2012 Louis Jadot Beaune 1er Cru Anniversary Cuvee 1.5 L

Year: 2012
Appellation: Cote de Beaune
Country: France
Wine Advocate: 88-90
Vinous Media: 92-94
Burghound: 89-92
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 13.2%
Price :
$109.95

"The 2012 Beaune 1er Cru was inaugurated to celebrate the 150th anniversary and it comes from vineyards from various contracted growers, the multifarious vineyards printed on the label. It has only been made in 2009 and 2012 (incidentally, there will be no 2013.) It is mainly produced in magnum and larger formats, although there are a minority of bottles being produced. There will be around 200 barrels in 2012. It has an agreeable, lighter bouquet than I imagined, well-defined with dark berry and plum fruit. The palate is rounded and generous on the entry with bold, quite assertive tannins but plenty of lush red, citrus-tinged fruit to back it up, and a satisfying saline aftertaste. As I mentioned to Frederic Barnier, I enjoyed this wine, but having tasted through the various lieux-dits beforehand, I could not help yearning for that intellectual exercise for discerning a place. " (WA)

"Building off the considerable success of their 2009 Beaune 150th Anniversary 1er Cru, Jadot has decided to make the wine again in top years. One of the highlights in this range, the 2012 boasts stunning power, depth and harmony. The lifted aromatics recall the Ursules, but here the fruit possesses more volume and creaminess. An explosive, layered finish rounds things out in style. Some of the parcels in the blend are Avaux, Cent Vignes, Pertuisots, Vignes Franches, Perrières, Toussaints and Chouacheux." (VM)

"There is the same hint of pine cone that is present on the Pommard along with more typical notes of earth, dark cherry and spice. The mid-palate is markedly supple with a fleshy and pliant texture as the middle weight flavors are shaped by well-integrated tannins that contribute to a sense of harmony on the attractively complex and lingering finale. This is more forward than most of these Beaune 1ers and should be a good candidate to enjoy young if desired." (BH)

Let’s get this out of the way early. Burgundy is overpriced. Forget Napa, Bordeaux or any other of the top winemaking regions. Burgundy is where the world’s most expensive wine is made. To make matters worse, the region’s marginal climate makes for some bad vintages and bad wines.

Ferarri’s are overpriced too. They are fussy and hard to keep running, but much like the wines of Burgundy, when they are performing, they are brilliant.

That brings us to the wine at hand. Louis Jadot’s 2012 Beaune 150th Anniversary 1er Cru. Unlike the “reserve” moniker here in the U.S., “Premier (1er) Cru” actually means something in France. It’s a designation given to only the best vineyards in the best regions. Jadot only makes this wine in the best vintages and if the 92-94 point score from Galloni is any indication, this is a major value in a region where top scoring wines trade for triple digits (minimum).

I’ve purchased it, but won’t be cracking one for at least 5 years – maybe more.

Buy Here: Louis Jadot 2012 Beaune 150th Anniversary 1er Cru $49.95

(Nickel & Dime)

Winery Notes:
The strength of the Beaune appellation is grounded in its 337 hectares of premier cru vineyards, which offer great stylistic diversity. Founded in Beaune in 1859, Maison Louis Jadot has always focused on the terroirs of these premiers crus, emphasizing their huge potential. With the release of the 2012 vintage (a year of small yields and extremely high quality), we would like to offer you our Celebration of Beaune's premiers crus. This blend is based on a number of different climats, whose names are featured on the front label: Le Clos Des Ursules, Les Boucherottes, Les Pertuisots, Les Theurons, Les Avaux, Les Aigrots, Les Cents Vignes, Les Greves, Les Perrieres, Aux Coucherias, Les Tuvilains, Les Chouacheux, Les Montrevenots, Les Sizies, Les Reversees, Les Toussaints, Aux Cras, Les Vignes Franches, and Les Bressandes.

2012 was a challenging growing season, characterized by unusual weather patterns. We eased gently into winter, but the mild weather gave way to very cold temperatures at the beginning of February, and hard frosts caused a bit of damage in some areas. March was far milder, allowing bud break to begin early. The weather continued to be chaotic throughout summer, with several thundery storms bringing hail to the region (mainly in the Côte de Beaune). The second half of August and the month of September saw the advent of conditions more favorable to ripening, which proceeded well. The low yields we saw helped the grapes ripen fully.

This wine is deeply colored, and shows notes of dark berries. Its tannins are fine grained and silky, showing the hallmark complexity and richness of Beaune's premiers crus.

Pair with delicate meat dishes and most cheeses.