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 Cote 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.
There is enough wood to notice framing the exuberantly spice red and dark currant aromas that also display sauvage and earth nuances. The cool and pure medium weight plus flavors are remarkably refined for a young Chambertin yet there is clearly plenty of power lurking beneath the refined veneer. This is a big but not massive vintage for the Rousseau Cham and I like the sense of proportion and particularly so on the harmonious and once again superbly long and well-balanced finale. It's going to be very interesting to see which of these two is the better wine in 20 years.
Deep, saturated red. Tighter and more reticent on the nose than the Clos de Bze but with outstanding purity to its aromas of raspberry, coffee, dried flowers and earth. Juicy and intensely spicy but extremely closed; more soil-driven than the Clos de Bze but without that wine's exotic fruit character and youthful clat. With a bit of air, this showed a silkier texture and emerging notes of raspberry and saline minerality. Best today on the incredibly suave, classically dry, endless whiplash of a finish, which displays great energy and cut. Atypically, this very understated wine comes across as more refined--more feminine--than the Clos de Bze in the early going.
The 2014 Chambertin Grand Cru has such a vivacious bouquet, as intense and generous as the Clos de Beze with waves of pure red berries mixed with granite and limestone scents. There is just something aristocratic about this Chambertin. The palate is medium-bodied with fine, filigree tannin. There is a sense of focus and tension here, but so natural and elegant you don't know what to do with yourself. Then that mineral seam comes through on the long aftertaste. Predictably brilliant. I apologize for being so boring, but yes, this is the kind of wine that prompted God to invent the fermentation.
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