In a nutshell: A rich and minerally white Burgundy from the Côte de Beaune village of Santenay.
The lowdown: Located at the southern tip of the Côte de Beaune Santenay is pretty much the last appellation before you enter the Chalonnaise and has sat, relatively, under the radar compared to some of its more famous neighbours (think Chassagne-Montrachet) and so still offers some rather good wines at competitive prices. This is an excellent rich and rounded Chardonnay from one of the top producers in the appellation, Domaine Prieur-Brunet, and although bought be Louis Jadot a few years ago they have sensibly left the Prieur-Brunet winery and team alone to continue making their super wines! From the very good 2018 vintage the grapes come from a handful of selected plots before being fermented and then aged in oak barrels for 12 months. In the glass aromas of ripe lemon, peach and stone fruits with touches of honey and cream. The palate is broad and mouthfilling with the classic, quality ripe orchard, stone and citrus fruit flavours and oaky notes with touches of spice balanced by a fresh, clean, minerality and acidity leading onto a long length. Very well made wine. Pretty much all you could want from a white Burgundy.
When to drink: Versatile wine, works well with a range of seafood, poultry, white meat and cream sauce based dishes. Also try with mushroom stroganoff and hard cheeses.
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.