Vinous – 92
The 2018 Gevrey-Chambertin Lavaut Saint-Jacques 1er Cru has a very well-defined bouquet, mineral-driven, very transparent with hints of rose petal emerging with time. The palate is well-balanced with pastille-like purity. Fine weight, though I find more complexity on the 2016 and 2017. Yet there is more rondeur here, befitting the growing season, with its trademark touch of white pepper on the finish. Tasted at Domaine Duroché.
Anticipated maturity: 2022-2035
Jasper Morris – 96
Deep rich purple colour though more translucent than most people’s 2020s, let alone 2018s. It was humid in May, providing enough water in the table to keep things going. This is the first wine which might be called a blockbuster but even then finesse and detail will win through. Quite heady raspberry but not lush. Tight structure behind, good acidity, stronger tannins but perfectly managed by the fruit, of which a whole new waver floods over the palate including strawberries with black pepper. Years to go!
Robert Parker – 93
Aromas of dark berry fruit, cheeries, woodsmoke, and forest floor introduce the 2018 Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Lavaut Saint-Jacques, a medium to full-bodied, elegant and enveloping wine that’s fine-boned, lively and delicately extracted, exemplifying the Duroche style.