Wine Review: 2006 Louis Jadot Bourgogne Rouge (Pinot Noir)


Little bit of helpful information first. This is a Burgundy (in French, “Bourgogne”) wine, from, you guessed it, the Burgundy region of France. Red Burgundy wine from France is always Pinot Noir. Many Americans are used to seeing a bottle of wine (typically a gallon-sized jug) that says “Burgundy” on it and may think that it simply means red wine. However, Burgundy is a region, not a grape, and many of the jug wine/mass producers will simply call a mix of cheap red wine “Burgundy.” Also, it’s very doubtful that there is any Pinot Noir in the jug “Burgundy,” so if you can spare a few extra dollars, get a real French Burgundy like this instead. Always remember, if it is called “Burgundy,” but not from France, it’s not going to be very good at all, no matter what the price. Also, don’t be fooled by the “Imported From France” note some bottles have; go for a label that’s in French (I just sometimes go for what I can’t read).

Bad News First: Nothing. Move along.

Now The Good: Louis Jadot is one of the top producers in France. Their wines are consistently well-crafted and almost always appear on “Top-Ten Lists” every year. What that basically means is that if you find one for less than $20, odds are you will enjoy it…if you like Pinot Noir. The flavor of this is much more subtle and understated, as Pinot Noir should be. This isn’t a BIG BOLD RED. Less fruity and more earthy, vegetable-type flavors, which is something we really enjoy. Slight smoke and wood, caramel, and with a long finish. This should be opened and left for a little while before enjoying.

With Food: Wood-grilled meats and vegetables. Grilled fish is as low as you should go, preferably Ahi Tuna. No shellfish. Or, as with a lot of these kinds of wines, this can be enjoyed on it’s own too.

$14.49 at

Louis Jadot website

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2 Responses to “Wine Review: 2006 Louis Jadot Bourgogne Rouge (Pinot Noir)”

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  2. Bill Andersoot Says:
    April 14, 2012 at 9:00 pm

    Great advice. My experience is that most Americans want Pinots to be Chardonnay Lite. That’s not what they are, and it’s difficult to find knowledgeable reviews as a consequence. Pinots are Pinots. Either you “get” them or you don’t. Obviously you get them.

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