Worcester Cathedral, in the pleasant county of my birth, dates to 1084.
Burgundy was already famed for its wines by this time. There are church records that mention donations of vines between the villages of Aloxe and Pernand by Charlemagne to the Abbey of St. Andoche in Saulieu in the eighth century.
Maison Louis Jadot was established in Beaune in 1859, at about the time that Worcester Cathedral was being restored by Sir George Gilbert Scott, architect of the Midland Grand Hotel at St Pancras Station, among many famous buildings built by him.
The 42-acre Clos de la Roche vineyard is in the north of Morey-Saint-Denis, close to the Grands Crus vineyards of Gevrey-Chambertin, and yields about 60,000 bottles per year.
Jadot does not own vines in Clos de la Roche, hence the wine is bottled as plain “Louis Jadot” – as contrasted to wines made from Jadot’s own vineyards, which are labelled as “Domaine Louis Jadot”.
French winemakers say “Août fait le moût” (“August makes the must”) and this was rarely truer than in August 2009, when Burgundy basked in sunshine – with the occasional (and very welcome) drop of rain – to ripen the Pinot Noir grapes perfectly for the harvest in early September. It’s a mighty fine Burgundy vintage.
Six bottles left here of 2009 Clos de la Roche – if they’re not enjoyed next to the River Severn in the meantime…