2015 Domaine Armand Rousseau Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru "Lavaux St. Jacques" (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1326750 91-93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2015 Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Lavaux Saint-Jacques has a perfumed bouquet with attractive rose petal scents filtering through the red cherries and wild strawberry aromas, the wood neatly integrated. The palate is well balanced with plenty of sucrosity on the entry: layers of red cherry, strawberry and a potent spiciness that flow out towards the finish. This is a significant level up for the village cru and is absolutely delicious.(NM)  (12/2016)

90-92 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 Here there is a bit more elegance to the red and dark cherry aromas that are liberally laced with earth, humus and game wisps. This too has a lovely sense of vibrancy and a finer mouth feel despite the presence of a taut muscularity to the medium-bodied flavors that also display event minerality on the notably more complex and persistent finish. This will need up to a decade of aging to arrive at its apogee.  (1/2017)

92 points John Gilman

 On the other hand, the 2015 Lavaux St. Jacques chez Rousseau was absolutely singing at the time of my visit, offering up a beautifully pure, sappy aromatic constellation of red plums, cherries, a touch of grilled meats, raw cocoa, a whisper of vanillin oak and a pungent topnote of roses. On the palate the wine is pure, full-bodied and sappy at the core, with lovely transparency, fine-grained tannins and outstanding length and grip on the vibrant and utterly seamless finish. A marvelous Lavaux! 2023-2060.  (1/2017)

90-92 points Vinous

 Bright red. Pungent aromas of cranberry, pomegranate and rose petal. Densely packed but in a distinctly cooler style, with its red berry flavors accented by menthol and spices. This fine-grained, saline, mineral-driven wine finishes youthfully tight, with a firm spine of dusty tannins. Rousseau picked this fruit last, on September 10.(ST)  (1/2017)

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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.


- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them.


- 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.
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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.