One of the greatest names in all of Burgundy, dating back to the 1930s when Armand was one of the first of five domaines to defy the negociants and bottle their own wine. The Rousseau name is synonymous with Gevrey-Chambertin; Armand passed the reins to Charles who on retirement passed control to his son Eric.
There is barely enough wood to mention on the wonderfully fresh and airy aromas of red cherry, pomegranate, earth and a hint of the sauvage. The seductively textured yet well-delineated big-bodied flavors possess an abundance of energy on the intensely mineral-inflected, sappy and impeccably well-balanced finale that reflects a touch of youthful austerity. The sheer level of complexity is stunning, and this knockout of a Chambertin should age for a very, very long time yet it's not so backward and it couldn't be approached after a decade or so of aging. Tasted: Jan 2021; Drink: 2038+; Issue: 81; Rating 97 Points; Allen Meadows; Burghound
The most introverted cuvée in the cellar when I visited was the 2018 Chambertin Grand Cru, a deep and brooding wine that unwinds in the glass with aromas of ripe berry fruit, plums, rose hips and orange rind, framed by creamy new oak. On the palate, it's full-bodied, velvety and layered, with superb concentration and broad structural shoulders. This is a muscular Chambertin that it will be exciting to revisit from bottle, and I expect it will gain considerably from its second winter in barrel. Date: Jan 2020; Rating: 95-97+ Points; William Kelley; Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
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