Domaine Armand Rousseau   Gevrey Chambertin 1er Cru Clos Saint Jacques

2017 Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Clos-Saint-Jacques

By Domaine Armand Rousseau

2017 Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Clos-Saint-Jacques from Domaine Armand Rousseau, Burgundy

Nestled within the prestigious terroirs of Burgundy, the 2017 Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Clos-Saint-Jacques from Domaine Armand Rousseau decidedly stands as a testament to the exceptional savoir-faire of this renowned producer. With over four decades dedicated to studying the nuances brought forth by each season's embrace, this year's rendition is endowed with its own bespoke character.


Masterful Expression of a Challenging Year

The vintage of 2017 was one marked by contrasts and challenges – a season that tested the mettle of vine and vigneron alike. Unpredictable frosts in spring set an admonitory scene, yet the old vines of Clos-Saint-Jacques demonstrated resilience, yielding fruit that retained poise amidst adversity. The summer's clement weather was fortuitous, proffering a grace period for recovery and maturation culminating in a harvest that was both serendipitous and skillfully executed.


A Vintage with Vivacious Vitality

The 2017 Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru captures an enlivening freshness, a spirited core encased in finessed structure. A palate where dark cherry and ripe raspberry rendezvous with hints of violet and freshly tilled earth evokes the vivid bouquet of a Burgundian midsummer. The palate unfolds with silken layers, offering whispers of spice and a gentle hint of oak which speaks to the skilled élevage at Domaine Armand Rousseau.

For investors and connoisseurs alike, acquiring this vintage promises a journey into the heart of what makes Burgundy wines luminary. With commendable cellaring potential, diligence imbibes reward as this wine evolves to unfurl its full splendour.


An Investment Worthy of Enthusiasm

The convergence of Domaine Armand Rousseau's viticultural prowess with the distinctive attributes of 2017 renders this Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Clos-Saint-Jacques a choice selection for fine wine investment portfolios. Its intricacies are sure to kindle fervour among enthusiasts seeking both exquisite taste experiences and vintages with substantial appreciation potential.

In summation, the 2017 vintage from Clos-Saint-Jacques beckons with complexity born of climatic adversity, championed by Domaine Armand Rousseau's unwavering dedication to excellence. Its narrative is one in which every sip savours the triumph over nature's trials—a sophisticated integration for those who appreciate not just wine, but also the story in the glass.

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The 2017 Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Clos Saint-Jacques is being matured in 80% new oak, and it was the one wine in the cellar that was quite strongly marked by its time in barrel when I tasted it. Behind the prominent framing of cedary oak lurks a pretty bouquet of red and black berry fruit, orange rind, rich soil tones and peony. On the palate, the wine is medium to full-bodied, tangy and open-knit with a vanillin-inflected finish. I suspect that the final assemblage will be more integrated than the single barrel, but in its structure and overall profile, this looks to be reminiscent of Rousseau's 2007 Clos Saint-Jacques.

William Kelley - The Wine Advocate, 4 January 2019

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