2013 Gevrey Chambertin Clos St Jacques

Armand Rousseau

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Average Score 94.17

Very complex and intellectual somehow. Beautiful fruit palate entry and then layers of lusciousness but nothing simple and sweet. Refined and perfectly balanced. Still to put on a bit of flesh but beautifully long. So complete and lifts above the crowd. Builds on the finish. Peacock’s tail. (Nov 2014) Drink 2025-2045
Rousseau's 2013 Gevrey-Chambertin Clos St. Jacques possesses gorgeous aromatic lift and energy. Polished and refined throughout, the 2013 is super-expressive. Winemaker Frédéric Robert adds that the grapes were especially small in 2013, with virtually no juice. Once again, Rousseau's Clos St. Jacques looks to be one of the wines of the vintage. (apr 2015) Drink 2023-2053
The 2013 Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Clos Saint Jacques, which will be matured in 80% new oak, has a perfumed bouquet with bright strawberry and redcurrant scents, superb delineation and minerality coming through, but only after five minutes in the glass. The palate is very well balanced with good density. I’ve tasted Clos Saint Jacques with perhaps more finesse in the past and it did not quite have that "je ne sais quoi" that the greatest vintages have demonstrated. This is a very fine Premier Cru, though this year it is outshone by a few of its Rousseau stablemates.||There he is again. As I fumbled trying to open the wrought iron gate chez Rousseau, the legend that is Charles Rousseau, innings of 91 not out, exited the small cabin where he spends his day in quiet repose to help me inside. Sure, he looks a little gaunt, his gait slower and fragile, the caducity of life evident to see and yet remains the history of Burgundy made flesh, blood and charisma. Winemaker Frédéric Robert was on hand as usual to guide me through the barrels, always one of the most candid vignerons in Burgundy. Before embarking upon the tasting he mentioned that the fate of the village cru vines from Château de Gevrey has not been decided, choosing to wait until quality reaches a level where it will merit joining their portfolio (no pressure for the vines there then.) However, one parcel owned by the economically-titled ‘Ng’ family has now augmented their plot of Lavaux Saint Jacques. Like many winemakers, Frédéric was somewhat surprised and relieved to find how well their 2013s had turned out, although he cautioned that the barrels can change from day to day (and with this in mind I often tasted from two or three to aim for a representative sample blend.) Here they commenced the harvest on October 1 - as is customary a little earlier than other growers, some of whom unsheathed their secateurs around four days later. But he told me that the fruit seemed to have reached its full ripeness level and with the impending gloomy forecast felt there was little point in waiting. And like others, he found the malolactic fermentation stubbornly slow, though most had finished by the end of May. ||Unsurprisingly, this was an impressive lineup from Rousseau. As always, it is not a case of every single cru demanding superlatives: some are more successful than others. That's the way the cookie crumbles in a difficult vintage. Terroir's guiding hand plays its role. While both the Chambertin and the Clos-de-Bèze were knockout wines for the vintage, my preference just toward the latter, it was actually the Mazis-Chambertin that really surpassed my expectations in this growing season, just like it had done a couple of hours earlier at Dugat-Py. Indeed, I often find Mazis-Chambertin copes better than say, Latricières or Chapelle-Chambertin in seasons such as 2013: there is a robustness within its DNA, a sense of fortitude and stoicism, a vineyard that prevails come what may. It comes highly recommended. Both the Charmes-Chambertin and Clos de la Roche 2013s possess great potential, though some of the premier crus and village cru appear a little skinnier than I expected and will probably merit more short to midterm aging.|, 2014

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