Behind the Bottle: Chateau des Jacques 2018 Moulin-à-Vent Clos de Rochegrès

Beaujolais is on a roll, not to mention the just-coming-out superb 2018s”

The 2018s “may be even better than 2015….Great vintages like these can age.”

– James Suckling

An ageworthy Moulin-à-Vent from a fantastic Beaujolais vintage

We are hearing great things about the 2018 vintage in Burgundy: the hot weather, for those who picked at just the right time, produced amazing fruit and the wines tasted from barrel are sensational.

Beaujolais to the south of the Cote d’Or enjoyed an equally fantastic vintage, with a dry, hot vintage, but with enough freshness and brightness to balance the otherwise powerful and age-worthy wines. Whilst much of Burgundy enjoyed a bumper crop as well as top quality, parts of Beaujolais were affected by mildew early in the season, which meant a smaller crop and therefore even greater concentration and freshness in the reduced quantities that remained.

Of course, when we speak of the best producers in Morgon and Moulin-à-Vent, as we do when we speak of Chateau des Jacques, we assume a level of seriousness and longevity. With its five different plots in both these top crus, Chateau des Jacques (part of the Jadot family) focuses on producing site specific, expressive and age-worthy wines. Their aim is to reflect their single vineyards and the character of each vintage in its truest form.

In 2018, Chateau des Jacques produces particularly fine wines. Picking somewhat earlier than many others in the region, they avoided any excess alcohol, with a comfortable 13 – 13.5% abv across the wines. This compares to a vintage like 2015, that saw abvs of around 14.5%.

Tasting the range in the office, we selected the Rochegrès as our favourite in the line-up. All the wines tasted were beautiful and achieved the stated aim of showing great terroir specificity, but for us Rochegrès had the edge. At 350m altitude it is one of the cooler sites, with naturally higher acidity which benefits in a warm vintage.  It has some of the oldest and most complex soil, which also lends the wine amazing structure and power. The 2018 showed wonderful lift on the palate, and a super texture – silky and plush but fresh and structured. It is known to be one of the most long-lived of all the Moulin-à-Vents and will need a few years at least to reach its peak and can then age comfortably for decades.

See our offer for the 2018 Moulin-à-Vent Clos de Rochegres, Château des Jacques here.