2018 Domaine Duroche Gevrey Chambertin Lavaut Saint-Jacques Premier Cru
Domaine Duroche is one of the brightest stars to appear in the Burgundy landscape over recent years, and with numerous comparisons to Domaine Rousseau the wines are now incredibly hard to come by. While the name is relatively new to the world, the family have been making wine in Gevrey Chambertin since 1953, and early on they aquired fantastic plots of Gevrey villages, premier cru and Grand Cru including Chambertin Clos de Beze. The wines are incredibly pure, have excellent concentration and depth, and show a fantastic translation of site.
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 Duroché style.
William Kelley - Wine Advocate (Jan 2020)
The 2018 Gevrey-Chambertin Lavaut Saint-Jacques 1er Cru, which comes from six parcels, delivers one of the purest and most mineral-driven of Duroché’s aromatics this year, beautifully defined and resolutely classic in style. The palate is well balanced and rounded in the mouth, although I prefer the Champeaux this year, since this just feels a little smudged at present. Let’s see how it develops once in bottle. Around 18 barrels produced.
Neal Martin - Vinous
Rich dark purple. The nose has a huge volume of fruit on it too, while the cool fresh air has kept the balance. This makes for a more complex nose, with a superb weight of sweet dark cherry fruit at the back and a little spicy mineral tingle. Maturity and ethereal at the time. Very special. As the French would say, digeste, which does not translate so well into English.
Jasper Morris - Inside Burgundy