Domaine Armand Rousseau   Gevrey Chambertin 1er Cru Clos Saint Jacques

2014 Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Clos-Saint-Jacques

By Domaine Armand Rousseau

2014 Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Clos-Saint-Jacques from Domaine Armand Rousseau, Burgundy

With four decades of sipping and savouring the nectar of Burgundy's vineyards, I have borne witness to numerous expressions of pinot noir. The 2014 Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Clos-Saint-Jacques from Domaine Armand Rousseau is a vintage that enchants with a narrative inscribed by its climatic conditions.


Integrity of Terroir: A Mark of Distinction

Domaine Armand Rousseau, an iconic name synonymous with finesse in winemaking, has painstakingly drawn the essence of Gevrey-Chambertin’s terroir into this bottle. The 2014 vintage, shaped by a moderate Burgundian climate which narrowly skirted extremes, delivers intricate layers of complexity to the connoisseur’s palate.


A Harmony of Elements: Meticulous Cultivation Meets Mother Nature

Introducing the 2014 Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Clos-Saint-Jacques, one notes its respectable presentation of garnet clarity. The nose greets one with vibrant aromas of red fruits which have mellowed gracefully to reveal an entwined scent of earthen truffle and subtle oak whispers. In tasting, one encounters a strapping structure denoting its noble birthright; however, the real opulence lies in the poised dance of acidity and fine tannins that ensure longevity—a requisite trait for prudent wine investment.

The palette is indulged with flavours balancing between juicy raspberry and seasoned complexities of leather and spice garnered over years spent refining in the elegance of French barrels.


Vintage Elegance: Investment Meets Enthusiasm

The 2014 vintage from Domaine Armand Rousseau stands as a testament to Burgundy's ability to shine even under inconsistent weather patterns. To enshroud oneself with this Gevrey-Chambertin is to engage with a liquid tapestry woven from carefully tended vines—a vintage that beckons serious consideration from investors due to its ageing potential and the pedigree it inherits from Domaine Armand Rousseau’s storied legacy.

For collection diversification or for enjoyment years down the line, securing the 2014 Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Clos-Saint-Jacques merits attention as an emblematic addition symbolic of both provenance and performance.

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Tasted blind at the Burgfest 2014 tasting, Rousseau's 2014 Gevrey Chambertin 1er Cru Clos Saint Jacques has a very refined and delineated bouquet with prudent use of new oak here that is seamlessly integrated and allows the vibrant red fruit to flourish. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, crisp acidity, very good tension and a welcome dash of spice toward the finish that conveys genuine substance and class. The aftertaste is incredibly long—the mouth tingling with residual spiciness long after the wine has departed. This is stunning and, dare I suggest, equal to Rousseau's Chambertin and Clos de Bèze. Tasted September 2017.

Neal Martin - The Wine Advocate, 31 October 2017

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