Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Clos St Jacques 1996

Domaine Armand Rousseau

Terroir: Domaine Armand Rousseau’s holding of 5.5 acres accounts for 40% of the total acreage of this famed Premier Cru, which many believe is of Grand Cru quality and one of the finest Premier Cru vineyards in the entire Côte d’Or. The walled vineyard sits just up the hillside from the village, well within site of the domaine. Exposure is to the east allowing the vines to soak up the morning sun.

Vinification: Grapes are meticulously sorted as they arrive in the winery. Following a cool maceration lasting five-seven days the must travels by gravity into barrel where it will stay for the entire vinification process lasting typically 18-24 months. Each Armand Rousseau wine is bottled unfiltered.

Additional Information

It is a fresh terroir, very harmonious. The tannins are strong and well integrated, with dominant aromas of cassis and black berries. The wine is powerful and intense on the palate.

Technical Details

  • Appellation: Gevrey-Chambertin
  • Winemaker: Eric Rousseau
  • Sustainability: Sustainable Practices
  • Soil: Limestone, clay
  • Vineyard Acreage: 5.5 acres
  • Alcohol: 13%
  • Sizes Available: 6/750, 3/1.5
  • Varietals: 100% Pinot Noir

Recent Press

  • Score: 95 Points

    Vinous Author: Neal Martin
    Date: Thursday, August 5, 2021
    "The 1996 Gevrey-Chambertin Clos Saint-Jacques 1er Cru, at 25 years old, offers dark cherries and bay leaf, traits I have noticed before, but here I found a touch of Earl Grey and, with aeration, a heightened marine/oyster shell scent. The palate is beautifully balanced and still exudes wonderful, life-affirming transparency. A little rugged on the finish, like most of Rousseau’s 1996s, but fresh as a daisy and so sapid. What more could I want from this Rousseau, except a market price that does not oblige secretly selling my daughter’s entire collection of ultra-rare Pokémon cards on eBay? Tasted at a private dinner in Mayfair."

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