Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Clos St Jacques 2014

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

    Wine Spectator Author: Bruce Sanderson
    Date: Friday, October 27, 2017
    Sleek and focused, delivering currant, wild cherry, rose hip and mineral flavors, this red offers a core of ripe fruit notes that keep it grounded, and well-integrated tannins provide balance. Fine length. Best from 2021 through 2036
  • Burghound Author: Allen Meadows
    Date: Wednesday, February 15, 2017
    A discreet but not invisible touch of wood sets off an intensely floral nose that in particular displays notes of violet and lavender along with plum, black cherry, spice and gentle earth scents. There is once again excellent volume to the sleek but powerful and concentrated flavors that exude a fine bead of minerality on the moderately austere finish that also delivers superb persistence. While this too will require extended keeping it contrasts with the grands crus in that it should be approachable after only 6 to 8 years of bottle age.
    Grade: 93-95 Points
  • The Wine Advocate Author: Neal Martin
    Date: Wednesday, February 15, 2017
    The 2014 Gevrey Chambertin 1er Cru Clos Saint Jacques will be aged in 80% new oak, although my sample came from a new barrel. It has a very perfumed, voluminous bouquet with billowing red berry fruit, rose petals and subtle flinty aromas. The palate is medium-bodied with a fine saline entry. You can feel the mouth tingling here with wonderful tension and poise on the sustained finish. This is a more linear "CSJ" than recent vintages, but no less entrancing. It challenges the Clos de Bze for the silver medal behind the Chambertin.
    Grade: 95-97 Points
  • Vinous Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Date: Friday, January 1, 2016
    "(aged in 80% new oak; for the past few years, Rousseau has vinified the upper and lower sections of his holding separately, then combined the two, although he still had a barrel of each held aside at the time of my visit): The blend:Vibrant dark red color. Aromas of raspberry and red licorice complicated by curry spices; plenty of oak showing. Wonderfully plush and sweet on entry, then juicy and youthfully imploded in the mid-palate, showing a fine-grained texture and outstanding verve to the flavors of raspberry, rose petal, spices, coffee and minerals. Already amazingly rich and tactile, this beauty finishes with outstanding energy, powerful backbone and rising length. (I also tasted both components of this wine; while both were outstanding, the one from the upper part of the slope showed uncanny energy and piquant floral and blood orange character. In a perfect world, it would be my everyday drinking wine.)"
    Grade: 93-95 points

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