Maison Louis Jadot, Beaune Premier Cru (Burgundy, France) Clos des Ursules “Domaine Héritiers Louis Jadot” 2013

($90, Kobrand Wine & Spirits): Maison Louis Jadot, one of Burgundy’s top négociants, is also a “grower,” owning vineyards under a variety of Domaine names, such as Domaine Héritiers Louis Jadot (i.e., the heirs of Louis Jadot), throughout the Côte d’Or.  Jadot actually purchased the Clos des Ursules, a walled portion of the Vignes Franches vineyard, 33 years prior to the formation of the company.  Typical of the wines from the southern part of Beaune, the Clos des Ursules is more muscular than the typical wine from that appellation.  The 2013 Clos des Ursules, from a “difficult” vintage because of the rains at harvest, is an overwhelming success.  Showing none of the dilution characteristic of some of the wines from that vintage, it has deep slightly wild savory notes impeccably balanced by black fruit and good tannic structure.  Clos des Ursules is always one of Jadot’s best wines and consistently ranks with the top wines from any grower’s Beaune wines.  I’d put this one in the cellar for five to ten years.
93 Michael Apstein Oct 18, 2016