Louis Jadot / 2008 Beaune 1er Cru Clos des Couchereaux.

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Louis Jadot / 2008 Beaune 1er Cru Clos des Couchereaux

COUNTRY/REGION: France/Burgundy.

GRAPES: 100% Pinot Noir.

ABV: 13%

VINEYARDS: Beaune vineyards are the most extensive of the Côte de Beaune, between Savigny to the North, and Pommard to the South. There are no Grands Crus vineyards in this commune, but 36 Premiers Crus.

Les Couchereaux was one of first seven vineyards purchased by the original Louis Jadot family in 1859. Chosen for its quality of terroir and quality of the wines it produced, rivalling some of the Grand Crus that were in the initial purchase, it has been part of the Maison Louis Jadot portfolio for over 160 years. It is situated on top of the slope, in the middle of the Beaune commune, basking in the sunshine thanks to its southern exposure. Its soil is composed of clay and calcareous deposits that drains well and warm up easily – providing a perfect conditions for quality Pinot Noir.

The 2008 was a particularly fickle vintage, with cool and humid spring, followed by fairly sunny summer that was washed away by heavy rains, causing uneven set and some disease in the vineyards. Luckily, the vintage was saved by the North wind and sunny but cool September that dried out the grapes and allowed them to fully ripen. The 2008 was marked by the low yields, even down to 16hl/ha but the grapes that survived the table de tri were of very high quality, having their sugars concentrated by the drying wind.

The grapes were pressed and vinified in open-top fermenters for 4 weeks and the resulting juice aged in oak barrels for 18 months. The wine that we have here today is at the perfect drinking condition, full of red fruit characters, with fresh acidity and textured tannins on the palate. It would go beautifully with roasted salmon, osso bucco, classic beef bourguignon or soft cheeses such as Cîteaux or Mont d’Or.

WINEMAKING: This wine is fermented in tanks, and then aged in barrels for 12-15 months before bottling.