This is a wonderfully dense, layered expression of the terroir with flavours of liquorice, plum, black cherry and strawberry, granular tannins and laser-like focus and precision. Drinking window 2025-2032. (TA)
The 2017 Gevrey-Chambertin Clos Saint-Jacques 1er Cru has a finely chiseled, precise bouquet with perfumed red cherry and crushed strawberry scents loaded with minerals. This is one of the most transparent Clos Saint-Jacques that I have tasted from Fourrier. The palate is medium-bodied with fleshy ripe tannins on the entry. This is very focused, maybe a little leaner than the 2015 (recently tasted) but with a scintillating finish of white pepper-tinged red fruit that lingers in the mouth for 45 seconds. Superb. [Readers should note that this may include part of the cuvée currently being matured in amphora. Trials will begin in early 2019 to assess whether that will be done - Jean-Marie Fourrier seemed 50/50 at the time of my visit.] (NM)
Fourrier's 2017 Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Clos Saint-Jacques is showing beautifully, wafting from the glass with scents of dark berries, cherries, black truffles, forest floor and peonies, framed by a discreet touch of new wood. Medium to full-bodied, layered and velvety, it's deep and succulent, with fine concentration, exquisitely refined tannins and a long, sapid finish. (WK)
The 2017 Clos St. Jacques was also still a bit grumpy about being tasted, but all of the pieces are in place here for a great wine down the road. The bouquet was spot on at the time of my visit and truly beautiful, offering up scents of sappy red and black cherries, a brambly touch of black raspberry, grilled meats, dark soil tones, woodsmoke, a lovely spice element and spicy oak. On the palate the wine is more closed than any of the other premier crus in the cellar today, with excellent mid-palate depth, ripe, well-integrated tannins and impressive length and grip on the still very primary finish. I am sure this will be a great wine. 2028-2065+.
A more elegant and spicier nose consists of red and dark currant aromas laced with a plenitude of spice and floral whiffs. The super-sleek, intense and gorgeously textured medium weight flavors that are penetratingly mineral-driven display excellent depth and persistence. With all of those attributes duly noted, at this stage at least this is not necessarily more interesting than the Combe aux Moines though that of course could well change by the time these both arrive at their full maturities.
Complex aroma that is not only suggestive of small, tiny tangy cherries but also a touch of spice and just a slight floral sweetness. Quite tight on the palate but fluid at the core with that red fruit and silkiness and as it opens it seems to get a little more smoky and savoury. Very complex and hard to describe as it unfolds: many facets. Almost sour in its fluent fresh finish. Finest of tannins. (JH) 17.5/20
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