- COMMENDED (2012) International Wine Challenge 2015
About the wine maker
In 2012, Frederic Barnier assumed the role of Senior Winemaker at Louis Jadot. Jacques Lardière’s retirement after 42 years has however, been carefully planned: Frederic worked closely alongside Jacques for a number of years and like him is also a firm advocate of terroir, keeping human intervention to a minimum at every stage of the winemaking. To maintain a smooth transition, Jacques will continue to be available should Frederic need any help or advice.
Louis Henry Denis Jadot founded the business in 1859. His vision was to build a business with a high quality reputation. One of his key aims, as well as to make top wines, was to build a significant vineyard base. This vision remains core to the business today; wines from these top vineyards are clearly marked ‘Domaine Louis Jadot’.
From the tip of Chablis to the toe of Beaujolais, Louis Jadot produce Burgundy and nothing but Burgundy. The familiar Bacchus head label has become a reliable stamp of quality and consistency amidst a plethora of producers.
Louis Jadot works carefully with Matthew Clark, reserving some of their top wines and holding them in their cellars in Beaune until they have matured a little, giving our customers the opportunity to enjoy Burgundy at its optimum maturity.
From vineyard to bottle, sustainability is core to Louis Jadot’s approach. For the past 20 years, they have banished the use of synthetic products on their own vineyard soils applying traditional practices instead and encouraging the vines to grow their roots in such a way to mine the soil’s minerality. In the past five years, fourteen hectares of vineyards around Beaune, plus the Rochegrés vineyards at Château des Jacques in Moulin à Vent have been managed biodynamically and investments in all wineries have been made in an environmentally sympathetic way.