Like the Chambertin and Clos de Bèze, the Clos St. Jacques was raised in eighty percent new wood in 2013. The wine is stunning and nicely reserved on both the nose and palate, as it offers up a quite primary bouquet of red and black cherries, grilled meat, a touch of currant leaf, woodsmoke, raw cocoa, a stunningly complex base of soil and nutty new oak. On the palate the wine is pure, full-bodied and like the Clos des Ruchottes, quite tightly-knit out of the blocks. The wine has a great sappy core of fruit, outstanding complexity of soil, fine-grained tannins and stellar length and grip on the tangy and very soil-driven finish. This will be brilliant wine, but at least a decade in the cellar is going to be mandatory. (Drink between 2023-2065)
Good deep red. Much less reduced on the nose than Ruchottes, offering captivating, high-pitched perfume of raspberry, rose petal, blood orange and crushed stone. On the palate, the tangy raspberry, red cherry and mineral flavors show a penetrating character and superb lift without any weightiness or hardness. Finishes with very fine-grained tannins and mounting floral perfume. This brisk, cool, aristocratic wine is built for a graceful evolution in bottle. (ST)
This is notably ripe with its expressive and attractively cool nose of black cherry and raspberry, earth, floral and discreet spice elements. The palate impression is impressively rich with excellent volume along with plenty of the hallmark minerality suffusing the sleek, refined and gorgeously long if markedly firm finish. This terrific effort displays a really lovely interplay between power and finesse and I particularly like the harmony of structural elements. *Outstanding* Drink: 2030+
Tasted blind at the Burgfest tasting in Beaune, the 2013 Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Clos Saint-Jacques from Rousseau has an elegant bouquet with pure red cherry, sous-bois and rose petal scents that blossom in the glass. Just gorgeous! The palate is very well balanced with crisp tannin, very well judged acidity with raspberry, redcurrant and plenty of spice towards the beautifully composed, elegant but quite powerful finish. Top class. (NM)
They have more than 2 ha. 70% new oak. Very complex and intellectual somehow. Beautiful fruit palate entry and then layers of lusciousness but nothing simple and sweet. Refined and perfectly balanced. Still to put on a bit of flesh but beautifully long. So complete and lifts above the crowd. Builds on the finish. Peacock’s tail. Drink 2025-2045. (JR) 18.5/20
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