Thursday, April 6, 2023

A Journey through Bourgogne with Louis Jadot - Tasting at the Washington Wine and Cheese Seminar Presented by Annette Schiller, ombiasy WineTours, and Thibaud Marquis, Louis Jadot

A Journey through Bourgogne with Louis Jadot: Annette Schiller, ombiasy WineTours, and Thibaud Marquis, Louis Jadot, presented 5 wines of Louis Jadot at the weekly tasting of the Washington Wine and Cheese Seminar (WWCS), ranging from regional wines to ultra-premium single vineyard wines, white and red. The wines were well received and the presentation highly appreciated by about 75 interested participants.

We will visit Louis Jadot soon on the forthcoming Bourgogne and Champagne Tour by ombiasy WineTours. Hopefully Thibault will be there at the time and can be our host.

See: Announcement: Burgundy and Champagne 2023: 12-day Total Immersion - From Lyon to Paris by ombiasy WineTours

The tour is fully booked (12 participants).


Next Tuesday, March 28, we will have our first tasting in a long time of wines from Burgundy. Annette Schiller, who presented wines from Austria in February, is back to bring us these wines.  She will be accompanied by Thibaud Marquis, the manager of the Louis Jadot portfolio in the United States. Annette has worked very hard to bring us these wines at a price the class can afford.

Burgundy is one of the world’s best-known wine areas producing some of the world’s most sought-after wines which achieve dizzying prices on the world market. But perhaps Burgundy is one of the least understood wine regions.

Burgundy is the most terroir-oriented region in France. Immense attention is paid to the area of origin, as opposed to Bordeaux, where classifications are producer-driven and awarded to individual châteaux. In Burgundy a specific vineyard or region will bear a given classification, regardless of the owner or producer. Secularization during Napoleonic times and the Napoleonic inheritance law led to a subdivision of even the most precious vineyards so that some growers hold only a row or two of vines. Clos de Vougeot for example is a vineyard of 130 acres today parceled into plots owned by 80 different owners. This led to the emergence of wine merchants, the “ Négociants" who aggregate the produce of many growers to make a single wine. In Burgundy it is easily recognizable on the label if the wine is produced from purchased fruit or from estate grown fruit. If the fruit is purchased, the label says: “Maison” followed by the name of the winery. If the fruit is estate grown, the label says: “Domaine” followed by the name of the winery.

Burgundy with its 80,000 acres under vine represents just 3% of of the French vineyard surface area. The core of the Burgundy region is divided into five appelations from north to south: Chablis, a predominantly white wine region; Côte de Nuits, predominantly red with the world-famous Grands Crus such as La Tache, Romanée Conti, Clos de Vougeot, etc; Côte de Beaune, red and white, including the world’s most expensive white wine, the Grand Cru Montrachet as well as the famous Grand Cru Charlemagne. Côte de Nuits and Côte de Beaune together form the so called ‘Côte d’Or’, where the Grand Crus are located. Côte Chalonnaise and the Mâconnais follow further south and transition into the Beaujolais. According to the French land registry Beaujolais belongs to the Burgundy region. When we talk about Burgundy here I am referring to the 5 core regions. Nearly all white Burgundy is Chardonnay with only 6% Aligoté planted. Red Burgundy is almost 100% Pinot Noir, with a small amount of Gamay. There also is 3% ‘Passetoutgrain’, which is a blend of Pinot Noir and Gamay. 

Burgundy has a 2000 year long history of winemaking. Since the 9-hundreds AD Cistercian monks worked the soils in Burgundy acquiring viticultural knowledge which brought winemaking to a different quality level. Cistercian monks were also instrumental in spreading the art of winemaking to other parts in Europe.  

During next Tuesday’s tasting we will have 5 wines from Louis Jadot - 2 Chardonnays and 3 Pinot Noirs from the different Burgundy regions. Louis Jadot is an iconic estate with an iconic logo - the Bachus head. Founded in 1859 Louis Jadot has become one of the most trusted and revered wine houses in Burgundy’s Côte d’Or. Louis Jadot produces wines under the “Maison Louis Jadot” label as well as “Domaine” labels. They own 528 acres of vineyards, including 280 acres of the Cote d’Or’s most prestigious Premier and Grand Cru plots. 

The Wines

Announcement: Burgundy and Champagne 2023: 12-day Total Immersion - From Lyon to Paris by ombiasy WineTours 

The last Burgundy and Champagne Tour by ombiasy WineTours took place in 2018.


Burgundy (and Champagne) Tour 2018 by ombiasy WineTours: From Lyon to Paris - Wine, Food, Culture and History, France

The next Burgundy and Champagne Tour by ombiasy WineTours will take place in July 2023. The tour is fully booked.


Announcement: Burgundy and Champagne 2023: 12-day Total Immersion - From Lyon to Paris by ombiasy WineTours

Our way of traveling allows wine lovers to fully experience the greater Burgundy area and to get a good idea about Champagne making. What comes to your mind, when you hear ‘Burgundy’? First class Chardonnay and Pinot Noir; ancient history; world-renowned vineyards; Cistercian monks; 1000 year old abbeys; quaint small wine villages; the Hospice de Beaune; good cuisine. All this applies and we will explore in detail these different aspects during our tour through Burgundy and the Champagne region. 
We start in vibrant, cool, sophisticated Lyon, the capital of Haut Cuisine, travel through Beaujolais, and work our way up to the north - nothing else makes sense, since we all want the suspense finishing with the famous 'Grand Cru' regions - visiting the Mâconnais, the Côte Chalonnaise, traveling through the most famous white wine vineyards in the Côte de Beaune, to the world famous red wine vineyards in the Côte de Nuits, to Chablis and finally crossing into the Champagne region, and spending the last two nights in the world's capital of bubblies - Épernay. 
The tour ends in Paris. We will travel through beautiful vine-ribboned countryside dotted with witnesses of the great history of the Burgundy and Champagne region. 

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