Domaine Armand Rousseau   Gevrey Chambertin 1er Cru Clos Saint Jacques

1997 Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Clos-Saint-Jacques

By Domaine Armand Rousseau

1997 Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Clos-Saint-Jacques from Domaine Armand Rousseau, Burgundy, France

Perched upon the zenith of Burgundy’s vinous landscape, the 1997 Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Clos-Saint-Jacques from Domaine Armand Rousseau articulates the subtleties of terroir with the eloquence only time can bestow. A vintage that was initially overshadowed by the sun-soaked ’96 and the opulent ’99 has gently emerged as a treasure trove for fine wine investors and connoisseurs alike.


The Testimony of Time: A Vintage Reappraised

As time unfurls its relentless march, so too does the 1997 Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Clos-Saint-Jacques reveal its complex narrative. Weather conditions throughout '97 were favourable, with sufficient warmth and sunlight to ripen the fruit, yet cool enough to maintain elusive acidity; this is a crux where this vintage finessed its balance. The quintessential ethos of a wine lies in its capacity to mature gracefully – and this vintage has transcended expectation.


A Pinnacle of Elegance and Structure

Upon decanting, one is greeted by an arresting bouquet: whispers of autumnal forest floor and ripe cherry ricochet against a foundation of fine-tuned tannins – a remnant of Rousseau's masterful application of oak. With each sip, layers unfold – subtle earthiness, hints of leather and truffle – all encased within a formidable structure that holds promise for further evolution.

This bottle's balletic poise between power and elegance makes it a cornerstone asset in any discerning investor's portfolio. While other vintages lure with flamboyance or sheer force, the '97 mérite its place through a quietly confident complexity that whispers seductively of the true spirit of Burgundy.

Investment in such a nuanced vintage remarkably represents both a journey through Burgundy’s past and an enthralling glimpse into its cellar-worthy future. For those attuned to the symphony of subtle shifts in maturity, this bottling from Domaine Armand Rousseau offers an eloquent testimony to the enduring allure of Gevrey-Chambertin's revered terroir.


An Enduring Investment: The Sublime Result of Nature's Nuances

In essence, the 1997 Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Clos-Saint-Jacques encapsulates an intriguing interplay: at once capturing ephemeral climatic conditions whilst showcasing Domaine Armand Rousseau’s unwavering dedication to crafting wines of monumental finesse. A diligent acquisition for investors, it remains as one of Burgundy's most cerebral yet immensely rewarding experiences.

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The ruby-colored 1997 Gevrey-Chambertin Clos St. Jacques has a floral, black/red berry-scented nose. This silky-textured, medium-to-full-bodied, broad, complex, and expansive offering is flavored with jammy berry fruit. Its extremely long finish blossoms with additional layers of fruit in the oft-mentioned but rarely encountered "peacock's tail" effect. Projected maturity: now-2008. Importer: Frederick Wildman & Sons, New York, NY; tel. (212) 355-0700.

Pierre Rovani - The Wine Advocate, 29 October 1999

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