75cl * 13.0% ABV * Côte de Beaune, Burgundy, France
Louis Jadot's "Les Combottes" is a beautiful Burgundy wine from vines located rather high on the hill of Pernand-Vergelesses, abounding Côtes de Beaune, overlooking the world famous Corton hill. The 2018 vintage was probably the most successful vintage since 2015, with some growers harping back to 1990 and even 1947. However, unlike both these vintages, the yields were kind to the growers with the perfect weather conditions from bud break through to harvest.
The excellent levels of ripeness achieved from this stellar weather have created a white wine that is both rich and opulent but balanced by appropriate levels of freshness. The grapes were hand harvested and pressed right away, then aged for 15 months on fine lees in French oak barrels (a third of which were new), from Jadot’s own cooperage, lending the wine a very obvious luxuriance. Aromas of citrus and ripe tropical fruit; mango and pineapple, are balanced by a clean, fresh minerality. This continues on the palate, which is soft with complex hazelnut and lemon.
The colder a wine is served, the sharper and leaner it will appear, so to appreciate its many layers and elements, we recommend you don’t serve this wine too cold. A versatile food wine, this will pair well with richer dishes such as chicken and mushroom stroganoff, goats cheese, but also seafood, sushi, spring rolls, ceviche, salmon tartare, yakitori, and will cut through tempura vegetables particularly courgette fritters, fish and chips.
Drinking now until 2038.