Tasting notes for the Chambertin Grand Cru 2016 - Armand Rousseau
EYE: Upon careful scrutiny, the Chambertin Grand Cru 2016 reveals an intriguing depth, swinging between an intense ruby red and delicate garnet reflections. Its slight viscosity hints at a texture of remarkable finesse.
NOSE: In the realm of aromas, the 2016 vintage delivers a fascinating and complex olfactory bouquet. The assertive scents of red fruits, particularly cherry and raspberry, express themselves distinctly, accompanied by subtle floral notes. Delicate nuances of undergrowth and truffle add aromatic depth, while refined accents of vanilla and spices reveal a subtle mastery of barrel aging.
MOUTH: The tasting unveils a balanced harmony. The wine's tannins, combining silkiness and structure, provide a robust foundation, while the lively acidity imparts a balanced freshness. The palate evolves elegantly throughout the experience, exposing concentrated flavors of red fruits, supported by subtle notes of cocoa and black pepper from Madagascar.
In short: This Chambertin Grand Cru 2016 from Domaine Armand Rousseau is an unforgettable tasting experience, boldly embodying the excellence of the Burgundian terroir. The cuvée boasts an estimated optimal aging potential between 12 and 18 years. To accompany this exceptional wine, consider dishes such as beef Wellington, duck confit with figs, truffle risotto, herb-crusted lamb chops, or a plate of aged cheeses.
Other appellations from this estate: Gevrey-Chambertin "Clos du Château", Gevrey-Chambertin Village, Gevrey Chambertin 1er Cru "Lavaux-Saint-Jacques", Gevrey Chambertin 1er Cru "Les Cazetiers", Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru, Mazy-Chambertin Grand Cru, Clos de la Roche Grand Cru, Ruchottes-Chambertin Grand Cru "Clos des Ruchottes", Gevrey Chambertin 1er Cru "Clos Saint-Jacques", Chambertin "Clos de Bèze" Grand Cru, Chambertin Grand Cru...
In 1902, young Armand, 18 years-old at the time, inherited his first parcels of Gevrey-Chambertin, in the Côte de Nuits. Coming from a long line of wine makers and wine sellers from Burgundy, Armand Rousseau decided to follow the family traditions and developed his newly acquired grape vines. Things accelerated after his marriage in 1909, when he ended up with a bigger vineyard, as well as an entire estate which now bore his name.
Flash-forward to the 1930s. The Domaine Armand Rousseau was now selling its own wines, thanks to the input of Raymond Baudoin (the founder of the famous French magazine "Revue du Vin de France"). Armand was now producing as well as selling other appellations: Chambertin, Charmes-Chambertin, Clos de la Roche, or Clos Saint-Jacques. He even started exporting to the USA, which just came out of 13 years of Prohibition.
In 1959, Charles Rousseau (Armand's son) inherited the estate when his father died. He had previously worked with him for 15 years and was now at the helm of the 6 hectares vineyard. Charles decided to make it grow it by adding more parcels like Clos de Bèze and Clos des Ruchottes. He aimed for the outside world and decided to export his wines in Europe and the rest of the planet, especially Asia since the 1970s.
Charles enjoyed the assistance of his son Éric, who began helping his dad in 1982, after he finished his oenology studies at the University of Dijon. Thanks to him, the Domaine Armand Rousseau had discovered organic winemaking. No more pesticides, mechanical plowing, high interventionism... This respect for nature and family traditions, Éric is now teaching it to his daughter Cyrielle. The new generation of Rousseau.
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