Firm reduction again renders the nose impossible to assess. By contrast there is terrific punch and freshness to the muscular, big and bold flavors that brim with both dry extract and minerality before concluding in a powerful, serious and wonderfully long finale. This isn’t a refined wine, yet neither is it especially rustic thanks to the reasonably fine-grained tannins. Ultimately, if you have the patience to age this to full maturity, it should be marvelous.
Robert Parker 95
The 2018 Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Lavaux Saint-Jacques bursts from the glass with a stunning bouquet of orange rind, peonies, ripe wild berries, cassis, exotic spices and espresso roast, framed by a beautifully integrated application of new oak. On the palate, the wine is medium to full-bodied, velvety and multidimensional, with ripe acids, a deep and concentrated core and a long, sapid finish. This is one of the riper wines in the cellar, with just over 13% natural alcohol, but it’s beautifully balanced.