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.
This is aromatically more elegant if perhaps not quite as ripe as the Cazetiers with its herbal tea, forest floor, red cherry and softly spicy and earthy aromas. The supple, round and delicious flavors possess a seductive mouth feel but with more size, weight and mid-palate concentration that helps to buffer the firmer tannic spine on the balanced and harmonious finale. Lovely and I like the complexity here. Tasted: Jan 2017; Drink: 2027+; Issue: 65; Rating 91-94 Points; Allen Meadows; Burghound
The 2015 Charmes Chambertin Grand Cru offers a mixture of red and black fruit on the nose, later orange rind and hints of Seville orange marmalade coming forth, though generally remaining more backward compared to recent vintages. The palate is medium-bodied with succulent ripe tannin, quite structured and perhaps a little Mazis-Chambertin in style. It is endowed with plenty of crunchy black and red fruit developing towards the finish with a potent spiciness that lingers in the mouth. This is a vivacious Charmes-Chambertin even if, to be honest, it is surpassed by the other grand crus in this vintage. Tasted: Dec 2016; Drink: 2020-2040; Rating: 93-95 Points; Neal Martin; Robert Parker The Wine Advocate
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