Farr Vintners Logo

Gevrey Chambertin Clos Saint Jacques, Domaine Esmonin 2005

Tasting Notes

An extremely ripe yet airy nose of wood spice, plum, mocha, game, earth and smoke merges into rich, full and mouth coating flavors that display obvious minerality and plenty of finishing structure on the wonderfully long and layered finale. While well-balanced and harmonious, this is clearly an old school burg that will require plenty of time to really shine so patience will be required. Highly recommended.

Allen Meadows, Burghound.com (29), January 2008

The Esmonin 2005 Gevrey-Chambertin Clos St-Jacques - unsurprisingly, incorporating virtually 100% whole cluster and new wood - bursts from the glass with scents of soy, aromatic woods, ripe black fruits, resin, rose, iris, violets, and roasted meats. Not at all effusively fruity or showy on entry, this nevertheless totally saturates the palate with fresh essence of blackberry and cherry, along with smoked and roasted meats, soy and stone, licorice and herbs. Quite tannic and palpably dense in the mouth, it displays a much sterner, less winsome personality than the Gevrey V.V. - but what a personality it has! In a remarkable finishing act, the tannins then seem to melt away, the wine grabs your palate, showering it with flowers and herbs, slathering it with black fruits and animal fat, dashing it against stones, reviving it with mineral salts, and leaving it exhilarated but utterly wrung-out. Esmonin doesn't think her 2005s will ever "shut down". But this one might just tell you to shut up: I suspect it will continue to control the agenda if opened any time over the next 12-15 years. (The strikingly floral, salty, savory, dynamic 2004 is gorgeous - if not in the same exalted league as this '05 - and well worth cellaring mid-term.)

Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (171), June 2007
Please note that these tasting notes/scores are not intended to be exhaustive and in some cases they may not be the most recently published figures. However, we always do our best to add latest scores and reviews when these come to our attention. We advise customers who wish to purchase wines based simply on critical reviews to carry out further research into the latest reports.