Terroir: Domaine Armand Rousseau is the largest landowner of the Chambertin vineyard with a total of 5.3 acres. The 32 acres of Chambertin Grand Cru represent some of the finest and most storied Pinot Noir acreage on the planet and with all producers included typically produces less than 60,000 bottles. Chambertin is the beating heart of the red Grand Crus of the Côte d’Or sitting high on the hillside and bordered by Latricières-Chambertin to the south and Clos-de-Bèze to the north.
Vinification: Grapes are meticulously sorted as they arrive in the winery. Following a cool maceration the must travels by gravity into barrel where it will stay for the entire vinification process lasting typically 18-24 months. Each Armand Rousseau wine is blended unfiltered.
Burgundy writer Clive Coates refers to this Grand Cru as perhaps the finest red wine in the world. Always a tour de force, this wine has uncanny balance. It is very structured, dense, and powerful, it has firm, ripe tannins, yet it is not heavy. It has uncommonly long length on the palate.
The U.S. market receives less than 50 cases of this rare wine. Please contact your local FWS rep for availability.
“The 2004 Chambertin Grand Cru from Rousseau has a rather stemmy, slightly mulchy nose, which is expected from this vintage, irrespective of how noble the vineyard or producer. It is nicely defined, with brown spices developing, though here is it predictably dwarfed by the 1996. The palate is medium-bodied with gentle grip and hints of kirsch, Bing cherry, tobacco and stewed black tea, though I find the finish a little short and bitter. Drink soon. Tasted at Noizé restaurant in London.”
Score: 94 PointsVinous Author: Neal Martin
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