Country/Region: France/Burgundy/Côte de Nuits.
Appellation Contrôlée: Premier Cru.
There are 26 Premiers Crus in Gevrey-Chambertin, of which half are located in the valley called Combe de Lavaux, on calcareous and clay soil with marl. Clos Saint Jacques is oriented to the southeast and has only five owners. The Pinot Noir grapes are fermented in vats for up to 4 weeks, and then the wine is matured in oak barrels for 18 to 20 months.
A full-bodied, complex wine, this Premier Cru has a broad array of aromas and fine expression of terroir as well as impressive length on the palate. It will develop for more than 10 years in the bottle—or up to 40 in great vintages.
Earthy, spicy black fruit scents are found in the 2003 Gevrey-Chambertin Clos St.-Jacques. Highly structured and deep, this medium to full-bodied wine offers complex flavors of stony black fruits, fresh earth, blackberries, and dark cherries. Demanding patience, its tannic (yet ripe) character coats the palate, lingering for 45 seconds or more. Projected maturity: 2010-2020 - Pierre Rovani / Wine Advocate #160 Aug 2005.
Ratings: 92 Points - Wine Advocate #160 Aug 2005.