1985 gevrey-chambertin clos saint jacques…


I’ve seen some very ordinary notes (12/20) about ‘Cave des Dauphin’ wines – that was an old Savigny – in fact that’s all I’ve seen, I’ve no info about the name. I’ve seen wines under that name from the 1950s and as late as 1989 but know nothing more. A négoce? or perhaps somebody in Switzerland or Germany who bought barrels and bottled locally? I don’t know, but a lot of 1985 Clos St.Jacques and Beaune Grèves plus 1989 Bonnes-Mares was too tempting at an auction – how bad could they be (joke!)?

Well cosmetically how bad do you need? – the labels were virtually remnants. Anyway if you’ve any info, feel free to drop me a line or comment…

1985 Cave des Dauphin, Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Clos St.Jacques
The first task was successful – the cork came out in one piece. I poured a little and the colour was pretty good, and clearly as I swirled there was some viscosity – the glycerol clinging to the side of the glass. The first aroma was of soil but it was very quickly joined by dark molasses – very clean though. In the mouth this wine exemplifies why I see 1985 and 2009 as close cousins – there is depth, good flavour, ample sweetness and in this case a little glycerol-enhanced fat – what more could you want? Well maybe just the merest hint more acidity, but it’s nit-picking really! There’s still a little tannin if you search for it and a brown-sugar dimension to the finishing flavours. Clearly an ‘easy’ wine, but equally one that’s very easy to like and enjoy.
Rebuy – No Chance!

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There is one response to “1985 gevrey-chambertin clos saint jacques…”

  1. Stefan Persili21st October 2011 at 1:11 pmPermalinkReply

    Hi Bill is it Cave des Dauphin or la Cave du Dauphin? La Cave du Dauphin were distributed by Caves Bujard in 1095 Lutry Switzerland a Negoce business who worked until 2003. Probably they bottled locally. Il send you a photo with the Label (Richebourg 88). I saw the price you paid for the auction lot, good price. The auction market here in Switzerland for older Burgs is not bad at all!

    • billn21st October 2011 at 1:31 pmPermalinkReply

      Good info Stefan – mine are definitely the Caves Bujard, 1095 Lutry wines.

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