Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru "Clos Saint Jacques" 2009, Bruno Clair
By a quirk of fate when the Burgundy appellations were decided in the 1930s the "Clos Saint Jacques" was ranked as premier cru not grand cru. But quality shines through and this 6.7 hectare lieu dit, with its white marl and good drainage, produces wines that outshine the lesser grands crus in Gevrey. Tasted at the domaine from the cuve in April 2011, this Gevrey "Clos Saint Jacques" 2009 starts with a good cassis nose, fruit-driven, a mélange of black fruits. Big structure, great fruit ripeness, powerful, rich, long, superb quality and that "grand cru" structure reappears. Compare with the tasting notes for the 2006 vintage.