2015 Louis Jadot Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru

Year: 2015
Appellation: Cote de Nuits
Country: France
Vinous Media: 89-92
Burghound: 89-92
Red Wine


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"(purchased wine from a single source in "true" Charmes): Medium red. An aroma of raspberry is complicated by notes of flint and slightly grilled oak. Supple flavors of red raspberry, minerals and dried flowers convey attractive texture and sweetness but could use a bit more definition and lift. Nicely concentrated, persistent wine with slightly dusty tannins. This wine was hard to appreciate following the brilliant Clos Saint-Jacques." (VM)

"Moderate wood frames the notably ripe yet fresh array of red currant, earth and once again, plenty of sauvage characters that can also be found on the rich and relatively full-bodied flavors that possess a succulent, even opulent mouth feel. The finish though is slightly sweet and this aspect is accentuated by the wood treatment. While there is nothing technically amiss, I can't say this especially appeals to me though in fairness, the sweetness may very well dissipate with enough bottle age." (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 great grands crus of Gevrey-Chambertin lie on a gentle, easterly slope in the southwest corner of the commune. A distinction is made between le Chambertin, Chambertin Clos de Bèze and the other six grands crus, which follow the first two in prestige and quality. Charmes-Chambertin is often referred to as Le Chambertin's crown prince, and is the best-known of the second-tier grands crus. "Charmes" is derived from "Chaume," meaning "stubble" or "thatch," indicating the former presence of a field of grain. It consists of two adjacent parcels: Aux Charmes and Mazoyères; the latter is entitled to the Charmes appellation, and is virtually always labelled as such. With a total of 76 acres (30 in Aux Charmes and 46 in Mazoyères), it is nearly double the size of any other grand cru. Average annual production is 10,600 cases.

Because of its extensive area, Charmes-Chambertin can be variable in character and quality from grower to grower, and selection is essential to evoke the finest qualities of this great growth. Maison Louis Jadot maintains purchase agreements based on quality of production with proprietors in Charmes to yield a richly-perfumed, intensely colored wine uniting ripe, mellow fruit, velvety texture and powerful structure in perfect balance.