Domaine Armand Rousseau   Gevrey Chambertin 1er Cru Clos Saint Jacques

2010 Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Clos-Saint-Jacques

By Domaine Armand Rousseau

2010 Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Clos-Saint-Jacques from Domaine Armand Rousseau, Burgundy, France

Garnering reverence among connoisseurs and investors alike, the 2010 vintage of the Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Clos-Saint-Jacques from Domaine Armand Rousseau epitomises the superb articulation of terroir that can only be achieved in the hands of a master vintner.

 

A Vintage Clothed in Elegance and Balance

The year 2010 bore the fruits of struggle and triumph. With a growing season that challenged with its erratic weather patterns—one moment with threats of hail and the next graced by fortuitous cool periods—2010 saw reduced yields but ultimately birthed wines of exemplary concentration. The Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Clos-Saint-Jacques from this year stands out for its delicate weave of strength and subtlety.

 

Unveiling Layers of Complexity

This particular wine offers a tapestry of dark berry notes complemented by an enthralling spice that speaks true to its origin—layers distinctly melded yet each speaking with clarity. The palate is greeted with ripe cherries and intricately wound tannins, leading to a finish that resonates with length and poise. Notably, the cool whispers of Eastern exposure on this prestigious plot contribute to the creation of a fresh backbone, balancing the opulence derived from impeccable fruit selection.

 

Prime Libation for Discerning Collectors

As one peers through the lens of time, it is apparent that the 2010 vintage will enjoy a steady ascendance in complexity. Consequently, it remains an enviable addition to cellars intent on holding benchmarks of refinement. For investors, wines such as this are both delight for the senses and prudent placements within their portfolios.

In summation, the 2010 Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Clos-Saint-Jacques from Domaine Armand Rousseau offers not just a bottle of exceptional wine but an investment in craftsmanship sure to enrich both palate and portfolio. It is an embodiment of an illustrious Burgundian village's potential realised through the meticulous nurturing brought forth by an unpredictable season—a testament to how true Art does indeed triumph adversity.

Market price (GBP)

£21,000.00

12x75cl

Highest score

96

POP score

1312.5

Scores and tasting notes

95-97

The 2010 Gevrey-Chambertin Clos St. Jacques flows across the palate with fabulous depth and richness. Dark red fruit, licorice, smoke and exotic spices all come together in the glass, while the intensity of the fruit covers every corner of the palate. This huge, powerful wine will require considerable patience, but it is impeccable, not to mention stunning in its beauty. Anticipated maturity: 2025-2045. My visit with Eric Rousseau was one of the highlights of my fall trip. The 2010s are fabulous from top to bottom. Rousseau started picking on September 22. The fruit saw about four days of cold soak followed by a cuvaison that lasted anywhere from 15 to 21 days, depending on the wine. I was equally thrilled with the 2009s I tasted from bottle. I will have more on those wines in our April issue. Importer: Frederic Wildman & Sons, New York, NY; tel. (212) 355-0700

Antonio Galloni - The Wine Advocate, 22 December 2011

Vintage performance