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Page 2 of the interview with

Pierre-Henry Gagey
Louis Jadot

How many different wines, from how many different appellations do you market?

We provide only Appellation d'Origine Controlée (AOC) wines coming from great Burgundy, from Chablis to Beaujolais. We put on the market between 100 to 130 different wines depending on the year. Some of them come from our own vineyards. We control approximately 130 hectares (320 acres) of vines. These vineyards extended much the last few years in Côte d’Or as we bought many premier cru and grand cru vintages. In Beaujolais we bought Château des Jacques (in Moulin à Vent) and Château des Lumières (in Morgon).

The range of wines we provide is divided into 3 groups:

- regional wines which account for 60 % of the bottles sold (Beaujolais-Villages, white Bourgogne, red Bourgogne, white Macon Villages...)

- terroir wines, and in general Villages wines, which account for 30 % of the bottles sold (Pouilly Fuissé, Côte de Beaune Villages, Gevrey Chambertin, Nuits Saint Georges, Chablis, Meursault, Puligny Montrachet...)

- and then, premier and grand cru vintages, they are many, accounting for 10% of the bottles sold.

What are the nice vintages you would like to recommend?

Since I started to work here in 1985, Burgundy wine makers have had the chance to provide rather favorable years. Maybe this is due to the heating up of the planet ?

My preferred red wine vintages are: 1985, 1989, 1990, 1993, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2002, 2003 with a very particular preference for 1990, 1997, 2002 and 2003.

And my preferred white wines are: 1986, 1989, 1992, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2002, 2003 with a preference for 1989, 1992 and 2002.

Can you give us some insight on the 2004 vintage?

2004 is a little bit irregular. In Burgundy, there will be very good wines, but also some less successful wines. Indeed, the climatic conditions of the 2004 summer were rather difficult, with many storms, in particular a strong hail in August in the Côte de Beaune. We underwent many attacks of Oïdium and Mildew. Everywhere where the harvested quantity was too significant, quality is not great. On the other hand, the wine makers who were reasonable are producing good wines. It is of course still a little bit too early to give a definitive opinion, because malolactic fermentations are not made yet, but it seems that red wines have very beautiful colors, and it is a rather good surprise. For the white wines, we think that they will be really elegant, and we hope so, mineral.

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