Memories of always, the Maison Louis Jadot!!!

No secret I love wine as evidence by my many posts on the subject , There have been many memorable moments with the family indeed, I feel a bit nostalgic today so will update this historical post for me on my wine tasting/drinking/traveling days. The pictures were taken while visiting France from Florida USA in August 1995!!! Of course, we have been back there in Beaune but not just to the wines, see my posts,

This is in the Côte d’Or dept 21, region of Bourgogne-Franch-Comte in my belle France and the town of Beaune of the Maison Jadot !!

My short story on this is that many years back in the early 90’s I met the recently name President of the house Pierre-Henry Gagey inperson while doing a wine tasting event at the Crown Wine & Liquors of South Miami. I was already well versed on wines and recent graduate of the wine connaisseur course of SOPEXA or Food and Wine from France export arm of the French government; I still have my diploma!!



In a pleasant conversation of his wines, I told him that I was married to a French lady and was visiting France shortly. He suggested I visit his house and gave me his business card to show it at Beaune and be given a personal wine tasting tour. This of course I did. It was done by the Europe Sales Manager  Marc Dupin and it was wonderful beyond words. We were picked up at our hotel and brought over to the property in Beaune. The tour gave me the chance to taste some of their top wines that even my income at the time would not have allowed!!! A lasting impression that took me to buy ,drink their wines for years, always with great memories of this trip encounter.

beaune maison jadot edro et marc-dupin aug95

Beaune maison Jadot tasting cent vignes 1 cru visit aug95

Let me give you the story of the Maison Louis Jadot as briefly as I can. Hope you enjoy it.

The Maison Louis Jadot is a wine producer-trader based in Beaune. The company now controls 220 hectares (2.2 km2) in Côte d’Or, in the Mâconnais and in the Beaujolais, within the Burgundy vineyards. Its products bear a single label for its entire range. This label, characterized by a frieze, the head of Bacchus and its pale yellow color, remains unchanged. The history of Maison Louis Jadot began in 1826 with the acquisition of the Beaune premier cru Clos des Ursules by the Jadot family. Louis Henry Denis Jadot founded the Maison Louis Jadot in 1859.

Rudy Kopf, founder of the wine department of Macy’s and later of his own distribution company Kobrand Corp, in 1945 became the importer of Jadot wines to the United States. In 1985, Mrs. Jadot widow at the time, decided to sell the business to the Kopf family to ensure the sustainability of the House. In 1992, Pierre-Henry Gagey , the son, became president of the Maison Louis Jadot.

In 1996, Maison Louis Jadot acquired Château des Jacques in Beaujolais, in 2008 Domaine Ferret in Fuissé. In 2013, it bought an estate in the United States in Oregon with 13 hectares the Resonance Vineyard in the Yamhill-Carlton AVA  . The 80 hectares of vineyards of Château des Jacques are spread over 6 appellations located in beautiful climates such as Moulin-à-Vent, Morgon, Chénas and Fleurie. The Domaine Ferret is a wine estate located in Fuissé. The vines owned represent a total of 18 hectares in the heart of the Pouilly-Fuissé appellation.

There is the quality of the vineyards, which are made in all possible shapes of color and bottling with 86% of production represents the percentage of export sales, The wines are beautifully crafted whites with better and better balanced aging, even if I would like nothing more density and depth in the major vintages. The reds are of high quality, with less severity than in the past thanks to the extractions which seem more measured. The Santenay Clos de Malte smells like vanilla from the farm. The mouth displays density, but the finish is a bit short. Meursault Narvaux is a taut, muscular, energetic wine. The Clos Blanc stands out with a sweet, but consistent fruit. Les Combettes clearly transcribes the finesse of its place of birth but lacks density for a premier cru of this caliber. The Corton-Charlemagne is juicy and sapid: nice length on a delicious, elegant and nuanced fruit. In red, the marsannay is slightly folded. Clos des Guettes can be drunk now or expected, with its supple texture and juicy fruit. Clos des Ursules shows a slight wood grip; there is no shortage of volume. The Gevrey-Chambertin respects the fruit and its mouth transcribes the refined power of this beautiful terroir. The finely wooded Clos-Vougeot offers fruit of great purity. After a fine attack, the telluric power of the soil resumes its rights in the final, straight, solid, which recalls that the wine is built for very long aging. The above are the ones I tasted at the property.

The official Maison Louis Jadot

You can buy direct at the Cuverie boutique store at 62, route de Savigny in Beaune.  Webpage:

The Beaune tourist office on the Maison Louis Jadot:

There you go folks, a wonderful memorable visit and many wines afterward, the good deeds are still there, never to forget, Maison Louis Jadot is a classy winery and great folks, Hope you enjoy the post, and even better try the wines they are awesome, exceptional Burgundy !

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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