Maison Louis Jadot is one of the largest, most recognized and important producers of wine in France. Since 1859, they have crafted nothing but Burgundy wine out of their facility in Beaune. So, it came as some surprise to the greater wine community when it was announced in 2013 that they would be acquiring vineyard property in the Willamette Valley of Oregon. Much like the story of Domaine Drouhin, this move continues a now-ongoing tradition of famed Burgundy producers finding green pastures across the Atlantic in the humble hills of Oregon. The site that was settled on was the Résonance Vineyard deep in the Yamhill-Carlton District – a 20-acre site that had been planted in 1981, and farmed organically without irrigation. The arrival of Jadot is just another chapter in the story that underscores that fact that Oregon has now unquestionably taken its place on the world stage for top-tier production of Pinot Noir.
Although the Résonance Vineyard is their flagship, they have also acquired a lovely site in the Dundee Hills to serve as a contrast to their home site. The Découverte Vineyard boasts the famous bright red Jory soils the Dundee Hills are famous for, and offers a lovely contrast to the Sedimentary soils of the Résonance site.
From the Winery:
The grapes are handpicked in the heart of the rolling landscape of the Dundee Hills wine region and defined by the red-fruit character and freshness typical of their volcanic Jory soils. At The Winery, the grapes are hand-sorted, and fermentation and maceration takes place in small lots, to retain the natural, original character of the site and vintage.
A brilliant and nice ruby-red color. The nose is delicate, floral, and fruity, with tart red fruit, wild flowers, and noble wood. The wine is fine, subtle in the mouth. The tension is balanced by a delicate tannic structure, and the palate is full of fruits—raspberry, strawberry, blackberry—and spices, including pepper and clove. Minerality dominates a long and elegant finale.
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