Walking a fine line between richness and lively structure, which provides a taut matrix for cherry, currant, floral and stone flavors, this shows poise and balance. (BS)
The 2014 Lavaux St. Jacques and Cazetiers were really showing well at the time of my visit and these may well be the finest renditions I have tasted of these two premier crus chez Rousseau. The 2014 Lavaux offers up a simply gorgeous bouquet of sappy red and black cherries, raw cocoa, black minerality, woodsmoke, gamebird and just a whisper of vanillin oak (from its one and two wine casks, as it saw no new wood). On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and beautifully sappy at the core, with lovely mineral drive on the backend, fine-grained tannins and outstanding focus and balance on the complex, creamy and vibrant finish. A beautiful wine. (Drink between 2022-2055)
This is compositionally similar to the straight Gevrey villages if perhaps slightly more complex. The cool, restrained and intensely mineral-driven medium weight flavors exude a refreshing salinity on the mildly austere, balanced, firmer and highly persistent finish.
Healthy dark red. Deep nose displays sappy, liqueur-like red fruit ripeness and an element of smoked meat. Fine-grained and saline, communicating lovely sweetness and lift to the flavors of raspberry, dried flowers and game. Nicely filled in for this wine chez Rousseau, offering an attractive crunchy fruit character. Finishes with smooth tannins and seductive lingering fruit. (ST)
Tasted blind at the Burgfest 2014 tasting, the 2014 Gevrey Chambertin 1er Cru Lavaux St Jacques has a comparatively showy and exotic bouquet, perhaps with a longer skin maceration than its peers, replete with saturated red cherry fruit and kirsch. A bit of a show-off (which is something I would not normally ascribe to Rousseau—these words written prior to knowing its identity). The palate is medium-bodied with sappy black fruit, a gentle grip in the mouth and a smooth texture. For me, it just lacks some personality and is steered more by the winemaking ideology than the terroir, a little generic compared to others in the flight. This is a capable wine but I would have wanted more. Tasted September 2017. (NM)
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