The Mighty Clos Saint-Jacques

Vivian Liang | April 6, 2021

Bruno Clair – Jean-Marie Fourrier - Armand Rousseau

Clos Saint-Jacques is widely regarded as Gevrey-Chambertin's most prestigious Premier Cru, with an exceptional terroir, and it is often regarded as the same quality as a Grand Cru. This enclosed vineyard is situated on steep slopes and is only 6.7 hectares in size. Its unique location allows the grapes to receive enough sunshine throughout the year to reach full ripeness.

There are only five producers making wines from Clos Saint-Jacques: Armand Rousseau (the largest owner), Sylvie Esmonin, Jean-Marie Fourrier, Bruno Clair, and Louis Jadot. I have always been impressed by any bottle I have had from this Premier Cru. The consistency and top-quality wines from these five producers have reinforced its reputation. 

We are delighted to have three out of the five producers in our current portfolio. 

Bruno Clair makes a Clos Saint-Jacques that is pure and elegant. Its 2016 shows a wealth of dark red berry fruits, a touch of minerality, and a persistent finish - great value.

Jean-Marie Fourrier, with only 0.89 hectares, has the smallest holding among the five. The wines coming from this small parcel are brilliant, with a real brightness. We have three consecutive vintages on offer:

2016: shows alluring bouquets of raspberries and sweet spices, with an opulent palate.
2017: deep and complex, beautifully integrated with silky tannins.
2018: youthful, with perfumed violets and a broad drinking window ahead.

Armand Rousseau with 2.21 hectares under his command, probably makes the most praised Clos Saint-Jacques, with magnificent wines produced year on year. Legendary wines that are bold and distinguished at the same time. We have four vintages in our portfolio dating back to 1993.

1993: mature, exquisite, and refined. A wonderful example of an aged Clos Saint-Jacques drinking incredibly well now.
2013: elegant and precise. Entering its prime drinking window, it will show an abundance of red berries and floral notes.
2016: intense and concentrated. Lively acidity, a rich palate, and a long finish are to be expected.
2017: vibrant and opulent. This vintage shows fresh perfumes of red fruits, forest floor, and minerality. Focused and precise, this vintage will age gracefully for decades.