Wow, our next (1st) pair of reds came roaring out of the gates, & literally set the stage for the rest of the night. Led by this (which would later be proclaimed WOTN by most), with some slight bricking around the edges. Its nose would be one to remember - violets, roses, spices and tea-leaves. If I recalled correctly, none had it as a Gevrey... Palate was as great, w/ red-berries, more spices, good depth, suave & long! That earthly element finally emerged after quite a while in the glass. Incredible!
"1er" Dinner at the American Club to determine which plots belong to a "Grand Cru" status. The sommelier served this as the very first red (out of a total of 8), and what a standard this set. Dark red, with a touch of brown at the rim. The nose was stunning, chambolle like in its floral perfume, red roses and violets. There were lots of wild strawberries, raspberries, jam, with good acidity, a touch of rusticity and soil, with almost perfect balance. The Gevrey profile took some time to emerge, but when it did, it completed the brilliance of this wine. Would any of the remaining 7 wines be able to stand up to this opener? Verdict on Grand Cru worthiness - Definitely, for this amazing plot.
Bottle was in great shape, but the wine didn't ring my bells. It's really tannic and not showing much. This is a common problem with '96's but what's really crazy is that the '96 Beze is "open for business" so I would have thought this would be too.
Tasted alongside 95,97,01, and 04. The 95 and 97 both showing much better now.
Pale/medium garnet core, pale mahogany rim. Nose is quite developed, complex, with sweet strawberry fruit, floral top-notes, game and hints of liquorice and undergrowth. Medium bodied, soft and gently savoury, plenty of sweet red fruit, some plum, with richness yet elegance and grace, vibrant acidity carrying a long finish. Outstanding, drinking beautifully and likely to stay that way for some time to come.
Lovely now with a couple of hours of air. More would probably have been better. This is understated and very complex. The wood is integrated. It showed brett when first opened, but that blew off to reveal a classic profile.
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(Domaine Armand Rousseau Père et Fils Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Clos St. Jacques) Light red color; deep and expansive cherry and bramble nose with notions of herbs; delicious, rounded, sappy tart cherry and red fruit palate, tasty and elegant; medium finish 93+ pts.
(Rousseau Gevrey Chambertin Clos St. Jacques) a great wine. Any day where one can have two bottles of Rousseau at two different meals and sell $1.5 million worth of wine in between is a good day in my book. The Clos St. Jacques monopole wines are one of the best kept secrets in Burgundy today. The 1996 had a fabulous nose full of taut, cherry fruit and vitamins with great spice, musk and earth. There was a beautiful balance of the fruit and the acids. The wine was great, pure and beautifu
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