Domaine Armand Rousseau   Gevrey Chambertin 1er Cru Clos Saint Jacques

2016 Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Clos-Saint-Jacques

By Domaine Armand Rousseau

2016 Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Clos-Saint-Jacques from Domaine Armand Rousseau, Burgundy, France

In the galaxy of Burgundy’s exquisite offerings, the 2016 Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Clos-Saint-Jacques from the venerable Domaine Armand Rousseau shines with a particular brilliance. The enduring reputation of this domaine is only further burnished by the 2016 vintage, which undeniably captures the singularity of its terroir with enthralling clarity.


Distinctive Elegance in a Complex Vintage

The climatic narrative of the 2016 season in Burgundy was one of profound paradoxes, with unforeseen challenges crafting wines of unexpected grace. An unusually cold winter followed by a frost-ravaged spring set a dramatic stage. Yet it was this very adversity that sculpted and concentrated the surviving fruit, resulting in wines of impeccable definition and concentration. The Clos-Saint-Jacques vineyard, fortunately spared from the most devastating frosts, reveals in its output the intricate dance between nature's whims and vintner's mastery.


The Embodiment of Gevrey-Chambertin Terroir

In the glass, this esteemed parcel yields a wine that articulates the juxtaposition of resilience and elegance inherent to the vintage. The 2016 Clos-Saint-Jacques evinces a symphonic interplay of dark cherry and ripe raspberry notes, harmoniously layered over an earthy underpinning that whispers secrets of wet stone and subtle spice – hallmarks of a precise yet powerful Gevrey-Chambertin. Tannins are woven like silken threads through the structure, suggesting a potential for graceful ageing that serious collectors will recognise as an investment in liquid history.

With Domaine Armand Rousseau’s unassailable commitment to quality and authenticity, this Clos-Saint-Jacques stands as a testament to how challenging conditions can be transmuted into a vintage defined by its extraordinary finesse and profundity. To uncork this bottle is to engage with a narrative of triumph over adversity, captured in vinous form.


A Sophisticated Addition to any Investment Portfolio

Beyond mere enjoyment, investing in the 2016 Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Clos-Saint-Jacques from Domaine Armand Rousseau holds the promise of future appreciation – not only in monetary terms but also in depth of character and complexity. It is a wine indelibly marked by its year; a year of eluding disaster and seizing triumph, grounded deeply within the rich loam of its prestigious terroir. One can rest assured that adding such a jewel to one's fine wine portfolio is both a hedonistic pleasure and an astute financial decision.

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The 2016 Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Clos Saint-Jacques is showing brilliantly from bottle, soaring from the glass with aromas of raspberries, Griotte cherries, peonies, rich soil tones, smoked meats and dark chocolate, framed by a deft application of cedary new oak. On the palate, the wine is medium to full-bodied, deep and concentrated, with a rich and multidimensional core that's framed by refined tannins and a lively spine of acidity, concluding with a long and pungently intense finish.

William Kelley - The Wine Advocate, 9 January 2020

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