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.
The 2016 Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru, which is a mix of Mazoyères and Charmes, has a delightful bouquet that needed little encouragement from the glass, with heavenly aromas of raspberry, crushed strawberry, ground stone verging on slate, perhaps more Mazoyères than Charmes (which is no surprise given that two-thirds of the vines are from that side of the grand cru). The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin and crisp acidity, with a lighter finish than I expected, maybe needing a little more substance to develop with time. I am sure it will. Tasted: Dec 17; Drink: 2021-2045; Rating: 93-95 Points; Neal Martin; Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
This is the first wine to display any appreciable level of reduction and in this case it's enough to dominate the underlying fruit. Otherwise there is good detail and excellent punch to the beguilingly delicious, intense and focused medium-bodied flavors that are shaped by relatively fine-grained tannins on the mildly austere, beautifully complex and solidly persistent finish. I like the potential of this balanced effort that should amply repay extended cellaring if desired. Tasted: Jan 18; Drink: 2028+; Issue: 69; Rating 91-93 Points; Allen Meadows; Burghound
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