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Tasting Notes for Beaune Clos des Ursules - Jadot, Louis, 1996:
The dark ruby/purple-colored Beaune Clos Des Ursules has a delightful violet, blackberry, blueberry, stone and earth-infused nose. This wine's medium-to-full body, silky, and deeply sweet personality is replete with candied red fruits, and possesses a firm structure. It is less lush or dense than the superb 1990, but is the finest Clos Des Ursules since that great wine was crafted by Lardiere. Projected maturity: 2001-2006.
Wine lovers have come to expect first rate Beaunes from the Gagey-Lardiere team at Maison Jadot, and that's exactly what they delivered in 1996. The bright sunny days of September allowed the vines on these hillside vineyards to attain full physiological ripeness, which is not an annual occurrence in these cool sites.
The score, on a range and in parentheses, indicates that the wine was tasted from barrel.
"I am in love with this vintage's purity and its touch of tension," said Pierre-Henri Gagey, Maison Louis Jadot's director. Jacques Lardiere, this negociant house's talented winemaker, shares Gagey's enthusiasm for the 1996s, feeling they beautifully reflect their respective terroirs.
Lardiere bled (a technique of removing the watery juice of a light pressing to increase concentration) many of the 1996s, "but never more than 10%," and performed a 28 to 35 day cuvaison in order to extract a maximum amount of flavor, color, and aromas while softening the tannins. These wines will neither be fined nor filtered prior to bottling. Robert Parker Wine Advocate
Parker Points: 88-91
Drinking Period: 2001-2006