The 2019 Gevrey-Chambertin Clos Saint-Jacques 1er Cru contains 70% whole bunch and is matured in new oak. It finished its malolactic in August. The very dense, backward nose features black cherries and cassis fruit, then touches of dried pressed violets and incense with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with grippy tannins on the entry, and quite fresh, leading to a grainy-textured finish. Blue fruit emerges only with air, and there is palpable mineralit? on the aftertaste. This is typical of Esmonin's more fruit-driven style of Clos Saint-Jacques, and it will need several years' bottle age.

Neal Martin - Vinous Media (92-94)