2009 Frederic Esmonin Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Estournelles-St.-Jacques

Estournelles Saint-Jacqueres

In "Burgundy Time", 2009's would be considered too young with years of cellaring ahead of them. This 2009, however, is drinking nicely right now. I picked this 1er Cru up from Master Sommelier, Jesse Becker at Périphérique Wine Merchants for about $50.

Allen Meadows gives the best description of what to expect:

"A high-toned, elegant and pure nose of wild cherry and red raspberry also evidences notes wet stone and a hint of earth, both of which are reflected by detailed and energetic flavors that are fine to the point of being delicate before culminating in a lacy and harmonious finish. A wine of finesse."

From Jess Becker, MS:

"Estournelles sits high on the slope, above Lavaux St-Jacques, where the hillside starts to turn up into the Combe de Lavaux. It produces a wine with less weight than its neighbors but is known for it explosive aromatics and exotic complexity.

.Esmonin wines always seem to hit the market earlier than other Domaines which we've learned is due to the tiny cellar from which Frédéric works. The regime here is 100% destemming with around 25% new oak, giving wines of purity and excellent terroir expression."