Nestled in the heart of the Combe de Lavaux, “Lavaux Saint-Jacques” is one of the more famous and coveted sites in the appellation, and for good reason—it encompasses a panoply of seemingly at-odds characteristics with ease, and many consider it a grand cru in all but name. The Harmand family is fortunate to work three-quarters of a hectare here, with vines between 45 and 95 years of age. It shows mineral intensity, with spicy, black, fruit overlaying a gamy core. This brooding powerhouse needs time to reveal its inner layers, but an underlying sense of freshness promises a harmonious future. 50% new oak.