The 2005 Clos St. Jacques is, not surprisingly, the best of a very stellar lineup of Gevrey premier crus in the Fourrier cellars this year. The bouquet is deep and beautifully complex for such a young wine, as it offers up a mélange of black cherries, red plums, cocoa, grilled meats, blood orange, a strikingly complex base of soil nuance, woodsmoke, mustard seed, roses and perhaps a whisper of vanillin oak. On the palate the wine is full-bodied, deep and gloriously pure, with great mid-palate depth, impeccable balance, laser-like focus, fine-grained tannins, and haunting length and complexity on the transparent and intensely flavored finish. Brilliant. Drink between 2015-2050.
Fourrier’s 2005 Gevrey-Chambertin Clos St.-Jacques reveals a gorgeous aroma of black fruits, rose, truffle, tea and musk, a marrowy, creamy richness of texture, and a riveting finishing complexity of fruit, meat, flowers, pungent spices and minerals. If this is not a case of progression into the territory of grand cru quality, I don’t know what is. I would plan to start following this from ten years out and anticipate at least a second decade of improvement. (DS)
Like many '05s at this stage in their evolution this remains reserved and tight but the concentration and balance is seriously impressive. That said, the reserved nose, while offering glimpses of what is to come, is still notably closed and the supporting tannins shaping the impressively scaled flavors remain markedly firm. I remain highly optimistic that in time this is going to be a genuinely great Clos St. Jacques but for now it's basically infanticide, and this is true even with extended aeration. I would advise just letting this slumber away for the better part of another decade as it's going to need it but when it finally matures, we're in for a real treat!
Good deep red. Knockout nose combines raspberry, mocha, roast coffee, game and minerals, accented by mint and oak spice. The palate offers a lush wall of thick fruit that saturates the entire palate without leaving any impression of weight. This densely packed beauty finishes extremely long and smooth, with utterly suave tannins and superb aromatic lift. (ST) 94+
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