2015 Louis Jadot Chambertin Clos de Beze Grand Cru (Domaine des Heritiers)

Year: 2015
Appellation: Cote de Nuits
Country: France
Wine Spectator: 96
Wine Advocate: 95-97
Vinous Media: 93-96
Burghound: 93-96
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 13.5%
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"Featuring expressive aromas and flavors of cherry, raspberry, currant, mineral, clove and toasty spice, this red is solidly built and extremely fresh, with fine balance and a terrific aftertaste. There is a sense of purity and elegance here that will take some time to reveal. Best from 2022 through 2043. From France.—B.S" (WS)

"The 2015 Chambertin Clos de Bèze Grand Cru has another very composed and delineated bouquet that for me attests more complexity and terroir-expression than the Chambertin. This is just exquisite - you can feel the vineyard here. The palate is medium-bodied with very fine tannin, a keen line of acidity, very supple tannins with a surfeit of finesse and refinement on the finish. This is one of the best releases from Louis Jadot this vintage out of over 100 samples reviewed." (WA)

"(destemmed): Bright, moderately saturated medium red. Alluring, liqueur-like aromas of strawberry, raspberry, cranberry and rose petal are lifted by pungent soil-driven minerality. Wonderfully silky yet utterly weightless, with the urgent flavors of raspberry, pomegranate, spices and flowers conveying outstanding clarity and stunning high-toned sex appeal. Finishes with utterly suave, noble, broad tannins and a vibrant suggestion of red licorice. Wonderfully sappy, elegant wine. Barnier notes that Jadot's Clos de Bèze is typically quite open during its time in the cellar and doesn't really shut down after the bottling." (VM)

"Plenty of wood and menthol elements mark the wonderfully spicy and notably ripe nose that combines notes of red berry fruit liqueur, a panoply of spices and a whisper of mocha. The highly seductive and concentrated flavors possess an opulent mid-palate mouth feel that is borderline unctuous, all wrapped in a gorgeously long, complex and well-balanced finish. While the sheer density of material should enable this to be approached after only a decade or so, if you wish to see it at its peak, this too is pretty much a "buy and forget you own it" wine." (BH)

Winery Notes
Gevrey-Chambertin is the northernmost of the great communes of the Côte de Nuits; it covers 1,315.75 acres and produces an average 16,411 hectolitres (182,351 cases) of wine annually, all of which is red. There are 26 premiers crus in Gevrey occupying a total of 211 acres, and eight grands crus lying on a contiguous strip of 215 acres. The remaining 889 acres, 125 of which lie in the adjoining commune of Brochon, produce the village wines of Gevrey-Chambertin.

The village of Gevrey is very old; in 630 it still bore the Latin name "Gibriacus," a derivative of "grabos." The meaning of this word is unclear, but seems to be related to "beard", either a bearded man or animal, i.e., a goat. "Chambertin", from "Campus Bertini", later "Champ de Bertin", or "Bertin's field", immortalizes the peasant who first planted this greatest vineyard of the commune. In 1847, the commune of Gevrey became Gevrey- Chambertin by decree of King Louis-Philippe.

The Clos-de-Bèze vineyard is the oldest of Gevrey's vineyards, planted by the monks of the Abbey of Bèze after its bequest to them, in 630, by Duke Amalgaire of Burgundy. In the 1200s it was sold intact to the order of the Cathedral of Langres, who leased it out in parcels until the 1700s, when both Le Chambertin and Clos- de-Bèze were acquired, nearly in their entirety, by Claude Jobert. Since Jobert's ownership, Clos-de-Bèze has become divided, as of 1985, among eighteen proprietors.

The Clos-de-Bèze occupies a rectangular 38-acre plot in the center of Gevrey's grand cru slope just north of Le Chambertin. Clos-de-Bèze may take the Le Chambertin appellation, but not vice-versa, an indication of its slightly superior quality. Indeed, though Clos-de-Bèze is nearly seven acres larger than Le Chambertin, its average annual production is approximately six percent less. Domaine Louis Jadot controls 2.04 acres in Clos-de-Bèze of which half were acquired in 1985 through the purchase of Domaine Clair Daü, with the balance under long-term contract. The majestic wine it yields is a quintessential Clos-de-Bèze: rich, sumptuous and with an extraordinary balance of power, elegance and delicacy. The brilliant, brocaded texture finishes in long, lingering notes of berries and oak.