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A favourite debate amongst Burgundy enthusiasts is which of the Côte d’Or’s 1er Crus might deserve upgrading to grand cru status. Gevrey-Chambertin’s ‘Clos Saint-Jacques’ always comes up in such discussions. According to Clive Coates MW, ‘when it came to be decreed what was grand cru and what was not in the 1930s, it was decided that only climats contiguous with Chambertin and Clos de Bèze would be considered for top rank. Ruchottes and Mazoyères scraped in, for a finger of each touches the magic core. Clos Saint-Jacques, on its own, but perfectly poised on the Combe de Lavaux flank, was excluded.’ 

Today, however, it is clear that Burgundy enthusiasts judge it amongst the grands crus, with their wallets, as prices for Clos St-Jacques today exceed some grands crus, even within a domaine’s range. 

Another interesting aspect is ownership. From the 19th century until 1954 the vineyard was a monopole of the Comte de Moucheron. It was then sold, and is today owned and produced by 5 domaines, all with regular shaped strips from the bottom to the top of the vineyard:

2.21ha, Domaine Armand Rousseau
1.60ha, Domaine Sylvie Esmonin
1.00ha, Domaine Louis Jadot (ex-Domaine Clair-Daü)
1.00ha, Domaine Bruno Clair (ex-Domaine Clair-Daü)
0.89ha, Domaine Fourrier

By tasting each of the 5 domaines producing it side by side, we will come away with a clear idea of what that character is, as well as how each of the 5 domaines involved interpret it.

Tickets Available
BEIJING DINNER: Gevrey Chambertin 1er Cru 'Clos St-Jacques'
Wine Luncheons and Dinners
Date Thursday 6 December 2018
Time 19:00 - 22:00
Venue Jing at The Peninsula Beijing (8 Goldfish Lane, Wangfujing, Dongcheng district, Beijing) / 北京王府半岛酒店 Jing 餐厅 (东城区王府井金鱼胡同8号)
Ticket RMB 5,500 or HKD 6,200 per seat
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Event wine list

Vintage Wine Bottle size Score
2008 Domaine Armand Rousseau - Gevrey Chambertin 1er Cru 'Clos St-Jacques' 750ml BH93
2008 Domaine Fourrier - Gevrey Chambertin 1er Cru 'Clos St-Jacques' 750ml BH92
2008 Domaine Bruno Clair - Gevrey Chambertin 1er Cru 'Clos St-Jacques' 750ml BH93
2008 Domaine Sylvie Esmonin - Gevrey Chambertin 1er Cru 'Clos St-Jacques' 750ml BH92
2008 Maison Louis Jadot - Gevrey Chambertin 1er Cru 'Clos St-Jacques' 750ml BH90-92
1996 Domaine Armand Rousseau - Gevrey Chambertin 1er Cru 'Clos St-Jacques' 750ml BH91
2000 Domaine Fourrier - Gevrey Chambertin 1er Cru 'Clos St-Jacques' 750ml BH90-93
1980 Domaine Pernot Fourrier - Gevrey Chambertin 1er Cru 'Clos St-Jacques' 750ml --
2003 Domaine Bruno Clair - Gevrey Chambertin 1er Cru 'Clos St-Jacques' 750ml BH89-91