Robert Parker – 89-91
The 2013 Corton-Pougets Grand Cru (under the Domaine des Heritiers Jadot label) has a slightly high-toned, quite opulent bouquet with kirsch, cassis and raspberry preserve scents that gradually calm down in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannins, a fine line of acidity and a slightly “blocky” finish that does not quite possess the finesse of the Corton-Greves at this premature stage. Hopefully, it will mellow and manifest more refinement when in bottle. Like last year, I sectioned off two morning sessions to taste through the complete range of Louis Jadot’s Côte d’Or wines. That’s over 100 wines and so I prefer to not rush, spend my time diligently tasting and comparing each one in the presence of winemaker Frédéric Barnier and then on the second morning accompanied by proprietor Pierre-Henry Gagey, fresh from a ten-day fasting in Germany and positively bounding with positivity. With such a plethora of vineyards under their wing, both owned and rented, both gentlemen have a birds-eye view of how Burgundy performed in the vintage.
Anticipated maturity: 2017-2030
Vinous – 90.5
Medium red. Intriguing aromas of strawberry, smoky minerality, herbs, spices and iodine. Supple but quite dry, showing very good lift and a firm underlying spine to flavors of bitter cherry, spices and earth. Much more closed and tannic than a barrel sample I tasted in the fall of 2014. There’s nothing easy about this solidly structured Corton today.
Anticipated maturity: 2022-2032