromas of medicinal cherry and smoky, spicy oak. The richest and broadest of these Beaune wines but reticent today and in need of more élevage to gain in precision. This very backward wine finishes with ripe, building tannins. Barnier noted that he probably won't bottle the "serious" 2015s until May.  (1/2017)

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