Louis Jadot 2006 Chambertin Clos de Bèze

    Certainly one of the most prolific négociants in Burgundy—as the ubiquity of its village wines on supermarket shelves attests—Maison Louis Jadot also happens to be one of the finest. Although the firm traces its origins to Belgian Louis Henry Denis Jadot’s 1826 purchase of a premier cru vineyard, Clos des Ursules, in the Côte de Beaune, its most enticing releases now come from farther north in the Côte de Nuits, source of some of the most spectacular red wines in the world. Louis Jadot’s holdings in this region increased substantially with the acquisition in the mid-1980s of Domaine Clair-Daü, which owned important vineyards in such grands crus as Clos de Vougeot, Bonnes Mares, and Chambertin Clos de Bèze. The Louis Jadot 2006 Chambertin Clos de Bèze (www.louisjadot.com, $240) reminds one what a coup this was for the company: Deliciously ripe even in its youth, this potent Pinot Noir retires in the glass among misty aromas of black raspberry, rose petals, and delicate mint; in the mouth, however, it blossoms, revealing layers of cherry, pomegranate, cinnamon, and brooding, dark minerality.

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