The prestigious Burgundy house Maison Louis Jadot has announced a September national launch of the 2009 Louis Jadot Beaune 1er Cru, a wine created specially to commemorate the renowned winery’s 150th Anniversary. A limited production cuvée, the 2009 Louis Jadot Beaune 1er Cru (SRP $49.99) is a blend of Louis Jadot’s best vineyard parcels within the Beaune appellation. The grape selection was made to illustrate the great quality, depth and structure of the 2009 vintage. Made with traditional winemaking methods, the wine was aged in oak barrels for 18 months.
Burgundy experts like Clive Coates and Allen Meadows have noted that, in Burgundy, the integrity of the producer is as important as the name of a famous appellation or vineyard. Over the years, Maison Louis Jadot has remained one of the most trusted and revered sources of fine Burgundy. Highly respected winemaker Jacques Lardière and his team balance winemaking tradition with technology to allow the 2009 Louis Jadot Beaune 1er Cru to capture the beauty of Burgundy’s Côte de Beaune. Lardière explains, “2009 was a grand vintage of quality and the year of our 150th anniversary. To celebrate both occasions, we have assembled grapes from Beaune’s 17 Premiers Crus and present a cuvée that is a fond memory of wine, of Burgundy and of Jadot.”
The Wine Advocate’s Antonio Galloni has offered effusive praise and a remarkable 94 pt. rating for this wine:
“The 2009 Beaune 150th Anniversary Cuvee is a commemorative wine created to celebrate Jadot’s 150th birthday. The 150th Anniversary Cuvee is a selection of the maison’s best parcels in the Cote de Beaune. It boasts extraordinary richness and length, not to mention fabulous overall balance. Seemingly endless layers of intensely fragrant dark red fruit build to the effortless, huge finish. This is a fabulous showing from Jadot. It is just as impressive from bottle as it was from barrel. I think it is safe to say Jadot hit it out the park with this effort. Readers will be tempted to drink the 2009 early, so immense is its appeal, but opening a bottle before its tenth birthday is likely to be nothing more than an academic exercise. Anticipated maturity: 2019-2039.”
-The Wine Advocate, April 2012