Jadot created quite a stir in 2009 when they released a bottling consisting of a blend of 17 different Beaune 1ers Crus to celebrate their 150th anniversary. It was a massive success, both commercially, as well as qualitatively. Sumptuous and ageworthy, the wine found a lot of fans among consumers and critics. As such, this exceptional house decided to release the cuvée in excellent vintages. Since 2009, there has been a 153rd anniversary bottling in 2012 and now 2015 is the latest release in the series.
No surprise, it is a blockbuster. If you haven’t bought any 2015 red Burgundy, this is one not to miss. If you have already, this can serve as a cellar staple and makes an excellent centerpiece for your own celebrations for years to come.
2015 Beaune 1er Cru 156th Anniversary Cuvée
Antonio Galloni: “The 2015 Beaune 1er Cru Celebration is a rich, radiant wine. Sumptuous and expansive on the palate, the 2015 possesses striking inner perfume and fabulous depth. The flavors are dark, bold and incisive in this decidedly potent, somber Beaune 1er Cru from Jadot. Even with all of its natural richness, the 2015 is massively tannic and shut down. I wouldn’t dream of opening a bottle anytime soon. The combination of 19 climats results in a Beaune of unusual complexity and pedigree, but readers will have to be patient. The 2015 was only bottled in December 2017. “ 93+ pts.
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Jadot is about as classic as it gets. Producing ageworthy, reliable wines for decades. I have been to many a blind tasting where the Jadot wine has outclassed even the most renowned bottlings from the most desirable growers. Too many consumers overlook the négociants on a wrongheaded and chauvinistic ideology. The best bottlings are among the best of all of Burgundy. This is definitely among the best.
Galloni is glowing in his praise, even devoting an entire article to the cuvée, which I quote in full:
“I remember the first time I tasted Jadot’s 2009 Beaune 1er Cru 150th Anniversary several years ago. An assemblage of numerous Beaune climats, the 150th Anniversary was incredibly expressive and flat-out delicious from the very beginning. Not surprisingly, Jadot subsequently decided to bottle the wine (now called Celebration) in top vintages. The 2015 is the latest release, and a worthy successor to both the 2012 and 2009.
Winemaker Frédéric Barnier opts for a longer period of élevage for the Beaune 1er Cru Celebration than he does for the other Jadot reds, which is why the Celebration is only being released now. Wines from the single climats are aged for about eighteen months. Some are bottled separately, while others go into various blends. In top vintages, Jadot releases a blend of the best climats as the Beaune 1er Cru Celebration, which is the present day successor to a wine Jadot first made to celebrate their 150th anniversary, as explained above. The Celebration lots spend eighteen months in barrel. Barnier creates the blend and then gives the wine a further six months in tank to allow all the components to meld together prior to bottling. Production is around 5,000 cases for the 2015.” - Antonio Galloni, “Cellar Favorites: Jadot’s 2015 Beaune 1er Celebration”
I really cannot add much to what Galloni has written. If you don’t trust me, trust Galloni: this is one to go long on.