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Louis Jadot Clos Saint-Denis 2006

Pinot Noir from Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
  • RP94
  • ST92
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Winemaker Notes

This powerful, dark wine has the aromas and flavors of cherries, black currant and spice that are typical of the terroir, along with elegant tannins. It will develop for 10 to 20 years in the bottle.

Serve with duck, game or cheeses such as Citeaux or Reblochon.

Critical Acclaim

RP 94
The Wine Advocate

The Jadot 2006 Clos St.-Denis is scented with peony, cherry, cassis, and cedar; comes to the palate palpably dense yet polished in texture and positively energetic; and finishes long on black fruits, licorice, vanilla, chalky mineral notes, and persistent, wafting floral perfume. I might have guessed this blind to have been a Clos de Beze, and it offers a terrific example of enormous concentration and grip coexisting – as so often in the best wines of this vintage – with energy and lift. Like the corresponding Clos de Beze, this bottling has no reason to fear comparison with its 2005 counterpart, although perhaps in its second decade of bottle life, the tables will turn.

ST 92
International Wine Cellar

Deep red-ruby. Distinctly high-toned aromas of black fruit liqueur and spices. Creamy, thick and dense, showing more chocolate character than floral lift. At once tactile and uncompromisingly dry. The high-toned quality recurs on the back end, which features building tannins. Hardly typical for this grand cru.
Range: 89-92

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Louis Jadot
The House of Louis Jadot has been producing exceptional Burgundy wines since its founding in 1859 by Louis Henry Denis Jadot. For the past 150 years Louis Jadot has continued as one of the great names of Burgundy and has gained international reputation for its superb red and white Burgundy wines. Louis Jadot is not only one of the largest producers of estate Burgundies of the Cote d'Or, it is one of the most celebrated exporters of premium Burgundies, owning close to 140 acres of vineyards from 24 of the most prestigious sites in Burgundy.

An underrated country gaining appreciation for superior wines made from indigenous varieties...

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An underrated country gaining appreciation for superior wines made from indigenous varieties, Austria should be on the radar of anyone who loves bright, elegant wines. These food-friendly, cool-climate reds and whites are quintessentially European in style with racy acidity, moderate alcohol, and tart, fresh fruit flavors. After recovering from serious vineyard decimation during First and Second World Wars, the Austrian wine industry succumbed to an unfortunate scandal in 1985 when a small group of deceitful winemakers were discovered to have been lacing dessert wines with diethylene glycol to mimic the textural effects of botrytis. The country’s credibility as a wine region took a serious hit, and in order to rebuild trust, strict regulations for quality standards were put into place. Today, Austrian wines are prized for their near-uniform dedication to excellence, and it is now difficult to find a bad bottle.

Rather than joining in on the worldwide trend to plant international varieties, Austria has chosen to stake its reputation mainly on its native grapes. Grüner Veltliner, known for its racy acidity and vegetal and peppery aromatics, is the most important, comprising nearly a third of Austrian wines. Riesling in Austria is high in quality but not quantity, planted on less than 5% of the country’s vineyard land. Unlike their German counterparts, Austrian Rieslings are almost always dry, with higher alcohol, slightly lower acidity, and flavors that lean more toward the citrus end of the fruit spectrum. Field blends of these two grapes along with Pinot Blanc and other white varieties known as Gemischter Satz are popular for daily consumption in Vienna. Red wines include light, tart-fruited Zweigelt, juicy and spicy Blaufränkisch, and Pinot-Noir-like Saint Laurent.

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Difficult to pronounce yet delightfully easy to drink...

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Difficult to pronounce yet delightfully easy to drink, Grüner Veltliner is indigenous to Austria, where it has long maintained its status as the nation’s most important white grape. It became trendy among America’s wine elite in the mid-twenty first century, and has since proven itself to be more than just a fad, becoming a mainstay on the shelves of wine shops and the pages of restaurant wine lists for those who enjoy a crisp and refreshing yet serious white wine. Grüner Veltliner performs well in cool climates, and is gaining ground in chillier pockets of California and New York’s Finger Lakes.

In the Glass

Crisp and refreshing with plenty of lively acidity, Grüner Veltliner is marked by telltale notes of white pepper and a slight vegetal quality reminiscent of green beans, as well as a streak of minerality. When less ripe, it leans toward the lemon/lime end of the fruit spectrum, while additional hangtime at harvest can lend notes of pink grapefruit and even stone fruit. A hint of spritz on the palate is not unusual.

Perfect Pairings

Grüner Veltliner is a wonderfully versatile wine—it can pair with just about any lighter fare, from seafood to poultry to complex salads. It even works with spicy foods, and can be a classic pairing with Asian dishes.

Sommelier Secret

When it comes to foods that are notoriously difficult to pair, Grüner Veltliner has been known to step in and save the day. The sulfur compounds naturally present in asparagus can imbue a wine with a highly unpleasant metallic taste, while artichokes’ cynarin compound typically cause the taste of a wine to turn unpalatably sweet. Grüner Veltliner not only manages to avoid these issues, but actually serves to complement these foods with its sharp, pungent, vegetal flavors.

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