In a nutshell: A limited parcel of a mature Côte de Nuits village red Burgundy from Maison Louis Jadot.
The lowdown: From the most northly of the Côte de Nuits appellations, Marsannay, near the city of Dijon this classic wine sits under the Louis Jadot umbrella but is from vineyards owned by Domaine Gagey whose family have managed the Jadot business for several decades now. The wine comes from the best vineyard in Marsannay, the south-east facing Clos du Roy, tipped to soon become Marsannay's first Premier Cru vineyard and the 2011 vintage that produced fresh, focused, classical style wines.
This is a lighter, fresher, minerally style of red Burgundy with mature and developed notes. Aromas of wild blackberries, dried prunes and blackcurrant with dry herby and forest floor notes. The palate is light with a minerally backbone and subtle developed red and dark fruit notes, touches of dry earthy herbs and spice, and mellow tannins. A old school wine that is worth decanting and will open up and evolve over an evening.
When to drink: A great opportunity to buy a mature Côte de Nuits village Burgundy that is ready for drinking now. Decant for 1-2 hours beforehand.
One of the major negociant houses in Burgundy founded in 1859 by the eponymous Louis Jadot and based in Beaune where their striking, purpose built winery can be found..
While their négociant operations form a major part of what they do they also have significant vineyard holdings of their own stretching through the Cote d'Or to the Maconnais and Beaujolais regions. They also manage additional vineyards in the Côte Chalonnaise.
In recent years their success has in no small part been due to the management of André Gagey and winemaker Jacques Lardière. The wines made from both from bought in and their own grapes have a solid reputation. Their Côte de Beaune reds and whites in particular are among their stand out wines. Following the retirement of Jacques Lardière in 2013 his assistant Frédéric Barnier has taken over the reins and continues to build on the foundations laid by his predecessor.