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.
A discreet lashing of wood easily allows the equally sauvage-suffused nose to display its array of various dark berries, earth, floral and soft underbrush scents. The energetic and beautifully well-detailed medium weight flavors exude a subtle minerality on the muscular finish that exhibits focused power and excellent persistence. This is one of those relatively rare wines that will age effortlessly for years yet should be enjoyable the entire way. Tasted: Jan 2017; Drink: 2032+; Issue: 65; Rating 92-94 Points; Allen Meadows; Burghound
The 2015 Clos de la Roche Grand Cru took a while to open in the glass, which is unusual because I often find it relatively immediate. It is understated, again, very pure and charming with crushed strawberry, raspberry preserve and rose petal, sous-bois scents (pine cone and freshly tilled soil) surfacing with continued aeration. The palate is grainy on the entry with a tang of orange rind, tight at first but opening up towards the finish with a good grip, albeit without quite the precision of the Mazy-Chambertin at the moment. Tasted: Dec 2016; Drink: 2020-2045; Rating: 92-94 Points; Neal Martin; Robert Parker The Wine Advocate
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