Six half-bottles of Louis Jadot barrel samples were included in the 2010 Palate Press Grand Tasting. They were not tasted blind because they were barrel samples, unfinished wines, and we wanted to be sure the wine professionals int he room had a chance to taste and opine on them before opening what was left in the smaller bottles to the rest of the room. They were all very young, but showed tremendous promise. Indeed, even in their infancy they were among the best wines on the tables.
One of only two wines to receive a perfect five star score at the 2010 Palate Press Grand Tasting, this was tight, tart, and very deep. Unsweetened cranberry, cinnamon, smoked meat, and an underlying backbone of minerals were followed by a long finish. The wine was in great balance with acids and tannins in perfectly balanced counter-point, promising years of gentle aging. Drink with your grandchildren.
One of the stars of the 2010 Palate Press Grand Tasting, and one of only two wines to receive all five possible stars. This young barrel sample was absolutely electric, wowing wine professionals and other guests alike with its layered waves of flavors and length of finish. The oak is not quite integrated yet, but it is toasty and warm. Multi-layered flavors of citrus, several different kinds of limes and lemons, pan-toasted french bread, and a hint of ginger led to a finish that lingered for the longest time. Look for this one on release, then keep it for as long as you can stand the suspense. It really is that good.
This very young wine was tight and shy. It showed streaking minerality, soft, slightly sweet key lime, and the spicy flavor of ginger snaps. It also earned four stars out of five at the 2010 Palate Press Grand Tasting. Don't drink with anything yet. This needs another year in wood, then a decade or more in the bottle.
This incredibly young wine earned 4.5 stars out of 5 at the 2010 Palate Press Grand Tasting, getting accolades like "young but awesome" from wine professionals. The palate exhibited dried cherries, plum, and a solid tannic structure. The finish was lengthy, tannic, and tart. Look for it next year and start making room in the cellar.
This barrel sample is wine in its infancy. Indeed, most of it is still resting in the comfort of its oaken womb. It was as high and tight as a Marine's boot camp hair cut, tart with unsweetened cranberry and rhubarb, slightly sweetened with dried strawberries and complemented by fresh-picked sage. It exhibited powerful tannins and a tart, unsweetened finish. This earned a 4.5 out of 5 stars at the 2010 Palate Press Grand Tasting, all on potential. It is young and disjointed, but all the right flavors are there, just waiting for more time to knit together into something special.
Palate Press Wine of the Week: 1998 Louis Jadot Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Clos de la Garenne Domaine du Duc de Magenta
Honeysuckle, lemon, and orange blossoms poured over flint, leading to a biscotti and lemon-butter finish. Minerality and acids make a terrific backbone, while fruit and florals lead to a long finish. Drink a glass with lobster bisque, then linger over a second glass by itself.