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 vineyards of Chateau de Gevrey-Chambertin are attached to the estate in 2012.
Since then, the domaine has ripped some bits and replanted some to rebalance the age of the vine. Much work has been done on the soil through the introduction of mechanical work for aeration and development of microorganism activity. At the same time, they decided to make the biodynamic test. They learn from year to year to understand it in order to bring out the best.
The 2016 Gevrey Chambertin Clos du Château is matured entirely in used oak. It has a lovely, pretty, fruit-driven bouquet with lifted pure strawberry and Morello cherry scents, airy in style. The palate has a candied quality on the entry, a fine bead of acidity with tart red fruit defining the slightly abrupt finish that should gain flesh after bottling. Tasted: Dec 17; Drink: 2019-2025; Rating: 87-89 Points; Neal Martin; Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
A pretty, fresh and agreeably layered nose combines notes of both various red berries and earth scents. The round, supple and attractively vibrant middle weight flavors possess solid persistence if only average depth. This is certainly appealing in its fashion but it's much more fruit-driven than the regular cuvée. Tasted: Jan 18; Drink: 2022+; Issue: 69; Rating 87-89 Points; Allen Meadows; Burghound
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