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Wine Spectator: Straight Talk With Jadot President Pierre-Henry Gagey

July 7, 2020

Pierre-Henry Gagey is president of Maison Louis Jadot, perhaps the most recognized Burgundy brand in the U.S. Part of the Kobrand portfolio, Louis Jadot saw U.S. volume increase 2.5% to 420,000 cases last year, according to Impact Databank, even as French wines became the target of 25% tariffs in the long-running U.S.-E.U. trade dispute over aircraft subsidies. Gagey recently spoke with Wine Spectator senior editor Bruce Sanderson on Instagram Live series Straight Talk with Wine Spectator, sponsored by Wine Access.

“We have been fortunate,” Gagey said of market conditions during the pandemic. “Of course we have lost the business with restaurants, hotels, and airlines, and consumers have changed the way they’re buying wine, but we export to many countries, and overall it’s been better than expected,” he noted, citing ongoing progress in export markets like the U.S., U.K., Canada, Norway, Sweden, and Japan. “The feeling in Burgundy is positive.”

Gagey also touched on the development of Jadot’s Oregon brand, Resonance. “When we decided to do something outside Burgundy, we knew we wanted to make Pinot Noir of the highest quality. California of course can produce super Pinot Noir, New Zealand, but the reason we chose Oregon was because the behavior there is the same as in Burgundy. The people, the growers, they are farmers like we are, and we share the same philosophy of finesse, delicacy, and beauty. We’ve had six vintages now, and we love it.”

Straight Talk with Wine Spectator continues tonight at 7pm ET when executive editor Thomas Matthews hosts Grand Award-winning chef Charlie Palmer. Palmer’s restaurants in New York, Washington, D.C., Nevada and California wine country hold seven Wine Spectator Restaurant Awards. Thursday, July 9, at 7pm, Straight Talk will host Chris Carpenter, winemaker at Jackson Family Wines. Carpenter focuses on Jackson Family’s high-end, small-production labels like Lokoya, Mt. Brave, La Jota, and Cardinale.—Daniel Marsteller

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