($155) Bright, dark red-ruby. Very ripe but sappy aromas of plum, black cherry, licorice and minerals. Fat and ripe but almost magically vibrant, with terrific energy and inner-mouth perfume to the black cherry and mineral flavors. This really expands toward the back end, finishing tactile and chewy, with very suave tannins and outstanding aromatic persistence. Great definition of fruit here, as well as the structure for long aging.
Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: March/April 2008
Burghound | Rating: 94
A wonderfully elegant, stylish and classy nose features very ripe red berry fruit, minerals, spices and a hint of Gevrey earth that dissolves into rich, sweet and graceful medium full and well muscled flavors of real drive and energy on the delineated and pure finish. I very much like this and there is simply another dimension here, even relative to the fantastic Cazetiers. Readers should note that this is a huge wine by the standards of a typical Clos St. Jacques and it will require ample time to realize its terrific potential.
Author: Allen Meadows
Issue: 1st Quarter, 2008
Wine Advocate | Rating: 95
The Clair 2005 Gevrey-Chambertin Clos St.-Jacques offers the aromatic complexity one has come to expect from this great site in this great vintage: black cherry, cassis, iris, peat, bitter herbs, and roasted meat are all on display. Juicy, dynamic and expansive on the palate, it generates a whirl of black fruits, flowers and bitter-sweet herbs over a low-toned rumbling of stones and deep meaty depth. Athletically energetic and lean like all of the best Clair wines, it displays tenacious grip and finishing intensity. Don't even think about revisiting a bottle for 5-7 years.
Author: David Schildknecht
Jancis Robinson | Rating:
Very dense though without quite the race of some. Thick and sweet with lots of tannin. Bit too much? Wait!