Beaune 1er Cru Clos des Couchereaux Vertical Discovery Case
Beaune 1er Cru Clos des Couchereaux, Domaine des Héritiers Louis Jadot
A Vertical Discovery
The vintages from 2004 to 2009 offer the chance to explore how each vintage influenced the characters of a wine from one single vineyard.
The Aux Coucherias vineyard occupies 9.7 hectares and lies on the upper reaches of Beaune’s Premier Cru slope, equidistant from Pommard and Savigny. Louis Henry Denis Jadot purchased 2 hectares in the Clos des Couchereaux, within Aux Coucherias in the 1800’s and this holding has remained in the Jadot family ever since.
The superb east-southeast position of the vineyard results in a wine of particular fruit ripeness and supple full body.
The Vintages - One 75cl bottle of each wine is included.
2004 Overall the crop was a good one but produced wines of differing qualities. The most conscientious growers – those who controlled their production with green harvesting, careful soil management, vinified with rigorous grape selection and controlled fermentation temperature produced the more impressive cuvees. With careful selection from reliable producers, 2004 is a good year for quantity and quality.
2005 On the whole, 2005 was to be a vintage everyone will remember for its quality. Although a few areas, such as Chassagne Montrachet and Santenay, were damaged by hail storms, it was overall an excellent vintage.
2006 After some challenging growing conditions, the 2006 harvest landed safely. The Ban des Vendanges for whites was on the 18th September and on the 20th for reds – although special dispensation was given to certain sites in the Côte de Beaune where there was a degree of rot. Sugar levels across both varieties were acceptable. Overall this is a consistently successful vintage, with the best wines displaying a great balance of fresh, crisp acidity and pure ripe fruit.
2007 The level rain was rather high in the year which was considered either a handicap or a positive advantage. Certainly, in the past the level of ground water had been very low, and in 2007 probably allowed for easier demineralisation. This is beneficial for developing the wine’s aromas and at Louis Jadot, we think this added some style to the wines as well as a certain touch of elegance.
2008 With the exception of December the 2007/2008 winter was mild. April was cool but humid and summer arrived in May with sunny periods at the end of June and July. Rain then followed causing some disease in the vineyard and careful management was required for quality. Harvest time saw very good ripening of the grapes and after precise sorting, the good quality of this vintage became obvious.
2009 A fine April saw early flowering with plentiful crop. June was unseasonably hot and there was some drought stress in certain areas. By July ripening was advancing at a pace. August was hot and dry and a fine harvest promised for September. For once the triage table was largely superfluous with perhaps only 10% of the crop discarded. Overall, a great vintage in terms of quality and quantity.
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