Author: Allen Meadows
Generous amounts of wood fight slightly with the otherwise very fresh aromas of plum, wet stone, dark berries and humus. There is excellent richness to the mineral-driven medium-bodied flavors that possess excellent energy on the supple and suave mid-palate that possesses a relatively sophisticated mouth feel before culminating in a well-balanced and persistent finish. Even though the Lavaut is consistently Mortet's best 1er, it's presently no more complex or persistent than the Champeaux. I should also note that this is a bit too woody for my taste though it's not over the top.
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International Wine Cellar
Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 166
Bright red with ruby tones. High-toned aromas of cherry and stone lifted by a whiff of violet. Densely packed but light on its feet, with terrific lift and precision, as well as serious medicinal reserve, to the intense red and darker fruit flavors. This really spreads out over the palate on the long, vibrant back end. Will need 5 or 6 years in the cellar and should be outstanding at age 10 or 15.
Author: Neal Martin
The 2011 Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Lavaux St Jacques was matured entirely in new oak. It has a very ripe, lifted bouquet carried by the new oak at the moment, but there appears to be sufficient fruit underneath to keep it balanced and allow the terroir to show through with age. The palate is medium-bodied with a vibrant spicy opening. This is a vivacious Lavaux with fiery red and black fruit mixed with licorice and a crisp, tense, very spicy finish that leaves an impression. Allow it several years to shed that new oak and you will have a superb Gevrey on your hands. Drink 2017-2033.
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