2010 Louis Jadot Morgon Chateau des Jacques Cote du Py

Year: 2010
Appellation: Beaujolais
Country: France
Wine Advocate: 89-90+
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 13.0%
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"The Chateau des Jacques 2010 Morgon Cote de Py manages to display considerable richness while preserving juicy fresh fruit vivacity and incorporating an abundance of fine tannin, which as de Castelnau acknowledges reflects an emphasis on pigeage that was especially pronounced with this cuvee. Smoked meat, peat, and crushed stone add depth and this finishes with impressive persistence, even if a touch of tannin seems, for now, to have the last word. I suspect this will be worth following for 4-6 years but would like to revisit it a year from now.

Jadot technical director, Jacques Lardiere, and Chateau des Jacques director, Guillaume de Castelnau, – for more about whose distinctive aspirations and methodology as well as about this estate’s vineyard sites consult my reports in issues 184 and 190 – did not compromise in 2010 on their intentions of rendering vins de garde by means of, among other things, extended elevage in largely new barrique. What’s more, they are among numerous Beaujolais producers to have favored pigeage (punch-downs) as a means of extraction in 2010 after having relied primarily on gentler remontage (pump-overs) in 2009. As my parenthetic remarks following each corresponding 2010 tasting note below reveal, the 2009s about which I waxed enthusiastic in issue 190 have with two exceptions fulfilled or exceeded my earlier assessments of their promise – in one case to such an extent that a completely new tasting note was warranted – and wine lovers should be scouring the market to acquire these gems. As usual, none of the latest crop of reds had yet been bottled when I visited in June, and final decisions had not been taken as to the assemblage for the two bottlings that are not vineyard-designated. I have elected to publish notes on the approximations that I tasted because to leave-out precisely the two wines that collectively represent the vast majority of Chateau des Jacques production would strike readers as odd and leave them unaided. (Naturally, the ultimate choice of barrels for the two grand assemblages impacts what is eventually bottled from each single vineyard, but largely in terms of quantity rather than quality, since from any given site, barrel-to-barrel deviance is small compared to that between sites.)" (WA)