2011 Louis Jadot Steel Chardonnay

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Top white Burgundy from the Grand Cru and Premier Cru vineyard sites is highly prized, sought after and scarce, hence outside the reach of most wine drinkers. 

Thankfully regional and commune Burgundy wines keep getting better and better.This week’s special find is the 2011 Louis Jadot Steel Chardonnay, a regional unoaked Bourgogne Blanc that is bright and refreshing, brimming with juicy flavor and perfect for any spring lunch or dinner.

It has an attractive pale lemony-gold color. The nose is focused, very pure with well-defined fresh aromas of apple, pear and grapefruit with nuances of flinty minerality. Crisp and refreshing, it has a lovely nervy tension on the palate, even though it is a ‘mere’ Bourgogne Blanc and the flavors, which mirror the nose, have well-grounded intensity. A little more creaminess on the mid-palate adds richness and flesh to the texture. Moderately long, refreshing finish.

At the Table: This 2011 Jadot Steel Chardonnay is a great all-rounder when it comes to fitting in at the table. It will work with a host of fish – raw or grilled as well as many variations of roast chicken. It is also delicious with Leela Cyd’s recipe for Lemony Pesto Pasta with Edamame and Almonds.  You should try it — the unoaked flavors of the wine really do bring out all the bright flavors in the dish.

About Maison Louis Jadot and this 2011 Louis Jadot Steel Chardonnay: Maison Louis Jadot is one of the most well known, important and respected wine producers and négociants in Burgundy. The house was founded way back in 1859 and since then has been making a wide range of red and white Burgundy wines from Chablis in the north through the famed Côte d’Or and the Côte Chalonnaise and on down to the Mâconnais and Beaujolais.

Monsieur Jacques Lardière, one of Burgundy’s finest winemakers and certainly one of the most internationally well known was at the winemaking helm of Louis Jadot for over 40 years (1971 to 2013). Today it is his very capable and talented protégée Frédéric Barnier, who holds the reins and the responsibility for ensuring the continued success of Maison Louis Jadot.

This 2011 Steel Chardonnay (screwcap closure) is so named because it sees no oak treatment at all. It is 100% fermented in stainless steel to preserve its youthful and lively freshness. 

Mary Gorman-McAdams, MW (Master of Wine), is a New York based wine educator, freelance writer and consultant. In 2012 she was honored as a Dame Chevalier de L’Ordre des Coteaux de Champagne.