- Region: Red Burgundy
- Producer: Rousseau
- Vintage: 2015
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Domaine Armand Rousseau Père et Fils
Grand Cru Red barrel
Tasted: Jan 15, 2017
Note: from Mazis-Bas
Producer note: Eric Rousseau was away at the time of my visit so it was his daughter Cyrielle (at the domaine since 2012) who enthusiastically explained that 2015 "gave us a super growing season that was relatively easy though not without a few concerns. There was some early season oidium pressure and then due to the fact that the conditions were so hot and dry that there were several short periods of hydric stress. Otherwise though there really wasn't much to cause anxiety and the fruit progressively ripened to a very high level. We chose to begin picking on the 3rd of September and brought in immaculately clean fruit that possessed potential alcohols that ranged between 12.2 to 13%. The skins were thick that there was a relatively high incidence of shot berries. As such yields, while still reasonable, were roughly 20% lower than what we realized in 2014. As to the wines they're at once structured but inviting and refreshing and thus they should probably drink well for all their lives as the tannins are quite ripe yet there is good freshness and a fine sense of harmony." While it's hardly news, for the last 20 years the domaine has hardly put a foot wrong and it certainly didn't in 2015 as the wines, especially at the grand cru level, are brilliant. However I strongly advise that you not ignore their 2014s as they too are absolutely worthy of your consideration. The 2014s, revisited below, were bottled in April 2016. Speaking of bottling, Rousseau noted that they are now using bottles where the bottom of it is embossed with the name of the domaine. (Frederick Wildman, www.frederickwildman.com, NY, NY; Berry Brothers & Rudd, www.bbr.com, Fields, Morris & Verdin, www.fmvwines.com The Wine Society, www.thewinesociety.com, Tanners Wine, www.tanners-wines.co.uk, Laytons, www.laytons.co.uk, O.W. Loeb, www.owloeb.com, The Rare & Fine Wine Company Limited, www.therareandfinewinecompany.com, and Justerini & Brooks, www.justerini.com, all UK).
Tasting note: A much more sauvage-suffused nose features plenty of warm earth character on the spicy, floral and dark currant aromas. This too possesses a supple mid-palate as the slightly bigger and richer medium-bodied flavors display excellent power and punch on the relatively robust and mineral-driven and well-balanced finish. While this should be approachable young, if you wish to experience it at its peak plenty of patience will be required.