2015 Louis Jadot Chevalier-Montrachet Les Demoiselles Grand Cru

Year: 2015
Appellation: Cote de Beaune
Country: France
Vinous Media: 94
Burghound: 91-94--Wine Enthusiast: 97
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"Pale, bright yellow. Pure but very restrained aromas of pineapple and lemon oil. Very ripe but light on its feet, conveying excellent lift and definition to its flavors of white peach, lemon and dusty stone. Offers outstanding purity and cut without any weight, not to mention alcoholic harshness. This utterly seamless, silky wine was shy and tight from the beginning and is still a baby. But despite its early austerity, it nicely showcases its balance and energy already. I'm not sure I would easily have identified the vintage as 2015." (VM)

"Reduction presently flattens the underlying fruit. On the plus side there is excellent size, weight and punch to the generously proportioned, powerful and tautly muscular flavors that reflect both plenty of minerality and dry extract before concluding in an almost thick yet balanced finale that delivers first-rate length. 2015 is not a particularly elegant vintage for this wine but once again, there is no lack of character." (BH)

"This is a sumptuous wine as befits a Chardonnay from one of the great white Grand Crus. Intense acidity is spiced by the new-wood aging. A strongly mineral character also marks this powerful wine with generous white and yellow fruits and a zesty, tangy aftertaste. It has a great future. Drink from 2025." (WE)

Winery Notes:
At the summit of the slope where the communes of Puligny-Montrachet and Chassagne-Montrachet converge is a cluster of vineyards comprised of five of the six greatest white wine microclimates of Burgundy. They all share the name of the greatest among them, Le Montrachet, which like Bâtard-Montrachet, lies partly in Puligny and partly in Chassagne. Bienvenues-Bâtard-Montrachet and Chevalier-Montrachet lie within Puligny; Criots-Bâtard Montrachet lies within Chassagne. The collective surface area of these grands crus totals only 80 acres.

The vineyard of Chevalier-Montrachet is situated immediately above the portion of Le Montrachet lying in Puligny, and directly borders Chassagne. It covers 18 acres producing an extremely limited yield of 23,000 bottles of wine in an average year, or slightly over half the legal yield per hectare. Within this grand cru climat is the "Les Demoiselles" vineyard, a 2.56 acre parcel which was purchased in 1794 by the first members of Louis Henry Denis Jadot's family to arrive in Beaune from Belgium. It remained among the Jadot properties until 1887, when, due to a deed of division, it passed out of the family's hands. Several years afterward it was reacquired through a joint-purchase effort initiated by Louis Jadot and Louis Latour. Still today, the two Domaines remain equal owners of Les Demoiselles.

From its 1.29 acres of vines in Les Demoiselles, Maison Louis Jadot produces limited quantities of this exquisite grand cru, which in many vintages equals or surpasses Le Montrachet in concentration and complexity. Its limpid, golden color and penetrating fragrance of toast and honey predict the rich, mellow fruit flavors, velvety elegance and intense finish of this wine of exceptional grace and breed.