Armand Rousseau Clos St. Jacques 1999 750mL
The 1999 Gevrey-Chambertin Clos Saint-Jacques 1er Cru has long been one of my favourite vintages, not that I get to taste it that often. It has an almost extravagant bouquet that delivers plush Morello cherry, wild strawberry and light cassis aromas and with aeration, these ebb to reveal more tertiary notes and a touch of pencil shavings. The palate displays exquisite balance, this being 1999, more fuller and corpulent than other vintages. This particular bottle demonstrates more structure towards the finish than I expected, exerting stupendous grip to remind you that it might be almost 20 years old, but it has 20 or perhaps even 30 years ahead of it. Magnificent.