The average vine age is 40 years, now that they have replanted some. So pretty on the nose. Spicy and quietly floral. Peony? Superbly fine tannins, tangy and precise and pure. Utterly moreish but so elegant you cannot rush it. There’s power and persistence on the finish. ‘Lots of character’, thinks Cyrielle Rousseau. (JH)
Anticipated maturity: 2023-2035
Robert Parker 92
One of the highlights of this year’s portfolio chez Rousseau, the 2017 Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Les Cazetiers wafts from the glass with a lovely bouquet of red cherries, berries and grilled meat that’s complemented by top notes of peony, blood orange and cedary oak. On the palate, the wine is medium to full-bodied, satiny and layered with a deep core, beautifully refined tannins and a long, precise finish. Based on this barrel sample, this Cazetiers will surpass the domaine’s Lavaux Saint-Jacques and several of its grands crus in depth, completeness and delineation.
The 2017 Gevrey-Chambertin Les Cazetiers 1er Cru is a step up from the Lavaux Saint-Jacques: more intensity, more red fruit, perhaps even more panache. According to Cyrielle Rousseau this had just started to open up the week of my visit. The palate is medium-bodied with silky smooth tannin, quite plush red fruit, rounded and sensual with a very precise finish that fans out with aeration. This might be the most seductive 2017 from Rousseau this year.
Anticipated maturity: 2022-2040