2012 Domaine Louis Jadot Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru "Estournelles St-Jacques"

SKU #1183485 92-94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2012 Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Estournelles Saint-Jacques has a more expressive bouquet than the Lavaux at the moment, instantly revealing lush raspberry coulis and smudged strawberry scents interlaced with tertiary scents. The palate is tense and vibrant on the entry, underpinned by succulent tannins around a core of blackberry, Morello and redcurrant fruit struck through with a citric acidity. This is a classy, delicious Gevrey-Chambertin that will repay cellaring. (NM)  (12/2013)

92-94 points Vinous

 The 2012 Gevrey-Chambertin Estournelles Saint Jacques is lifted fragrant and exceptionally polished. Crushed flowers, mint, licorice, small red berries and leather inform a lilting, suave Gevrey that impresses for its overall balance. Sweet red cherries, mint, crushed flowers are woven into the silky, inviting finish. There is a lot to like here, including the wine's early accessibility. (AG)  (1/2014)

91-93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Good bright, dark red. Deeper-pitched but less expressive and perfumed on the nose than the Lavaux, showing reticent aromas of redcurrant, mocha and minerals. Suave on entry, then sharply defined, minerally and classically dry in the middle. Less obviously ripe than the Lavaux but the fine-grained tannins show a seamless quality. (ST)  (1/2014)

90-92 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 There is enough wood to notice but not to dominate the cool, pure and reserved aromas of both red and dark currant, earth and plenty of wet stone character. The latter element can be found on the mineral-driven but equally restrained middle weight flavors that possess a velvety mouth feel before culminating in a mouth coating, balanced and solidly persistent finish  (4/2014)

K&L Notes

Located above Lavaux St-Jacques and next to Clos St-Jacques, this vineyard has white marl and shallow topsoil, reuslting in a finer and more elegant character, with lovely aromatics. Polish, focus and a transparent quality are hallmarks of this site.

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Pinot Noir

- One of France's most legendary grapes and the grape that earned Burgundy its reputation. The parent of varietals like Pinot Gris/Grigio and Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir is blue to violet to indigo in color with relatively thin skins, and it is said to have been cultivated in France for more than 2,000 years. At its best, Pinot Noir creates elegant wines that are filled with primary red fruit aromas and flavors while young, revealing with an array of secondary characteristics like earth, smoke, violet, truffle and game with age. The varietal is also known, perhaps better than any, for its ability to translate terroir, or a sense of place. While the best Pinot Noir still comes from Burgundy, it is being produced with increasing success in cooler climates around the world. In France, it is part of the trifecta of grapes that can go into Champagne, and it is also grown in Alsace, Irancy, Jura, Savoie, Lorraine and Sancerre. Outside of France it is produced under the names Pinot Nero and Blauburgunder in Italy's mountainous regions, as Spätburgunder in Germany and as Blauburgunder in Austria. In the US, Pinot Noir has found suitable growing conditions in the cooler parts of California, including Carneros, the Russian River Valley, the Anderson Valley, the Sonoma Coast, Monterey County, the Santa Lucia Highlands and Santa Barbara County, as well as in Oregon's Willamette Valley. In recent years, New Zealand has demonstrated its ability to interpret this hard-to-grow varietal, with successful bottlings coming from careful and attentive growers in Central Otago, Martinborough and Canterbury. Chile is also an up-and-coming region for Pinot Noir, creating fresh, fruit-forward, early-drinking and affordable Pinots from the coastal Casablanca Valley and the Limari Valley.


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Gevrey Chambertin

- For many wine aficionados, Gevrey Chambertin is the northernmost end of the true Côte d'Or. The largest of all of the communes, it has 9 Grands Crus (Chambertin, Chambertin Clos de Bèze, Chapelle Chambertin, Charmes Chambertin, Griotte Chambertin, Latricieres Chambertin, Mazy Chambertin, Mazoyeres Chambertin and Ruchottes Chambertin). The best Premier Cru wines come form the vineyards nestled along a hill to the west of the village. The Grands Crus are planted in compacted limestone, while the soils in the rest of the village vary as to their clay content. If we are to characterize broadly, the wines are powerful, muscular and need time in the bottle to develop.