Terroir: Charmes-Chambertin is the largest Grand Cru in Gevrey-Chambertin covering 72 acres spread across many growers. Domaine Armand Rousseau owns a total of 3.4 acres in a prime position on the hill, mid-slope with an east/southeast exposure.
Vinification: Grapes are meticulously sorted as they arrive in the winery. Following a cool maceration lasting 5-7 days 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.
Beautifully aromatic. Pure, fresh, and bright cherry, plum, and red berry fruit aromas with a hint of herb and spice. On the palate, the flavors mirror the aromas, with vibrant cherry fruit and silky tannins. It is a very supple wine with a lot of finesse and elegance.
Winemaker: Eric Rousseau
Sustainability: Sustainable Practices
Soil: Limestone, clay
Vineyard Acreage: 3.4 acres
Sizes Available: 6/750
Varietals: 100% Pinot Noir
Score: 93 Points
The Wine AdvocateAuthor: William Kelley Date: Thursday, January 14, 2021
"Rousseau's 2017 Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru is showing nicely, wafting from the glass with inviting aromas of red berries, plums and peonies mingled with hints of cedar, raw cocoa and mandarin orange. Medium to full-bodied, supple and enveloping, it's soft and charming, with melting tannins and an ample core of fruit. Generous and demonstrative, like many 2017s it has picked up a bit of richness and depth in bottle."
Score: 95 Points
Wine Spectator OnlineAuthor: Bruce Sanderson Date: Monday, March 2, 2020
"Elegant and dense, with cherry, iron, stone and spice flavors fused to firm, dusty tannins. The fruit is locked up tight, revealing potential on the long, fruit- and spice-filled aftertaste. Best from 2023 through 2042. 132 cases imported."
Score: 93 Points
VinousAuthor: Neal Martin Date: Thursday, October 10, 2019
"The 2016 Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru has a sultry, earthy bouquet with touches of oyster shell coming through with aeration. It never quite kicks into fifth gear though. The palate is medium-bodied with supple red berry fruit laced with orange rind and brown spices. It gains more complexity and nuance towards the finish with an attractive saline aftertaste. Not the most memorable Charmes-Chambertin that I have encountered, but there is no denying that it is very well crafted. Tasted blind at the 2016 Burgfest tasting."
Score: 99 Points
Wine Spectator OnlineAuthor: Bruce Sanderson Date: Thursday, September 5, 2019
"This majestic red offers a beam of succulent, pure cherry, oak spice, sandalwood and cinnamon notes. Intensely flavored, with a distinctive creaminess and harmony. Expands on the finish, where all the components come together, tying this up neatly on the lingering spice- and mineral-infused aftertaste. Best from 2024 through 2048. 73 cases imported."
BurghoundAuthor: Allen Meadows Date: Wednesday, January 17, 2018
"(from a 1.4 ha parcel of roughly 20 year old vines that is situated one-third in Charmes proper and the remainder in Mazoyères). 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."