To mark 20 years since Louis Jadot acquired the famous Château des Jacques domaine in Beaujolais, export manager Marie-Pierre Dardouillet held a special tasting in Dublin which showed the little-known ageing ability of Jadot’s Beaujolais Cru wines.

The wines tasted in the private room of Brookwood Restaurant were nothing short of exceptional – indeed, most were hand-delivered directly from France especially for the tasting.

One stand-out bottle was a 20 year old Moulin-à-Vent, with all present confessing that none of them had tasted a Beaujolais of that age – indeed, before the event everyone admitted that they didn’t think Beaujolais could lay down for that long.

However what was experienced on the day was a vibrant, lively wine that was still chock-full of energy, a theme experienced throughout the rest of the tasting across other Beaujolais crus of varying age.

The full line-up of wines tasted on the day were:

Château des Jacques Moulin-à-Vent 1996
Château des Jacques Moulin-à-Vent Clos des Thorins 1997
Château des Jacques Moulin-à-Vent 2000
Château des Jacques Moulin-à-Vent Champ de Cour 2001
Château des Jacques Moulin-à-Vent Clos du Grand Carquelin 2002
Château des Jacques Morgon 2003
Château des Jacques Moulin-à-Vent La Roche 2004
Château des Jacques Morgon Côte du Py 2006
By the end of the tasting it was unanimously agreed that, in the hands of esteemed and skilled winemakers such as the team at Louis Jadot, Beaujolais can indeed age … and age very well at that.