Louis Jadot Beaune Clos des Ursules 2006
from Burgundy, France
The picturesque city of Beaune has since the 14th century been the commercial pulse of the Burgundian wine trade. The Vignes Franches climat is situated in mid-slope near the southern end of the commune flanked by Les Boucherottes and Les Chouacheux, below it; and by the Clos des Mouches and Les Aigrots, above it. Its three parcels cover just over 24 acres. Well before the French Revolution this vineyard was a gift of the Province of Burgundy to a loyal group of subjects in gratitude for their service to the crown. The land was specially exempt from all duties; hence the name "franches," or free of taxes. Later, a portion of the Vignes Franches was donated to the convent of Saint-Ursule, a teaching order established in Beaune in 1626. This portion was later walled, and has since borne the name "Clos des Ursules."
The Clos des Ursules is a 6.8-acre enclave purchased by Louis Henry Denis Jadot in 1826, which has remained a solely-owned property of the Jadot family ever since. It is the jewel of the Domaine des Héritiers Louis Jadot portfolio, producing a wine of consistent excellence which, for the characteristic delicacy and suppleness of Vignes Franches, shows striking tannin and dimension. Full, firm and rich in ripe-berry flavors, its fine, slightly earthy bouquet and long, lush finish converge in a wine perfectly balancing elegance and power.
"Palish medium red. Redcurrant, cherry, cinnamon and a minty nuance on the nose. Juicy and tightly wound, with good intensity and length. But this minerally, elegant wine is also a bit strict today."
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