Vinous – 93
The 2017 Gevrey-Chambertin Lavaut Saint-Jacques 1er Cru was still sporting a little reduction, but underneath lies some very pure red berry fruit. That reduction seems to dissipate with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannins, silky smooth, moderate depth though not as rich as the preceding vintage. Yet it does build nicely with a judicious touch of white pepper on the finish. Tasted at Domaine Duroché.
Anticipated maturity: 2021-2036
Robert Parker – 92
Performing well from bottle, the 2017 Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Lavaut Saint-Jacques reveals aromas of red berries, plums, potpourri, dark chocolate and rich soil tones, followed by a medium to full-bodied, satiny and enveloping palate that’s supple, succulent and open-knit, with a delicate core of fruit and melting tannins. Deceptively elegant, I would bet on this putting on appreciable weight with some time in bottle.
Anticipated maturity: 2024-2045