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 restrained and ultra-cool nose is slightly more deeply pitched and is composed primarily by notes of red currant, cassis, plum and plenty of earth and game scents. There is more evident muscle to the bigger and more muscular medium-bodied flavors that once again exude evident minerality that carries over to the powerful, dense, serious and impressively persistent finish. Patience. Tasted: Jan 2017; Drink: 2025+; Issue: 65; Comments: Outstanding; Rating 90-93 Points; Allen Meadows; Burghound
The 2015 Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Les Cazetiers perhaps does not quite deliver the same precision and elegance on the nose as the Lavaux St-Jacques, though there are still plenty of attractive raspberry, red cherry and crushed strawberry notes to enjoy. It "sings" as soon as it enters the glass. The palate is well balanced with good structure, perhaps more density here than the aforementioned premier cru, bridled with blood orange and touches of white pepper, notwithstanding a little sinew on the finish. It exhibits impressive length and should give two decades of drinking pleasure. Tasted: Dec 2016; Drink: 2019-2039; Rating: 92-94 Points; Neal Martin; Robert Parker The Wine Advocate
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