2016 Domaine Louis Jadot (Andre Gagey) Nuits-St-Georges 1er Cru "Les Boudots" (Previously $110)

SKU #1359937 94 points Wine Enthusiast

 This firm, structured wine hails from a premier cru that borders Vosne-Romanée to the north. Power, richness and mineral tension come from the tannins and the opulent black fruits. This wine will develop slowly and will not be ready to drink before 2025. (RV)  (6/2019)

93 points John Gilman

 The Boudots bottling is always one of the best-kept secrets in the Louis Jadot cellars and the 2016 is another outstanding wine in the making. The bouquet is very red fruity out of the blocks this year, offering up a constellation of red plums, cherries, gamebird, a complex base of soil tones, bonfire and cedar. On the palate the wine is pure, full-bodied and shows off excellent mid-palate depth, with ripe, seamless tannins, bright acids and great backend soil drive on the long, tangy and beautifully balanced finish. A classic Boudots in the making. 2030-2065+.  (4/2018)

93 points James Suckling

 Lots of walnut, spice, stone and dark-berry aromas follow through to a medium to full body, firm and silky tannins and a savory, subtle berry aftertaste. Like the elegant ripeness at the end.  (2/2019)

91-93 points Vinous

 Bright, dark red. Pungent herbal high notes (cannabis?) to the aromas of black cherry and licorice. Penetrating, concentrated, high-pitched wine with a very fine-grained texture and moderate sweetness and fleshiness. Sharply focused but not hard. This youthful, classically styled wine finishes with firm, building, ripe tannins and excellent energy and lift. There's nothing astringent or rustic about this Vosne-side Nuits-Saint-Georges. (ST)  (1/2018)

92 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 The wood treatment stops short of being intrusive though it's not subtle on the overtly spicy mix which combines notes of red and dark cherry, raspberry, earth and a whiff of violet. The seductively textured medium-bodied flavors possess a velvety yet muscular mouth feel that carries over to the solidly powerful and impressively persistent finish. Good stuff in a built-to-age package.  (4/2019)

92 points Wine Spectator

 A taut, linear profile showcases currant, cherry and smoky oak aromas and flavors. Firm yet juicy, building in intensity to the spicy aftertaste. The power here sneaks up on you. Minerally finish. Best from 2022 through 2038. (BS)  (5/2018)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2016 Nuits-Saint-Georges 1er Cru Les Boudots (Domaine Gagey) is showing well from bottle, exhibiting scents of smoky blackberries, red plums, citrus rind and spicy new wood. On the palate, the wine is medium to full-bodied, ample and youthfully chewy, with tangy acids, fine but firm structuring tannins and a grippy finish. The raw materials are impressive, but this is one of the Jadot 2016s that will require some patience. (WK)  (4/2019)

90 points Decanter

 The Boudots is reticent but promising, opening in the glass with notes of red and black fruit, spice, coffee and rich soil tones. On the palate the wine is full-bodied and ample. It's not profoundly concentrated, but is supple and elegant, with a good core of ripe fruit. Drinking window 2022-2040. (WK)  (10/2017)

Jancis Robinson

 Cask sample. Light to mid crimson. Much richer fruit than in the Vaucrains so the harmony is better already. More depth of fruit but lovely freshness. Persistent too. Mouth-watering and moreish. (JH) 17/20  (11/2017)

K&L Notes

93 points Jasper Morris, MW: "Fresh full purple, plenty of robust fruit with some Vosne side class. Very good tension to this, fresh, showing the altitude (this comes from the top of Boudots), which gives the extra tension and certainly persistence." (1/2018)


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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.
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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.
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.
Specific Appellation:

Nuits Saint Georges

- A long, narrow appellation, and the southernmost commune of importance in the Côtes de Nuits. Nuits St. Georges tend to be sturdy, muscular wines, which are tannic in their youth. There are no Grands Cru in the town, but several Premier Cru vineyards. The wines from the north side of the village, towards Vosne-Romanée are distinctly different in character than those from the southern vineyards. The vineyards traditionally among the best are in the South, including Cailles, Vaucrains, St. Georges, and Argillières. These vineyards are on deep brown limestone. The northern vineyards, on the other side of the river Meuzin, have more in common with those of Vosne Romanée. The vineyards are composed of pebbles and limestone, and the wines have more of the finesse and elegance of Vosne, but with the structure of Nuits St. Georges.