The Magic of Rousseau:
2014 Rousseau Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Clos St. Jacques

Posted by Ian McFadden

DRC, Roumier and Rousseau form the holy trinity of Red Burgundy producers.

Some of my greatest wine experiences have been provided by Rousseau.

They are vigorous, saturating yet graceful, supremely elegant and devastatingly complex Red Burgundies. The 2014s serve as a powerful summary of these qualities. And, not surprisingly, Clos St. Jacques is a high point.

I love the 2014 Red Burgundies for their clarity, finesse and harmony. At La Paulée last week, I had the opportunity to taste through a wide range of 2014s. It cemented for me just how classic and beautiful the 2014s are.

When you get to wines like Rousseau's Clos St. Jacques, the vintage becomes truly stunning. At this level, the vintage boasts an amazing amount of energy, fine driving length, and weightless yet imposing presence. Catch one of the top 2014s and you'll encounter red Burgundy at its most captivating.

Rousseau's 2014 Clos St. Jacques has the combination of depth, walk-on-tip-toe finesse and silky texture. There's an undeniable, penetrating intensity and soaring lift. The 2014 vintage seems to have laid bare the magic of Rousseau in a particularly flattering and classical way.

Clos St. Jacques is the greatest 1er Cru in all of Gevrey by a long shot - one of those sites that is considered Grand Cru by many. And Rousseau's Clos St. Jacques is the benchmark for this site. With Chambertin and Beze, Rousseau's Clos St. Jacques forms the apex of the line-up.

I should warn you that quantities are very limited. Whenever Rousseau's CSJ is sharply priced, it disappears. My advice is not to hesitate if you're interested.

To order, email or call the store at (212) 980-9463.

Ian McFadden

Director, Fine & Rare Wine
Crush Wine & Spirits

2014 Rousseau Gevrey-Chambertin
1er Cru Clos St. Jacques

Burghound: "A discreet but not invisible touch of wood sets off a more deeply pitched and intensely floral nose that in particular displays notes of violet and lavender along with plum, black cherry, spice and gentle earth scents. There is again excellent volume to the sleek but powerful and concentrated middle weight plus flavors that exude a fine bead of minerality on the moderately austere finish that delivers flat out superb persistence. While this gorgeously classy effort will also require extended keeping to reach its apogee, it contrasts with the grands crus in that it should be approachable after only 6 to 8 years of bottle age."