Louis Jadot Corton-Pougets Grand Cru Domaine des Héritiers 2004, Aloxe-Corton, Burgundy, France

Drunk September 2015 @ home

The vineyard

The commune of Aloxe-Corton in the Côte de Beaune has the unusual distinction of having over half its area covered in Grand Cru vineyards.

The Grand Cru vineyard of Les Pougets is directly adjacent to Le Charlemagne climat, on the upper and mid-slope.  It is among the five vineyards of the commune in which the variegated soils, alternating between chalk and iron-rich marl, produce both Corton Pougets and Corton Charlemagne.

This wine is fermented in vats during 3-4 weeks  and aged 18-20 months in oak barrels before bottling.

2004 was a tough year for wine producers in Burgundy with outbreaks of oidium (which attacks the grape and is powdery mildew fungus that devastated the vineyards of Europe in the mid-nineteenth century) as well as a hail.

It was also cold, wet and grey during the growing season which followed a cool winter, spring being a long time arriving. The weather continued unsettled in April and May, with delayed flowering.

After this wet and cool summer, September produced the first settled period of sunny weather in 2004.  

Reds were generally poor with some exhibiting too much acidity but the best examples did show elegance and purity if handled carefully by their producers.

The wine tasting notes

This Corton-Pougets Grand Cru Domaine des Héritiers 2004 from Louis Jadot was what I would deem as OK but it did not taste like a Grand Cru from Burgundy and I think the poor vintage was certainly to blame. If you don't have the sunshine, just like in 2013, then you get too much acidity, too much flesh, not enough of the Pinot Noir fragrances and earthy characteristics with the finesse you expect. 

At the price, around £40, it was not good value for money, but such is the curse of Burgundy these days. In the poor vintages, you need to pick carefully and then cellar for a long period. Maybe I will be more excited tonight on my second try?