Louis Jadot Gevrey-Chambertin 2006
If the Abbey of Bèze is more often cited for its famous Clos-de-Bèze vineyard, planted in the mid 600s, the Abbey of Cluny was more influential. It began its acquisition of land in 895 with vineyards originally given to the Abbey of Sainte-Bénigne by Duke Richard le Justicier; and greatly expanded its holdings through a major purchase from Duke Robert II in 1275, eventually becoming the largest proprietor, before or since, in Gevrey. Yves de Poissey, one of its abbots, was responsible in 1257 for the transformation of a small château into a massive fortress to shelter Gevrey's population from the countless ravages the village suffered through the end of the 1500s. Part of this fortress still stands today.
The village wines of Gevrey-Chambertin are produced from vineyards lying on the extension of the slope on which the grands and premiers crus are situated. These vineyards vary considerably in quality, and the name of the producer is thus more important here than elsewhere. Maison Louis Jadot vinifies the production of growers with whom it holds purchase agreements based on the harvest's quality each year. Jadot Gevrey- Chambertin shows the qualities characteristic of the commune: deep-color, with a multi-faceted berry and red fruit bouquet, a full, tannic structure and mellow texture carry into a lasting finish.
Celebrated as some of the best wine in the universe, red wine from Burgundy, otherwise known as red Burgundy, is Pinot noir. In fact Burgundy is the birthplace of Pinot noir and the source of the planet’s most sensual, delicate, valuable and sought-after Pinot noir wines.
Understanding and enjoying red Burgundy can stay simple, with a basic knowledge of its subregions, become more intricate by dialing down to the villages and vineyards or become a life-long passion, exploring climats (plots of vines), vintages and the post French Revolution land ownership laws. In any case, a fine red Burgundy will display refined nuances of black currant, red fruit, earth, spice, alluring floral aromatics and have great elegance, complexity and longevity.
Most famous, praised and collected of Burgunday are those from the Côte d'Or. Hundreds of millions of years ago, the area now called Côte d'Or was under a warm ocean whose sea floor has, over time, shifted and decomposed into various layers of limestone, sandstone and clay interspersed with ancient fossilized sea creatures. This is what is referred to as the famous escarpment upon which all of the highly sought-after Grands Crus and Premiers Crus vineyards can be found. In other words, from north to south, the best vineyards of Gevrey-Chambertin, Morey-St-Denis, Chambolle-Musigny, Vougeot, Vosne-Romanée, Flagey-Echezeaux, Nuits-St-Georges, Aloxe-Corton, Pommard and Volnay follow the path of this ancient sea bed.