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. *outstanding*
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)
Domaine Armand Rousseau's 2015 Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Les Cazetiers reveals a lifted—even high-toned—bouquet of red cherry, cassis, grilled meat and rose hip. On the palate, the wine is simultaneously more structurally polished and more tensile than the Lavaux Saint-Jacques, with a bright line of acidity, good concentration and length and a chalky, even mineral finish. To my palate, the Cazetiers' seemingly greater incisiveness and depth gives it the edge over the Lavaux this year. (WK)
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. (ST)
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