Country: France Region: Burgundy
Varietal: Chardonnay Vintage: 2018
Colour: White Style: Dry
Producer: Louis Jadot
Soil and aspect are crucial to Grand Cru vineyard siting, and soils vary widely in the Côte de Beaune. The Grand Cru white Montrachet is perfectly situated on a strip of east-facing limestone for an intense wine of great depth and aging potential. Surrounding Grands Crus include Chevalier-Montrachet, on stonier soil, and Bâtard-Montrachet, on heavier soil. At the northern border of the Côte de Beaune, the hill of Corton produces both a white and a red Grand Cru: the white on the upper south- and west-facing slopes on brown marl soil with limestone washed down from above; the powerful red is produced on a band below the white. Following are the Maison Louis Jadot Côte de Beaune Grands Crus: Corton Charlemagne Corton-Grèves (red) Corton-Pougets (red) Bâtard-Montrachet Bienvenues-Bâtard-Montrachet Criots-Bâtard-Montrachet Chevalier-Montrachet Chevalier-Montrachet Les Demoiselles Montrachet
The 2018 Bienvenues-Batard-Montrachet Grand Cru has a very finely detailed bouquet of subtle peach skin, praline and crushed stone aromas. The palate is very well balanced, quite rounded and fat in the mouth. There are copious notes of praline, lemon thyme and orange pith, plus a dab of lemongrass on the finish. Despite its grand status, this is going to be tough to resist in its youth." 01/20
Food Match: lobster and scallops, simply roast chicken such as Poulet de Bresse, guinea fowl, dishes that include wild mushrooms and slow roast tomatoes, white truffles. Hazelnut-crusted chicken or fish. Sea bass with fennel purée.