We found some ex-cellar Grand Cru Magnums from Louis Jadot from the excellent 2009 vintage in our search to bring older bottles to our clients. Louis Jadot has proven over their lifespan that while they are a big production their, attention to detail in the vineyard and in the cellar is quite remarkable. Winemaker Frederic Barnier is a great winemaker, and the sheer scope of wines that he works within a given vintages makes him even more impressive, but his famed predecessor Jacques Lardiere also would have had a hand in the 2009 vintage, which makes this rather special. 2009 was an excellent vintage that was warm which meant that producers needed to time their harvest properly, with some picking too late and some too early, resulting in a lack of acidity or ripeness. Jadot hit it on the head in 2009, and this expresses the best of the vintage without being over the top showing excellent richness, concentration, and power while still having the acidity to bring lift and energy to it all. Les Pougets is a Grand Cru site located next to Corton-Charlemagne, with a tiny percentage producing Chardonnay, but it's mostly known for its Pinot Noir. Allen Meadows, in his review, calls the Pougets one of the best Grand Cru bargains; Tanzer, the best bottle of Pougets he has tried; and John Gilman says it is like 1990 and will be great with age. These are key points to why this is such a great buy and it being in rare magnum format only makes it more appealing. As mentioned, these are ex-Domaine bottles released from the Jadot and, at the moment, are the only bottles of 2009 Pougets available, entering an excellent spot for enjoyment now.
Allen Meadows 92-94 points! "This is notably more complex than the Corton-Grèves because even though the noses are similar, there is more breadth here and just a touch more evident ripeness as well. There is excellent richness to the velvet-textured and more obvious mineral-driven flavors that coat the mouth with dry extract on the satisfying, long and equally complex finish. This is a classic Pougets in style if a bit riper than is typical. Note too that as grand cru pricing and value goes, Jadot's Pougets is consistently one of the top bargains.(Drink starting 2021)"
Vinous (Stephan Tanzer) 93 points! "Medium red with a faint hint of amber at the rim. A ripe coulis of cherry and raspberry on the nose; more red than black in its fruit expression but a touch roasted compared to the 2010, with complicating menthol and spice qualities. Wonderfully plush, plump wine with serious middle-palate richness and sweetness. Boasts terrific thickness and volume without loss of energy, even if it doesn't convey the clarity or treble notes of the less-ripe years. This strikes me as even bigger than the young 2015 even if it doesn't have quite that wine's intensity or high pitch. A distinctly solid vintage of Pougets, finishing with substantial dusty tannins, but its sheer sweetness will allow for relatively early drinking. Finishes with a minty nuance that leavens its thickness. This is the best--and lushest--bottle of this wine that I have tasted to date. (Drink between 2019-2036)"
John Gilman 92+ points! "The 2009 Corton “Pougets” is a ripe (but not overripe) example of the 2009 vintage that will be outstanding with sufficient bottle age. The black fruity nose offers up scents of black cherries, dark chocolate, stony minerality, coffee bean, game and new oak. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and packed at the core with pure black fruit, with ripe tannins, lovely focus and fine length and grip on the chewy finish. This will probably be quite 1990-like in profile at its apogee.(Drink between 2022-2075)"