About the wine maker
The wines of Beaujolais were once as expensive and as renowned as those from its now more famous northern neighbours of the Côte de Beaune and Côte de Nuits. Due to a combination of factors including both World Wars and the extensive production of Beaujolais Nouveau, this reputation was lost. Louis Jadot has always been passionate about the untapped potential of the region and in 1996 purchased Château des Jacques with the aim to restore the quality and reputation of the wines of this region.
All the Gamay grapes for the ‘cru’ Beaujolais, such as Fleurie, Morgon or Moulin-à-Vent, are treated with the same care, attention and vinification methods as the Pinot Noir of the Côte d’Or. Unusually for Beaujolais, Chateau des Jacques includes about nine hectares of Chardonnay, the Clos de Loyse, which is vinified here and aged, like all wines, under the estate label – a single vineyard Chardonnay from Beaujolais (featured in the Louis Jadot White Burgundy section).
In 1998 Louis Jadot opened their Combe aux Jacques winery with the sole intention of making this wine. The key difference from many other Beaujolais Villages wines is that Louis Jadot include grapes from the ‘crus’ of Beaujolais such as Regnié which adds to the quality, creating a fuller, fruitier wine.
Guillaume de Castelnau has the important role of managing Château des Jacques and doubles as its winemaker, living above the winery in the château shown on the label. His passionate belief in the ‘spirit of the terroir’ is reflected in his very natural approach to winemaking: he is an avid supporter of organic and biodynamic practices.