2014 Domaine Armand Rousseau Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru "Clos St-Jacques" (Pre-Arrival)
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)
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.
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)
Bright red Knockout nose offers scents of black raspberry, cherry, rose petal, smoky minerality and sexy sweet oak Tactile, ripe and spicy, with pepper and spice high notes accentuating the wine's sharp definition Redder its in fruit character than the Clos des Ruchottes, and even finer-grained in the middle palate, but also more tannic on the back end owing to the wine's much higher percentage of new oak (80%) Most impressive today on the extremely long, classy, vibrant aftertaste, which leaves the salivary glands humming. 94+ points. (ST)
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)