Jacques Lardière Technical Director at Louis JadotWe’ve asked Jacques Lardière, Technical Director at Burgundy powerhouse Louis Jadot for his unique take on the wine world…

Q. What are the hardest, and most enjoyable, challenges of being a wine producer in Burgundy?
A. The huge diversity of Burgundy and the fascination that by planting a single grape variety one can bring the fields to life. This is one of life’s most important lessons.

Q. As one of the largest producers in Burgundy, what are Jadot’s key strengths?
A. The major strength of Jadot is the determination to put wines on the market that are truly representative of the quality that can be produced throughout Burgundy.

Jadot_NewWineryQ. How do you see the future of wine production in your region?
A. Hopefully if everyone plays the game of quality and responsibility, then the future for Burgundy should be bright. There might be a short period of doubt, but in the end wine lovers will always want to rediscover their interest in classic Burgundy wines. We have already seen some people abandonning our wines in an attempt to discover new horizons, and in the end they tend to come back to Burgundy with a sense of jubilation.

Jadot_Clos_VougeotQ. What are your favourite grape varieties and why?
A. The relationship between Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. These two grape varieties are blessed with the most extraordinary molecular structure which opens the door to the most amazing aromatic spectrum.

Q. Is there ever a day when you don’t really feel like having a glass of wine?
A. No, never ! Wine is the most complete of all foods and also the most easily assimiliated (of course when consumed in moderation!).

Mâcon Rouges ‘Les Roches Rouges’ 2009, Louis Jadot
£9.99 or £7.49* when you buy 2 bottles
An enticing nose of redcurrant and raspberry with a well-balanced palate and a fresh finish. The perfect red for white meat.

Mâcon-Villages ‘Les Roches Blanches’ 2009, Louis Jadot
£9.99 or £7.49* when you buy 2 bottles
Subtle green apple and pear flavours with a pleasant minerally finish. This is the perfect apéritif, but will also partner white fish dishes well.

Bourgogne Chardonnay 2008, Château des Jacques, Louis Jadot
£11.99 or £9.99* when you buy 2 bottles
Rich and complex, with ripe peach fruit and a perfectly integrated citrus acidity. Try with a selection of cured sausages and creamy cheeses.

Beaune 1er Cru Rouge 2007, Louis Jadot
£19.99 or £14.99* when you buy 2 bottles
Hints of violets on the nose are followed by delicious savoury, fleshy redcurrant fruit on the palate, held together with remarkably approachable tannins.

Pernand-Vergelesses Blanc 2007/08, Louis Jadot
£19.99 or £14.99* when you buy 2 bottles
Medium-bodied with crisp fruit and nutty complexity, this will happily develop further complexity with increased bottle ageing. Best enjoyed with fish in a white sauce, poultry and goat cheeses.

*Prices are valid from 02 November 2010 to 31 January 2011.

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