Jadot, Louis

Appears in
Oxford Companion to Wine

By Jancis Robinson

Published 2006

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Jadot, Louis, merchant-grower based in beaune, dealing exclusively in Burgundy and owners of 68 ha/168 acres of vineyards in the côte d’or, 87 ha/214 acres in beaujolais, and 18 ha/44 acres in Fuissé in the mâconnais. The company has been owned by the Kopf family since 1985. Founded in 1859 by the eponymous Louis Jadot, the company was run from 1962 to 1992 by André Gagey, who joined the firm as an assistant in 1954. When Louis-Alain Jadot, last of the family line, died prematurely in 1968, Gagey was asked by the family to become general manager, and he has now been succeeded by his son Pierre-Henry. Jadot’s success has been very much due to the combined talents of André Gagey and winemaker Jacques Lardière, who retired in 2013 to be succeeded by François Barnier. Both red and white négociant wines, made from bought-in fruit, are thoroughly reliable, but the firm’s reputation is based on the high quality of its domaine wines. Jadot’s holdings have continued to increase, not least in Beaujolais, notably Ch des Jacques in the 1990s and Domaine Ferret in 2008. The company also manages and vinifies the Côte d’Or vineyards of Domaine Gagey and Domaine Duc de Magenta A large, beautiful, and flexible new winery was built on the Jadot premises in 1997 and another one in Givry in the Côte Chalonnaise in 2008 exclusively dedicated to the bourgogne appellation. Among the reds, the Côte de Beaune wines stand out, with the monopole Beaune, Clos des Ursules, being especially fine. The domaine whites are wines of concentration, class, and distinction. Never over-oaked, they are a clear expression of their terroir and wines such as their Puligny-Montrachet Les Folatières, Corton-Charlemagne, and Chevalier-Montrachet Les Demoiselles, are regularly among the best bottles of white burgundy to be had.