2017 Louis Jadot Gevrey-Chambertin Lavaux Saint-Jacques 1er Cru (Domaine des Heritiers)

Year: 2017
Appellation: Cote de Nuits
Country: France
Wine Advocate: 91-93
Vinous Media: 91-93
James Suckling: 93
Burghound: 91-93
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 13.5%
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"The 2017 Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Lavaux Saint-Jacques (Domaine Louis Jadot) was also showing well, unfurling in the glass with a complex nose of sweet wild berries, candied peel, rich loamy soil, grilled meats and wood smoke. On the palate, the wine is medium to full-bodied, velvety and layered, with good depth and concentration at the core, ripe tannins and good length on the finish.

Jadot's Frédéric Barnier is pleased with his 2017 portfolio. It's a good white vintage, he says, neither over nor underripe, and in some instances—as is the norm at this address—malolactic fermentation was blocked to retain additional freshness. The reds, he says, have gained immensely with élevage, taking on depth and dimension that they initially seemed to lack after their comparatively precocious malolactic fermentations concluded. Winemaking here is something of a constant: destemmed grapes, wooden fermentation vessels with minimal temperature control and punching down, long cuvaisons and maturation in oak barrels—of which one-third are new, one-third are once-used and one-third are twice-used. Whites are direct pressed, fermented and matured in barrels. The result is a long-lived, muscular style that ages very well indeed, and there is no doubt that this is one of the finest négociant houses—not just in terms of quality, but also in terms of consistency. My notes parse the portfolio, identifying particular high points, but even taken as a whole Barnier and his team have every right to be pleased with a very good 2017 collection in both red and white. Some of Jadot's successful 2016s are also revisited here, with more to come in the near future. Readers will also note that the different domaine sources and maison wines are now more clearly distinguished in the Wine Advocate's database nomenclature." (WA)

"The 2017 Gevrey-Chambertin Lavaux Saint-Jacques 1er Cru offers more black fruit than the Estournelles; Dorset plum, cassis and blueberry scents emerge with time. The robust, compact palate has a firm grip right from the entry, a keen line of acidity and a structured, spicy finish that will demand several years in bottle. I would have liked a little more elegance to come through, but maybe it’s a case of just waiting a few years. " (VM)

"Shows a solid finish with ripe and linear tannins, as well as attractive sliced-strawberry, raspberry and citrus flavors. Medium to full body. Solid. Give it three to four years to soften. Try after 2023." (JS)

"Strong aromas of wood and menthol fight somewhat with the intensely earthy and humus-suffused aromas of cool dark berries. The round and relatively supple medium weight flavors exude evident minerality on the muscular, moderately austere and sneaky long finish." (BH)