2009 Louis Jadot Chapelle-Chambertin Grand Cru

Year: 2009
Appellation: Cote de Nuits
Country: France
Wine Spectator: 94
Wine Advocate: 90-93
Vinous Media: 92
Burghound: 92-95
Red Wine
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"A muscular, full-bodied red, laced with pure cherry, raspberry and currant fruit. Tightens up on the finish, where subtle oak spice lingers. Balanced, on a sinewy frame. Best from 2016 through 2035." (WS)

"The 2009 Chapelle-Chambertin possesses wonderful inner perfume and detail in its layered fruit. This shows lovely precision and depth to match the understated yet impeccably classy personality. The Chapelle is made from estate owned vineyards. This old-vine parcel is planted with bunches that give tiny berries. Anticipated maturity: 2019-2029.

I tasted an impressive range of wines with Jacques Lardiere and his successor Frederic Barnier, who is slated to take over when Lardiere retires at the end of 2012. Jadot makes a mind-bending number of wines, but I limited myself to the best 35 or so examples. In 2009 Jadot began harvesting on September 6. All of the reds were made from 100% destemmed fruit. Maceration times varied from wine to wine, but according to Lardiere all of the wines were made with essentially the same approach. Lardiere is another of the producers who compares 2009 to 1959, and believes the wines will age well because of their density of fruit and minerality. Many of the estate’s own vineyards are farmed biodynamically, but of course Jadot also sources a significant amount of wine from other growers that is not necessarily from biodynamically farmed vineyards." (WA)

"Good medium red. Complex, soil-driven aromas of dark berries, cherry, licorice, pepper and minerals, lifted by a note of blood orange. Juicy, intensely flavored and imploded; taut and powerful yet at the same time elegant. The crop level here was close to 50 hectoliters per hectare, noted Lardiere, but the grapes were small and no saignee was done. The long finish shows a distinctly creamy aspect." (IWC)

"A pretty and cool mix of upper and lower register aromas includes notes of red currant, wild red berries, earth and stone hints. The attractively energetic and focused medium weight plus flavors possess very fine mid-palate concentration with a silky yet firm mouth feel. There is excellent depth and length to the palate staining finish that is an exercise in harmony and balance though there is some youthful asperity present. Lovely and this should age exceptionally well." (BH)