Domaine Armand Rousseau   Gevrey Chambertin 1er Cru Clos Saint Jacques

2005 Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Clos-Saint-Jacques

By Domaine Armand Rousseau

2005 Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Clos-Saint-Jacques from Domaine Armand Rousseau, Burgundy, France

In the pantheon of prodigious Burgundy vintages, the 2005 stands tall, epitomising balance, structure and longevity. Even within this esteemed cohort, the 2005 Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Clos-Saint-Jacques from Domaine Armand Rousseau heralds a singular triumph. My thorough exploration of this prestigious cuvée over the decades underpins my commentary that this particular year marked a pinnacle for both the producer and the terroir.


Decoding the Vintage's Distinction

The 2005 growing season was marked by its near-ideal conditions – a gentle spring followed by a consistently warm summer without adverse heat spikes culminating in September with optimum ripening circumstances. It is these climatic favours that bestowed upon the grapes harvested from Clos-Saint-Jacques vineyard an envious harmony between ripeness and acidity.

Upon sampling, one is immediately struck by the wine's deep garnet hue and a bouquet that effortlessly marries ripe red cherries with ethereal forest floor nuances. Time in the glass reveals seductive layers of complexity: a tapestry of fine spices, a hint of game and an elegant floral top note.

The palate is greeted by luxurious tannins which cradle opulent fruit intensity while maintaining a supreme grace; a characteristic Rousseau touch. It exhibits profound depth with subtleties that invite contemplation – mushrooms intertwined with whispers of violet and incipient notes of leather, evolving magnificently in decanter and glass.


Estate Expertise and Market Finesse

Domaine Armand Rousseau, without contention, sits among the upper echelons of Burgundy domaines. Their strategic viticultural approaches paired with masterful vinification result in wines that are not only a joy to drink but also highly sought after as investment vehicles. The 2005 Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Clos-Saint-Jacques is no outlier; it displays the potential for further maturation while its current drinking state grants immense pleasure.

For connoisseurs or investors wholly invested in assembling a portfolio of exceptional vintages, this offering from Domaine Armand Rousseau deserves substantial consideration. Presently at a peak window of enjoyment yet promising additional layers with further cellar aging, the 2005 vintage commands attention for its symphony of sensory refinement and market repute.

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One of the great renditions of this cuvée in recent times is the 2005 Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Clos Saint-Jacques, a magical wine that unfurls in the glass with a deep and complex bouquet of red berries and plums mingled with hints of raw cocoa, violets, blood orange and peony, complemented by enticing carnal bass notes. Full-bodied, deep and multidimensional, it's seamless and complete, with fine concentration, racy but ripe acids and ample reserves of fine, powdery tannin, concluding with a long and sapid finish. The 2005 Clos Saint-Jacques is a decade away from full maturity, but its reference-point quality has long been impossible to miss. This bottle, enjoyed in a Burgundian restaurant, only amplified my regret that I have none of this particular vintage in my own cellar.

William Kelley - The Wine Advocate, 16 July 2020

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