Yesterday evening Vinous Media and The Wine Advocate released their 2018 Burgundy report. It is clear from their reports the 2018s are positively brimming with the considerable sunshine of the growing season. While the red wines had some of the greatest triumphs of the vintage, the whites unexpectedly provided the greatest amount of consistent brilliance in their balance and freshness. We will cover the growing seasons and appellation specifics in our Burgundy en primeur report that we will release next week, however this morning before we begin the campaign in earnest, we wanted to highlight two of the red wines of the vintage, before they sell out by the weekend. Each comes from Louis Jadot and offer exceptional value in class.
The first is Louis Jadot Bonnes Mares, which has been awarded its potential highest ever score, with an exceptional 95-97 points from Neal Martin of Vinous Media. Martin describes it as being ‘armed with precocious black cherries, cassis, crushed violets and a touch of iodine on the nose, aromatics that have no intention of holding back.’ The score makes it the second highest scoring Bonnes Mares in 2018, just behind de Vogue and matching Roumier, which will trade around £4,000 per three in the market. Indeed, as can be seen from the table below, it offers incredible value when compared to the other leading wines with 95-97 points in 2018 – scoring on par with Roumier Musigny and even La Tache!
The proposition is exceptional priced at £900 per case of three, this Bonnes Mares offers immense value compared to its peers. The company it outstrips when compared to the price, designates this as one of the buys of the vintage.
|Louis Jadot Bonnes Mares||95-97||£900|
|Dujac Bonnes Mares||95-97||£1,900*|
|Jean Grivot Richebourg||95-97||£2,595*|
|Meo Camuzet Richebourg||95-97||£3,855*|
|Georges Roumier Bonnes Mares||95-97||£4,065*|
|Dujac Romanee Saint Vivant||95-97||£4,950*|
|Sylvain Cathiard Romanee Saint Vivant||95-97||£5,895*|
|DRC La Tache||95-97||£11,505*|
|Georges Roumier Musigny||95-97||£34,740*|
*expected 2018 trading price
Bonnes Mares is one of the highest prizes in the Cote d’Or, prices across all producers are rising quickly as collectors worldwide look to secure them. It is a magical Grand Cru that demonstrates the ability to blend two distinct characters into a single personality: that of Morey-Saint-Denis and Chambolle-Musigny. The vineyard is sited to the south of Clos de Tart, with more of the vineyard located in Chambolle-Musigny than in Morey-Saint-Denis. It has an easterly exposition, boasting altitudes of 250-280 metres. Its rich, fleshy and voluptuous mouth-feel makes it one of the greatest plots in the world.
Louis Jadot has a superb plot in Bonnes Mares and perennially produces a superb wine loved by the critics. It is also the best priced among all Bonnes Mares plots on release, as can be seen from the table above. Jadot’s real-estate reflects a long plot, found in the very centre of Bonnes Mares, a prime location.
The second wine is Louis Jadot Gevrey Chambertin 1er Cru Clos Saint-Jacques, a wine that is considered to have Grand Cru quality and demand. There are only five owners of this prestigious vineyard making it very difficult to secure any on release. Jadot has the lowest price point while boasting the same quality, if not better than the rest. In 2018 it has been awarded 94-96 points, potentially its highest score ever and one Martin calls ‘a great Clos Saint-Jacques from Louis Jadot.’
As demonstrated in the table below, Jadot’s 2018 Clos Saint-Jacques scores just behind Armand Rousseau, on par with Bruno Claire and outscoring Fourrier Clos Saint-Jacques, which will trade around £4,500, £1,300 and £3,000 in the market. Hence, today’s price of £750 IB for a 6×75 case represents a brilliant buy for one of the most sought after 1er Cru wines on the market.
|Clos-Saint-Jacques Growers||Score||Price 6×75|
*expected 2018 trading price
Clos Saint Jacques represents a tiny 6.7 hectares of vines, Louis Jadot owns one hectare of this making it the second smallest producer of this amazing Premier Cru. Often considered the 10th Grand Cru of Gevrey-Chambertin, Clos St-Jacques wines frequently harness trading prices and critics scores greater than its Grand-Cru neighbours. Jadot is without a doubt the best value grower from this world renowned Gevrey-Chambertin parcel.
Allocations for these two superstar plots are limited and sure to be swept up by the market this morning on account of their uber scores. These are two of the wines of the vintage and certainly the best in terms of price proposition.