2009 Louis Jadot Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru "Les Estournelles St-Jacques"
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Palish medium red. Perfumed aromas of cherry, redcurrant, licorice and crushed stone. Sweet, pliant and concentrated; at once very ripe and elegant, with lovely lift for the vintage. Wonderfully expressive, penetrating wine, finishing with tangy red fruits and minerals and a light touch. But will it top the 2008? (ST)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2009 Gevrey-Chambertin Estournelles St. Jacques emerges from the glass with explosive dark fruit. This is an especially large scaled, big style of Gevrey, but all of the elements come together nicely in the glass. The tannins turn incisive on the finish. Anticipated maturity: 2019-2029. I tasted an impressive range of wines with Jacques Lardiere and his successor Frederic Barnier, who is slated to take over when Lardiere retires at the end of 2012. Jadot makes a mind-bending number of wines, but I limited myself to the best 35 or so examples. In 2009 Jadot began harvesting on September 6. All of the reds were made from 100% destemmed fruit. Maceration times varied from wine to wine, but according to Lardiere all of the wines were made with essentially the same approach. Lardiere is another of the producers who compares 2009 to 1959, and believes the wines will age well because of their density of fruit and minerality. Many of the estate’s own vineyards are farmed biodynamically, but of course Jadot also sources a significant amount of wine from other growers that is not necessarily from biodynamically farmed vineyards. (AG)
Allen Meadows - Burghound
A notably ripe but bright and intensely mineral-infused red berry fruit nose leads to rich, detailed and energetic flavors that also evidence noticeable minerality on the naturally sweet yet very firm and focused finish.
Meat, earth, iodine. Good pure fruit, light body and ripe fruit to finish. Firm but dainty. (RH)
91 points Neal Martin's Wine Journal: "This Gevrey displays fine mineralite on the understated nose with crisp red cherry and redcurrant fruit – nice poise and lift. The palate is well defined with good depth of flavour: damson, tart red cherries and a hint of dried honey, leading to a ripe, weighty, animally finish. Very fine." (03/2011)