Historic Clos St. Jacques - Epic Value

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Clos Saint Jacques Royalty
2008 Jadot Gevrey-Chambertin
1er Cru Clos Saint-Jacques
A Historic Plot in One of Gevrey's Greatest Sites

The name "Jadot" means a lot of different things to a lot of different people.

For some, Jadot is little more than a "brand," a label wrapped around inexpensive bottles of Beaujolais. For others, Jadot is one of the grandest names in Burgundy.

Today we focus on the latter, more serious side of Jadot, presenting their beautiful 2008 Clos St. Jacques, a parcel of land the company bought in 1985 from the historic Clair-Däu estate.

This parcel is Burgundy royalty, land that produced some of the most epic Burgs from the 1950s, 60s and 70s. Clos St. Jacques is the greatest 1er Cru in all of Gevrey, by a long shot - one of those sites that is considered Grand Cru by many. It's well known that Eric Rousseau pours his Clos St. Jacques after he has poured his Grand Cru Charmes. While Rousseau's Clos St. Jacques can easily push $250+ on release, his Charmes tends to be a bit more affordable.

Given the pedigree of this site to say nothing of the inherent quality of the wine, today's Clos St. Jacques, at about 1/3 the price of Rousseau's, is a ludicrous deal. We expect our small parcel to dry up very quickly.

Bobby and I visited Jadot when we were in Burgundy this past summer. As you might imagine, Jadot has a gigantic winery on the outskirts of Beaune. Jadot is, after all, one of the biggest négociants in Burgundy. Yet the energy here, the seriousness of everything impressed both of us.

Winemaker Jacques Lardière was there, ever-present, bouncing around with his shock of white hair, talking, visibly excited by the wines, by tasting them, by sharing them. And the facilities are as impressive as their holdings. Imagine a grand, gorgeous, circular fermentation room with huge open-top barrels surrounding you on all sides. Downstairs, in their massive cellars, you pass row upon row upon row of barrels, all neatly labeled with the epic names of Burgundy: Montrachet, Musigny, Chambolle Amoureuses.

The dedication to great winemaking here is unmistakable.

Across the board (and Jadot’s is a big lineup), these are site-driven wines, honest and impeccably well-made, known for their monster aging potential. The winemaking team, with Jacques at the head, has all been in place for a while now, so they know what they’re doing and approach it all with dexterity, sincerity, a sense of excitement and definite passion.

In the case of the Clos St. Jacques, the wine is vivid and clear, with strawberries and blueberries, bold and ripe and big but hiding under a veil of youth right now. There are sturdy tannins, a lot of structure with a fullness, a sort of succulence that makes this very appealing, and yet for now, there's also a squareness. Age - I’d call it a decade here - is definitely required to round out the distinct angles of Gevrey muscle.

This wine has a very long future ahead of it. I urge you to order quickly and take a few extra for the cellar.

To order, please email us at offers@crushwineco.com or call the store at (212) 980-9463.

Ian McFadden
Director, Fine & Rare Wine
Crush Wine & Spirits

2008 Jadot Gevrey-Chambertin
1er Cru Clos Saint-Jacques

Burghound: "Relatively generous wood does not completely block the ripe but cool red and blue berry fruit aromas trimmed in notes of violets and minerality of which the latter amply suffuses the supple, vibrant and beautifully detailed middle weight flavors that offer excellent length but also a slight tanginess, which I attribute to the abundant CO2. This will require 10 to 12 years to arrive at its full potential."

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