Wonderfully perfumed and weightless in the glass - 2011 & 2012 Jadot Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Clos St. Jacques

Posted by Ian McFadden

"Wonderfully perfumed and weightless in the glass" -Antonio Galloni
2011 & 2012 Jadot Gevrey-Chambertin
1er Cru Clos St. Jacques

It pains me that Jadot's Clos St. Jacques is so overlooked.

Today, I'd like to change that with ultra-sharp pricing on this bottling, which is a perennial bargain to begin with.

Jadot's vines in Clos St. Jacques sit on hallowed terroir. It's a parcel that they bought in 1985 from the historic Clair-Däu estate. The plot 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. It's one of those sites that is considered Grand Cru by many. The prices often match this status, especially since there are only five producers of Clos St. Jacques.

Rousseau's 2011 goes for $500-550 and his 2012 goes for somewhere around $800. Fourrier is a little less painful with the 2011 in the neighborhood of $350 and the 2012 at $475 or so. In this context, the value that Jadot's Clos St. Jacques has to offer comes into clearer focus. The bottling being overlooked definitely benefits the buyer.

I definitely understand why it's an under-the-radar bottling. The name "Jadot" means a lot of different things to a lot of different people. For some, Jadot is a large "brand" producing inexpensive wines from Marsannay to Beaujolais. However, for a small group of collectors, Jadot turns out iconic Burgundies like Chevalier-Montrachet "Les Demoiselles," Corton-Pougets, and Gevrey Clos St. Jacques.

Jadot's Clos St. Jacques was wildly successful in 2011 and 2012. The 2011, in particular, is amazing. Antonio Galloni nails it when he describes it as, "wonderfully perfumed and weightless in the glass." Of course, the 2012 is a denser, more intensely structured expression of the 1er Cru.

For decades, Jadot was run by Jacques Lardière, who was widely considered one of the exemplary personalities of Burgundy. He was famed for his boundless energy, his sensitivity and his dedication to the uniqueness of each terroir. Today Frédéric Barnier is at the helm and continues to uphold the illustrious standards set by Lardière. (I strongly encourage you to check out Barnier's I'll Drink to That! interview.

Jadot's Clos St. Jacques is well known for how it ages. I have really high hopes for both of these. This is one of the great values in Red Burgundy that should not be missed.

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

2011 & 2012 Jadot Gevrey-Chambertin
1er Cru Clos St. Jacques