Domaine Armand Rousseau   Gevrey Chambertin 1er Cru Clos Saint Jacques

2012 Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Clos-Saint-Jacques

By Domaine Armand Rousseau

2012 Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Clos-Saint-Jacques from Domaine Armand Rousseau, Burgundy, France

In the tapestry of Burgundian terroirs, certain threads shine with an unmistakable lustre. The 2012 Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Clos-Saint-Jacques from Domaine Armand Rousseau is one such thread, capturing the exquisite complexity that aficionados seek. As we reminisce on the 2012 vintage in Burgundy—an affair marked by climatic vicissitudes—Rousseau's mastery comes to the fore, managing deftly to create a wine of profound elegance and liveliness.


Provenance and Prestige in Every Sip

The Clos-Saint-Jacques premier cru site bears acclaim nearing the grand crus in stature; and glimpsing into the marvellous alchemy of the 2012 offering from Rousseau, it’s patently clear why. The season’s restrained yields brought forth a concentration of flavours that can only be described as both serendipitous and masterful.


Distinct Vintage, Definitive Experience

In this particular vintage, the wine unfurls with an intricate bouquet—dark cherries and ripe strawberries tied elegantly with fine threads of earthiness and herbaceous whispers. On the palate, a symphony of balanced tannins resonates alongside a core of red fruit, underscored by a mineral persistence that speaks to the esteemed Gevrey-Chambertin terrain. A harmonious acidity guides the experience towards a finish that lingers indefinitely—an attribute cherished by patrons and collectors alike.

The 2012 Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Clos-Saint-Jacques, now embracing its plateau of maturity, heralds not just an opportunity for oenophiles but also for shrewd investors eyeing provenance and prestige in their portfolios.


An Investment Worthy of Consideration

With each swirling glass, the 2012 Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Clos-Saint-Jacques upholds Domaine Armand Rousseau’s storied lineage. For those contemplating meticulously curated wine investments, Rousseau's 2012 rendition is not merely a paragon of viticulture; it embodies an investable asset that promises to unfurl its narrative for years to come. A narrative shaped by the season's unique trials and underscored by relentless finesse—a truly compelling chapter for any connoisseur’s anthology or investor's compendium.

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Tasted blind at the annual "Burgfest" tasting in Beaune. The 2012 Gevrey Chambertin 1er Cru Clos Saint Jacques from Armand Rousseau has the most sensual nose of the quintet, perhaps the ripest with maraschino cherries, fresh strawberry and fruits pastilles. This is certainly the most generous nose. The palate is medium-bodied with supple ripe tannin, more modern in style but very pure and harmonious. The oak is a little more pronounced on the finish but that will be subsumed in time, and then it will be a Clos Saint Jacques that you'll with you could drink every day.

Neal Martin - The Wine Advocate, 29 October 2015

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