Louis Jadot / 2009 Gevrey-Chambertin Estournelles Saint Jacques.

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Louis Jadot / 2009 Gevrey-Chambertin Estournelles Saint Jacques.

Country/Region: France/Burgundy/Côte de Nuits.

ABV: 13.5%

Unit: 1 x 75cl Bottle.

Appellation Contrôlée: Premier Cru.

Gevrey-Chambertin is the northernmost of the great communes of the Côte de Nuits; it covers 1,315.75 acres and produces an average 16,411 hectolitres (182,351 cases) of wine annually, all of which is red. There are 26 premier crus in Gevrey occupying a total of 211 acres, and eight grands crus lying on a contiguous strip of 215 acres. The remaining 889 acres, 125 of which lie in the adjoining commune of Brochon, produce the village wines of Gevrey-Chambertin.

The village of Gevrey is very old; in 630 it still bore the Latin name "Gibriacus," a derivative of "grabos." The meaning of this word is unclear, but seems to be related to "beard", either a bearded man or animal, i.e., a goat. "Chambertin", from "Campus Bertini", later "Champ de Bertin", or "Bertin's field", immortalizes the peasant who first planted this greatest vineyard of the commune. In 1847, the commune of Gevrey became Gevrey- Chambertin by decree of King Louis-Philippe.

Half of the premiers crus of Gevrey-Chambertin lie scattered around the perimeter of the grands crus; the other half occupy a steep, southeast-facing slope to the north, and are superior to the former by virtue of their exposition and calcareous clay soils. The Les Estournelles vineyard is situated adjacent to the Clos Saint- Jacques at the top of the slope, and covers 5 acres facing directly southeast. Due to its proximity to Clos Saint- Jacques, it is often referred to as "Estournelles Saint-Jacques." Domaine Louis Jadot is proprietor of .94 acres in this excellent premier cru acquired in 1985 through the purchase of Domaine Clair Daü. It produces a comparatively delicate wine of great elegance, finely structured yet with full, generous fruit and a lasting, refined finish.

The 2009 Gevrey-Chambertin Estournelles St. Jacques emerges from the glass with explosive dark fruit. This is an especially large scaled, big style of Gevrey, but all of the elements come together nicely in the glass. The tannins turn incisive on the finish. Anticipated maturity: 2019-2029 - Antonio Galloni / Wine Advocate #194 May 2011.

Ratings: 93 Points - Wine Advocate #194 May 2011.