1996 Domaine Armand Rousseau Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru "Clos Saint Jacques"
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
How good is this? Well, it embarrassed the glass of La Tache 1990 before it! The nose reminds me of the Chambertin 1996 from Rousseau, dark black cherry fruit, blackberry leaf, a touch of tar and sous-bois coming through. The palate has a firm structure, less fleshy than the 1995, more masculine with great length and grip. Superb fruit concentration with more blackberry, cassis flavours towards the finish. This has so much vibrancy and charm, with the depth to suggest a long future. Drink now-2020+. Tasted May 2008. (NM-Wine Journal)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Good red-ruby. Altogether more vibrant, sexy nose combines cherry, plum, smoke, coffee, game and Cuban tobacco. Fleshy, round and elegant; a distinct step up in extract and volume. Really compelling sweetness of fruit. Very suave and very long on the finish, which features extremely fine tannins. A superb showing today. (ST)
Allen Meadows - Burghound
There is grand cru breed and elegance to burn in a medium bodied, finely detailed package with good richness and compelling complexity to the reasonably concentrated and very long flavors. As one would expect from a '96, there is enough acidity to notice yet in this case it appears reasonably well-integrated and gives real lift to the persistent finish. In short, this is a fine if not truly outstanding Rousseau Clos St. Jacques that has arrived at full maturity though it should hold there for many years. Mostly consistent notes.
Light and delicate, with pure raspberry, strawberry and cherry notes, and a smoky, grilled-meat character on the chewy, vanilla-scented finish. (PM)