2014 Domaine Armand Rousseau Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru "Clos St-Jacques" (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1264077 95-97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2014 Gevrey Chambertin 1er Cru Clos Saint Jacques will be aged in 80% new oak, although my sample came from a new barrel. It has a very perfumed, voluminous bouquet with billowing red berry fruit, rose petals and subtle flinty aromas. The palate is medium-bodied with a fine saline entry. You can feel the mouth tingling here with wonderful tension and poise on the sustained finish. This is a more linear "CSJ" than recent vintages, but no less entrancing. It challenges the Clos de Bèze for the silver medal behind the Chambertin. (NM)  (12/2015)

96 points Decanter

 Very perfumed, spicy red fruit with floral hints and a silky texture with great tension and a savoury finish. A truly sensational wine – a premier cru that’s firmly in the league of grands crus.  (6/2016)

93-95 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 A discreet but not invisible touch of wood sets off an intensely floral nose that in particular displays notes of violet and lavender along with plum, black cherry, spice and gentle earth scents. There is once again excellent volume to the sleek but powerful and concentrated flavors that exude a fine bead of minerality on the moderately austere finish that also delivers superb persistence. While this too will require extended keeping it contrasts with the grands crus in that it should be approachable after only 6 to 8 years of bottle age. (AM)  (1/2016)

93-95 points Vinous

 (aged in 80% new oak; for the past few years, Rousseau has vinified the upper and lower sections of his holding separately, then combined the two, although he still had a barrel of each held aside at the time of my visit): The blend:Vibrant dark red color. Aromas of raspberry and red licorice complicated by curry spices; plenty of oak showing. Wonderfully plush and sweet on entry, then juicy and youthfully imploded in the mid-palate, showing a fine-grained texture and outstanding verve to the flavors of raspberry, rose petal, spices, coffee and minerals. Already amazingly rich and tactile, this beauty finishes with outstanding energy, powerful backbone and rising length. (I also tasted both components of this wine; while both were outstanding, the one from the upper part of the slope showed uncanny energy and piquant floral and blood orange character. In a perfect world, it would be my everyday drinking wine.) (ST)  (1/2016)

Jancis Robinson

 70% new oak. Lots going on underneath and it will probably all come out but it is lurking. Lot of tannin, Eric thinks because of the fruit in 2014. 18/20 points (JR)  (11/2015)

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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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France

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Burgundy

- The province of eastern France, famous for its red wines produced from Pinot Noir and its whites produced from Chardonnay. (Small of amounts of Gamay and Aligoté are still grown, although these have to be labeled differently.) The most famous part of the region is known as the Côte d'Or (the Golden Slope). It is divided into the Côte de Beaune, south of the town of Beaune (famous principally for its whites), and the Côte de Nuits, North of Beaune (home of the most famous reds). In addition, the Côte Chalonnaise and the Mâconnais are important wine growing regions, although historically a clear level (or more) below the Côte d'Or. Also include by some are the regions of Chablis and Auxerrois, farther north. View our bestselling Burgundy.
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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.