2010 Louis Jadot Chapelle-Chambertin Grand Cru

Year: 2010
Appellation: Cote de Nuits
Country: France
Wine Advocate: 94-96
Vinous Media: 92
Burghound: 92-94
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 13.5%
Price :
$169.95
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"The 2010 Chapelle-Chambertin is dark and brooding. Cool, mineral notes lead to slate, black cherries, tar and licorice. This is a decidedly muscular, intense Burgundy with tons of density and power enshrouded by statuesque tannins. The sheer power and intensity suggest the Chapelle will require considerable patience. This big, dramatic wine is built for the cellar, but it is without question a showstopper, even today. Anticipated maturity: 2025-2045.

I tasted an amazing range of 2010 reds at Jadot with long-term winemaker Jacques Lardiere and his successor Frederic Barnier. In order to make this large section of the report easier to read, I have broken up the wines into the Cote de Beaune and Cote de Nuits. Lardiere and Barnier told me they were quite worried about the prospects for the harvest upon their return from summer vacations in August, but the year was saved by a perfect September. Yields are down 25-50% because of the frost and cold weather earlier in the year, but overall quality is very high. Lardiere and Barnier also noted that early on it appeared that there would be a wide gap in quality between the Cote de Beaune and the Cote de Nuits, but over time that gap narrowed to some extent. Still, there is little question the vintage was more challenging in the Cote de Beaune because of a rainier summer and overall higher precipitation throughout the year." (WA)

"Good full red. Pure but restrained aromas of sappy cherry, coffee, smoked meat, spices and wild herbs. Creamy, saline and serious, combining a refined texture with a distinctly wild gamey element. The black fruit and herbal flavors are quite primary today, and the tannins are a bit tougher than those of the Latricieres. This slightly high-toned wine will need considerable bottle aging. Jadot is thinking about replanting these 60-to-75-year-old vines bit by bit." (IWC)

"Like all of the Gevrey grands crus in the Jadot ranges, this is also exceptionally fresh and cool with obvious minerality to the red berry fruit, humus and forest floor aromas. There is superb intensity to the mineral-driven and beautifully well-delineated large-scaled flavors that possess an extremely firm, mouth coating and driving finish. There is a real sense of underlying tension with an overt austerity to the very serious and stunningly long finish. The En GĂ©meaux character of pungent minerality is about as front and center as I have ever seen it." (BH)