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seems to me that Jadot wines have in common a strong concentration
and a lot of body, do you agree with this opinion?
Jadot, we think that a high-class wine of Burgundy must be
able to age and to open out with time. It is the ageing which
allows a true aromatic complexity. For this reason, we believe
in rather long maceration for red wines, when the sanitary
state of the grape allows it. So it is true that we prefer
rather concentrated wines but only if they keep their smoothness,
their elegance, and the true expression of the soil of Burgundy.
The light, fruity, elegant wines are certainly very pleasant,
but represent only a part of the spirit of Burgundy.
like to add that the well-ripen and concentrated vintages
are the image of Burgundy. I think of 1947, 1959, 1964, 1969,
1971 and 1978.
Which wines will you advise to someone who wish to
initiate to the wines of Burgundy?
him/her to start with Villages wines, or regional appellations,
to understand the style of Burgundy, the fruit and flavors
which are expressed through these wines. The understanding
of the tanins and the phenolic components comes afterwards,
when you taste premier and grand cru vintages. It is recommended
to start with simpler, easy wines to access, and then get
into more complex wines. The white wines are also a very good
way to understand the wines of Burgundy. Their smoothness,
their minerality, their precision and their purity are more
easily accessible for all those who passed beyond the sucrosity.
Louis Jadot is both a trader and a producer. Your
wines come either from your own vineyards, or from your vine
grower's partners. Are they notable differences between the
wines? We tend to say that the best Louis Jadot are those
coming from your own vineyards.
appellations, we buy from wine growers who vinified and sell
wine in barrels to us after 2 or 3 months. Of course, we always
like the idea that the wines coming from our own vines are
better than those coming from grapes we buy to others. Nevertheless
I do not believe that it is always true. Some vine growers
deliver to us very beautiful grapes. They enable us to make
superb wines. This is why we always choose at Jadot not to
differentiate our labels, even if we mention our own vineyards
to inform our customers.
What kind of relationship do you have with your vine
a very strong partnership. It is impossible to speak of quality
if there is no true participation between us. We try as much
as possible to work with them in a subtle way because vine
growers remain responsible of their own production and the
control of their vines. The partnership consists in working
together to reach the best maturity and to produce the best
possible wine. It is a strategy where we all can win. We cannot
produce high-class wines if the vine growers who provide us
the grapes do not find their own interest in the process.