2010 Louis Jadot Meursault Perrieres 1er Cru

Year: 2010
Appellation: Cote de Beaune
Country: France
Wine Advocate: 95
Vinous Media: 93
Burghound: 90-93
White Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 13.5%
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"A cool, inward and beautifully precise wine, the 2010 Meursault Perrieres is also the least expressive of these Meursault premier crus. Intense layers of minerality frame the fruit in this impeccable, pedigreed Perrieres. There is no question the 2010 needs time, but how much? Today, it is super-impressive. Stylistically, it melds together the intense fruit of the Charmes with the minerality of Genevrieres. The endless finish is simply breathtaking in its beauty. Anticipated maturity: 2015+.

Once again, I tasted with Jacques Lardiere and Frederic Barnier during a marathon session that lasted several hours. Lardiere has been on a whirlwind tour celebrating his last year at Jadot before his long-announced retirement, but I will believe he is stepping down when I see it. Lifers like Lardiere simply don’t retire. As for the wines, Jadot’s 2010s are unqualified successes across the board. Of course, the wines from the most prestigious appellations are often compelling, but frankly I find just as much joy in discovering the many fabulous Burgundies from unheralded villages that are sprinkled throughout this portfolio. Lardiere and Barnier first thought 2010 was better for reds than whites, but that gap has narrowed recently in their opinion. Yields were down 15-20% for the whites (less than the reds), because of the December, 2009 frost and irregular flowering the following spring. A number of wines were chaptalized approximately 0.5%. The 2010 whites were bottled between February and March 2012. I also tasted a handful of 2009s and 2008s, which I have included here as part of my goal to revisit wines from bottle on a regular basis. I continue to be thrilled by the Jadot 2009 whites, while the 2008s I tasted are mostly equally succesful. Jadot fans know that this venerable winery is composed of several brands; Maison Louis Jadot, Domaine Louis Jadot, Heritiers de Louis Jadot, Domaine Duc de Magenta and Domaine Gagey. In the interest of simplicity, I have listed all of the wines in this section under Domaine/Maison Jadot. There are two cases in which a wine is made by more than one of the labels, in which case the corresponding tasting note indicates which wine was tasted; they are the Chassagne-Montrachet premier cru Garenne and the Puligny-Montrachet premier cru Folatieres." (WA)

"Bright yellow. Complex aromas of pineapple, lemon, toast and wet stone. Sweet, pliant and quite fine-grained, with nothing hard or austere about it. Most impressive today on the suave, very long finish, which offers elements of silex and toasted bread. Real grand cru texture here. Will this shut down in bottle?" (IWC)

"Here the wood is almost invisible with classic aromas of mineral-reduction, acacia blossom and various citrus elements, in particular lemon and grapefruit. There is terrific delineation and detail to the caressing and overtly stony flavors that possess excellent energy on the still youthfully tangy finish. Once this harmonizes it should be textbook Perrières." (BH)