Bruno Clair Gevrey Chambertin 1er Cru Clos Saint Jacques
Price: $269.50 excl. GST
- Tasting Notes
Here the expressive nose is more elegant if otherwise compositionally similar. On the palate this is perhaps not quite as concentrated or powerful as the Cazetiers but it is notably finer with just as much minerality continuing onto the austere, backward and markedly firm finish. I very much like the persistence of this classically styled effort but once again note well that this is going to require a minimum of a decade plus of cellaring and a full 15 to 18 years would not surprise me.
– Allen Meadows, Burghound.com, Score: 93
Good bright, dark red. Captivating nose combines raspberry, dried rose petal, peppery herbs and complex soil tones. Pungent salty minerality further energizes the wine’s sappy raspberry and blood orange flavors. Surprising for its enveloping texture, this classic, firmly built Clos Saint-Jacques should enjoy a slow and graceful evolution in bottle. Bruno Clair noted that, unusually for an October harvest, this fruit actually continued to ripen by photosynthesis, whereas that late in the season any further ripeness is normally a function of concentration (i.e., essentially loss of water) on the vines. By the way, Clair opened a bottle of the 2013 Clos Saint-Jacques next to this wine and it displayed outstanding depth and thickness of material allied to pungent acidity, precision and minerality. On this day, I gave the 2013 a slight edge-94 points-but I’d certainly enjoy tasting these two outstanding wines side by side again in ten years.
– Stephen Tanzer, Vinous.com, Score: 93+
Tasted blind at the Burgfest 2014 tasting, the 2014 Gevrey Chambertin 1er Cru Clos St Jacques has a stunning, pure, life-affirming bouquet that is just pure class and delivers exactly what you expect from a vineyard of this caliber (and price!). The palate is medium-bodied with succulent, pure red berry fruit tinged with spice and a hint of Seville orange marmalade. The tannins are filigree and the harmony toward the finish makes you giddy. This is a fabulous Clos Saint Jacques from Bruno Clair that challenges Rousseau as the pick of the five growers this year. Tasted September 2017.
– Neal Martin, Robertparker.com, Score: 96