The 2015 Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Les Cazetiers perhaps does not quite deliver the same precision and elegance on the nose as the Lavaux St-Jacques, though there are still plenty of attractive raspberry, red cherry and crushed strawberry notes to enjoy. It "sings" as soon as it enters the glass. The palate is well balanced with good structure, perhaps more density here than the aforementioned premier cru, bridled with blood orange and touches of white pepper, notwithstanding a little sinew on the finish. It exhibits impressive length and should give two decades of drinking pleasure.(NM)
The restrained and ultra-cool nose is slightly more deeply pitched and is composed primarily by notes of red currant, cassis, plum and plenty of earth and game scents. There is more evident muscle to the bigger and more muscular medium-bodied flavors that once again exude evident minerality that carries over to the powerful, dense, serious and impressively persistent finish. Patience.
Out of the blocks, the 2015 Rousseau Cazetiers is every bit as expressive as the Lavaux St. Jacques, but it is a touch more reserved in personality on the palate today. The bouquet is beautiful, offering up scents of cherries, red plums, violets, grilled meats, a touch of spice, dark soil tones and cocoa. On the palate the wine is pure, full-bodied and beautifully focused, with sappy mid-palate depth, a great base of soil, suave tannins, very promising complexity and a long, tangy and elegant finish. Another stellar premier cru in the making. (Drink between 2023-2060)
Full medium red. A bit more medicinal on the nose than the Lavaux, without quite as much lift. Then creamy but classically dry in the middle, with its strawberry and raspberry fruit flavors a bit shortened on the back end by rather strong tannins for a young Rousseau wine. Fuller-bodied than the Lavaux Saint-Jacques but a bit musclebound today.-- Stephen Tanzer
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