Domaine Armand Rousseau   Gevrey Chambertin 1er Cru Clos Saint Jacques

2003 Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Clos-Saint-Jacques

By Domaine Armand Rousseau

2003 Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Clos-Saint-Jacques from Domaine Armand Rousseau, Burgundy, France

The vaunted 2003 vintage in Burgundy stands as a chronicle of challenges and triumphs for winemakers. In that year, sweltering summer temperatures swept across the region, testing the resilience of Pinot Noir vines nestled in revered plots such as the Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru. Yet, it is from such extremes that the 2003 Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Clos-Saint-Jacques from Domaine Armand Rousseau has emerged as a dazzling exemplar of adaptability and elegance.


Notable Vintage, Noteworthy Savoir-Faire

The intense heat of 2003 gave rise to fears of overt ripeness, yet by deft hands wines of unexpected finesse were crafted. This was the case with the Clos-Saint-Jacques vineyard, where Rousseau's prowess shone vividly through. The wine possesses a rich tapestry of aromas; succulent cherries and ripe raspberries coupled with a whisper of underbrush commence the sensory ballet.


Balancing Act: Power Meets Precision

Sipping the 2003 from this storied domaine reveals an opulence balanced by startling acidity. One detects a rounded structure, with layers of black fruit interlacing with earthy undertones - a signal of masterful winemaking in an atypical season. Tannins, mature yet unyielding, frame the wine’s body with poise, suggesting that this vintage continues to hold surprises for collectors and investors alike.

Indeed, investing in such a peculiar year can offer unique opportunities; rare climatic conditions coupled with Rousseau's expert vinification give investors a chance to possess a slice of Burgundian history — an enigmatic vintage that defied expectations and now enchants palates.

In conclusion, while the 2003 Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Clos-Saint-Jacques may not conform to archetype due to its singular season, it undeniably affirms the adaptability and resilience inherent to Domaine Armand Rousseau. An asset to any investment portfolio, it resonates with both emotional allure and rewarding complexity.

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The sweet black cherry-scented 2003 Gevrey-Chambertin Clos St.-Jacques is medium to full- bodied, rich, and boasts outstanding depth in its blackberry-laced core. Expansive and lush on the attack, its long finish reveals firm, almost rustic tannin that are worrisome. Projected maturity: 2009-2018? Importer: Frederick Wildman & Sons, New York, NY; tel. (212) 355-0700

Pierre Rovani - The Wine Advocate, 28 August 2005

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