2012 Armand Rousseau Gevrey Chambertin "Lavaux St-Jacques" 1er Cru

SKU #1274412 90-92 points Vinous

 Hard candy, sweet red berries and flowers are some of the notes found in the 2012 Gevrey-Chambertin Lavaux St. Jacques. Here it is the wine'e energy and brilliance that stand out most. My impression is that the 2012 will drink well pretty much upon release given its mid-weight personality.  (1/2014)

89-91 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 Here the moderately expressive nose is both more complex and more deeply pitched with more obvious earth, humus and underbrush tones to the dark currant and soft floral aromas. Here too there is very fine detail and even more minerality present on the medium-bodied flavors that offer fine depth and length on the slightly more firmly structured finale.  (1/2014)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Tasted blind at the annual "Burgfest" tasting in Beaune. The 2012 Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Lavaux St. Jacques from Domaine Armand Rousseau has an intriguing bouquet, quite complex with subtle tertiary scents infiltrating the brambly red berry fruit. This is well defined, a little laconic at first but it grows in confidence, becomes less tight-lipped. The palate is medium-bodied with edgy tannin, a little disjointed at the moment and the oak needs time to assimilate. At the moment, the nose deserves a better palate, yet it will surely coalesce into a superior wine than it is at present.  (10/2015)

88-90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 (this was the last fruit harvested in 2012): Muskier and wilder on the nose than the village wine, showing a much darker fruit character. Juicy, sweet and wild on the palate, with a slightly meaty nuance to the black raspberry flavor. Finishes sweet and long, with dusty, fine-grained tannins. Doesn't show the eclat of the village wine today but this is richer.  (1/2014)

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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.