2018 Domaine Armand Rousseau Chambertin Grand Cru

$5,950.00

Domaine Armand Rousseau is one of the most famous and best domaines in Burgundy. Based in Gevrey-Chambertin, the estate is formed of just over 15 hectares, over half of which is Grand Cru.

This is one of Burgundy’s greatest domaines – in terms of history, vineyard holdings and quality of wine. The original Armand Rousseau was at the forefront of the first wave of domaine bottling in the 1930s. He was succeeded by his son Charles in 1959, shortly after they had bought a significant slice of the Clos St Jacques vineyard. Today Eric, grandson of Armand, is in charge of the vines and cellar, with the help of his daughter Cyrielle.

The domaine produces pale, finely structured wines of great elegance and stamina. The simple principle of old (but not ancient) vines and sensible yields dictates the Rousseau style. Sometimes the wines can appear light in their youth, but they nearly always take on weight as they age.

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Description

97 Points Allen Meadows
There is barely enough wood to mention on the wonderfully fresh and airy aromas of red cherry, pomegranate, earth and a hint of the sauvage. The seductively textured yet well-delineated big-bodied flavors possess an abundance of energy on the intensely mineral-inflected, sappy and impeccably well-balanced finale that reflects a touch of youthful austerity. The sheer level of complexity is stunning, and this knockout of a Chambertin should age for a very, very long time yet it’s not so backward and it couldn’t be approached after a decade or so of aging.

95-97 Points Robert Parker Wine Advocate
The most introverted cuvée in the cellar when I visited was the 2018 Chambertin Grand Cru, a deep and brooding wine that unwinds in the glass with aromas of ripe berry fruit, plums, rose hips and orange rind, framed by creamy new oak. On the palate, it’s full-bodied, velvety and layered, with superb concentration and broad structural shoulders. This is a muscular Chambertin that it will be exciting to revisit from bottle, and I expect it will gain considerably from its second winter in barrel.

98-100 Points Jasper Morris
find I am lacking detailed notes on several of the wines this year at the very top end of the spectrum. They were just superlative examples of their vineyards and it was too much of a struggle to find any sort of vocabulary which could express them adequately. From the imperial purple colour onwards, this wine expresses itself magically in every dimension – dancing from one end of the universe to the other, to mangle a phrase of EM Forster’s. , oak and fruit, what’s to say.

Additional information

Producer

Domaine Armand Rousseau

Vintage

2018

Grape Variety

Pinot Noir

Region

Burgundy

Sub Region

Gevrey Chambertin

Importer Label

Australia – Domaine Wine Shippers

Types

Red

Size

Bottle