Today we continue our 2019 Burgundy En Primeur campaign with an outstanding pair of wines from one of the region’s most consistently excellent producers, Maison Louis Jadot. With production volumes down an average of 30-50% in 2019, a vintage which the Financial Times has already predicted as “the best year since 1865,” demand for the best wines of the region is expected to be at an all-time high, making opportunities to secure top 1er Cru and Grand Cru allocations an increasingly difficult feat. Therefore, we are thrilled to be able to have secured a parcel which offers truly exceptional value for money, Louis Jadot’s Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Les Cazetiers and Clos Vougeot Grand Cru.
Located on the east-facing slope stretching upward from the village of Gevrey just alongside the more illustrious neighbour Clos-Saint-Jacques, the 8.43-hectare Cazetiers vineyard is considered one of the best 1er Cru sites in all of Burgundy. It is especially noteworthy for its elevation of 300-355 metres, making it 50 metres above that of Grand Cru site Clos de Beze. The Jadot plot here is among the finest and in 2019 has been a banner year earning top acclaim from Neal Martin of Vinous who says that, “Among the red appellations, I am drawn mostly towards a cluster of excellent wines from Gevrey-Chambertin, especially a brilliant Les Cazetiers that dares surpass Clos Saint-Jacques.” He continues on to admire the, “exquisite bouquet of crystalline red berry fruit laced with minerals, wonderfully delineated and focused. The palate is smooth and sensual on the entry, and very cohesive, with a perfect line of acidity. Pure and ravishing, armed with a satin-textured finish, this is going to be very difficult to resist once in bottle. Superb” awarding it with its best ever score of 93-95 points. This is a sensational score considering that he has awarded Rousseau’s Cazetiers, which is likely to release at around four times the price, with just 92-94 points.

1er Cru Les Cazetiers Vinous(6x75cl)
Louis Jadot93-95£405
Armand Rousseau92-94£1600*

*estimated release price

As the single biggest Grand Cru vineyard in the Cote de Nuits, Clos Vougeot is one of the most recognised yet one of the most perennially underrated Grand Cru sites in Burgundy. Bordering the Grand Cru vineyards of Musigny, Grands Echezeaux and Echezeaux and straddling the villages of Chambolle Musigny and Vosne Romanee, its terroir abounds with chalk, gravel and limestone. Martin has made special mention of this site in his report, noting, “2019 is probably the first vintage in a long while where Clos Vougeot really upped its game. It is far more consistent than previous years and with some real highs.” With 93-95 points, Louis Jadot’s Clos Vougeot is certainly one of the best-performing Clos Vougeot of the vintage and by far the most attractively priced as demonstrated by the below table.

Clos VougeotVinous(6x75cl)
Louis Jadot93-95£570
Hudelot Noellat91-93£840
Thibault Liger-Belair92-94£840

Maison Louis Jadot needs little introduction as one of the biggest owners and Domaines in Burgundy. Their vineyard holdings include a stunning array of the leading 1er Cru and Grand Cru sites across the Cote d’Or. In recent years, their superb terroir has begun to compete with the leading bijou growers, while remaining at comparatively affordable prices for a leading Burgundy. There is a material shortage of Grand Cru and leading 1er Cru Burgundy in the market and in recent vintages, producers have had to content with a continuous onslaught of challenges from mother nature including spring frosts, uneven flowering, drought, sun-scorched berries and a myriad of other difficulties largely rooted in a changing climate which is becoming increasingly volatile. While some opportunities to secure top allocations upon release do remain, we encourage you to get in touch as soon as possible to discuss the campaign further with a member of our team.