Louis Jadot 2022 "Combe aux Jacques" Beaujolais-Villages

Tasting notes
Fresh, full of fruit, light easy drinking. Perfect with paté, charcuterie and lots of crusty French bread. Serve chilled.

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

The wine
The Beaujolais Villages "Combe aux Jacques" is vinified the same as the other wines from the region: with a semi carbonic maceration. The long maceration will allow a good extraction. The wine will have a good structure and will therefore be able to age several years.
Jadot's Beaujolais Villages yield comes from three sources. One portion comes from the Régnié cru, another portion they purchase from quality wine makers, and the last portion they purchase grapes and vinify them in their winery in the south of Beaujolais. Louis Jadot is the only negociant buying grapes and vinifiying them themselves.

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
This Beaujolais Villages "Combe aux Jacques" must be drunk quite cool in order to protect the delicious aromas of fruit and the delicate freshness that characterize this wine; fresh, full of fruit, light easy drinking, goes well with tomato based dishes. 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.