Louis Jadot 2022 Mâcon Villages

Tasting notes
This wine shows floral, apple and citrus aromas with fresh, clean flavors and mineral notes. Perfect with shellfish, crab cakes or soft cheeses.

Why we recommend this wine
Light, clean, unoaked Burgundy is perfect as an aperitif. This is a good example of this type of wine.

The wine
The Mâcon Villages area is located in the southern part of Burgundy, close to the Beaujolais area. The wines are made from 100% Chardonnay grapes that are vinified with no oak contact to retain the elegant aromas and clean, fresh character that this region is prized for. The vineyard soils have a high percentage of chalk and limestone which impart nuanced minerality.

The wine estate
Maison Louis Jadot was founded in 1859 by the man whose name it bears, Louis Henry Denis Jadot. The first of his family arrived in Beaune from Belgium in 1794. The Maison remained in Family hands until 1985 when ,in order to ensure the company's future, Madame Jadot decided to sell the company to the family of Rudy Kopf, Jadot's US importer.
In order to achieve the best possible quality they have, for the past 20 years, banished all use of synthetic products (fertilisers, herbicides, etc) on their vineyards soils and have taken up traditional practices instead. Their work is done either by tractor or, for the most inaccessible vineyards, by horse. They don't work their soil deeply but prefer to concentrate on surface actions in order to preserve its innate structure. They encourage their vines to grow their roots in such a way as to enable them to mine the soil's minerality.
Jadot’s numerous long-term relationships with wine growers guarantee that the highest-quality fruit is sourced every year from vineyards across the Côte d’Or and Côte Chalonnaise. This wine was aged in French oak for 9 months to develop delightfully smooth tannins.
Jadot’s cellar practices, including long macerations, the choice of wild yeast when possible for fermentation, fermentation temperature and other winemaking methods are also designed to preserve the character of the fruit in the wines. For both red and white wines, Maison Louis Jadot places great importance on the restrained use of new oak in the aging process. Time in cask and percentage of new oak is dictated differently by each vintage. In keeping with its non-interventionist philosophy, Jadot considers that very great vintages, complete and harmonious by themselves, require minimum contact with new oak.

Food and wine
Being a light wine with lemon hints it matches lobster, crab and grilled fish such as sole. It pairs well with soft cheeses that have subtle flavours such as brie. Also see our guide to pairing food and wine here.

Did you know?
Jadot follows an expensive practice called réplis, in which wines of a higher appellation are incorporated into a wine bearing the appellation below them thus improving their quality. Beacuse of strict French wine laws about how many hectolitres of wine are allowed to be produced per hectare in bountiful years all winemakers practice réplis. Thus if you know your vintages you can pick up everyday wines that are fabulous because they contain wine from the winemakers better vineyards.