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Region Producer Vintage Name Qty Unit Case Format Price Note Rating
Red Burgundy Rousseau 2001 Mazy Chambertin

2 Bottle 75cl £550
  • Domaine Armand Rousseau Père et Fils
    Grand Cru Red barrel
    Score: 88-91
    Tasted: Jan 01, 2003
    Drink: 2009-15
    Issue: 9
    Producer note: Corinne Rousseau commented that the 2001s were extremely slow to develop as they were extremely tight, very structured and unforthcoming when they were first racked into barrel. "Unlike some domaines, we had minimal rot, probably because we again did a severe green harvest". She characterizes the vintage as "a very good one and 1993 is probably the best comparison as it behaved just like 2001 when it was at this stage". Rousseau believes that the bottling will be pushed back slightly from July to August and the wines will not be fined but will be filtered. (Frederick Wildman and Sons, New York, NY)
    Tasting note: This too is quite soft with the classic sauvage and animale notes and slightly bigger, weightier flavors that deliver more flavor authority and punch if not as much elegance. Nicely concentrated with buried tannins and good length plus lovely finishing harmony.

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Red Burgundy Rousseau 2003 Charmes Chambertin

3 Bottle 75cl £390
  • Tasting note: The freshest nose to this point with exuberant, pure and very pretty red pinot fruit nuanced by spice, earth and subtle underbrush notes that give way to supple, easy and very forward middle weight flavors that don't quite possess the same degree of finishing complexity as the Caz and this is a bit shorter as well.

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Red Burgundy Rousseau 2005 Gevrey Chambertin

1 Bottle 75cl £195
  • Tasting note: A lovely and expressive nose that is unusually broad relative to its normal backward state features a pretty mix of red, black and violet earth-infused aromas that lead to rich, supple and round flavors that possess good depth and a nervy and racy finish, all wrapped in a nicely long finish.

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Red Burgundy Rousseau 2005 Ruchottes Chambertin Clos des Ruchottes

1 Case 6 75cl £4,350
  • Tasting note: A more deeply pitched and very cool nose offers up very ripe dark berry fruit, truffles, spice hints and a touch of the sauvage, the latter of which can also be found on the rich, full and sweet medium weight plus flavors that deliver fine punch and precision on the delineated and exceptionally pure mineral infused finish. While always a fine wine in the Rousseau stable, 2005 is one of the best vintages that I have seen and it will age well.

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Red Burgundy Rousseau 2008 Ruchottes Chambertin Clos des Ruchottes

[original 12x75 case]

6 Bottle 75cl £450
  • Tasting note: This is also extremely fresh, pure and expressive with a supremely elegant, cool and restrained nose of red berry fruit, floral nuances and obvious minerality that extends to the detailed, delicious and equally pure medium-bodied flavors that possess a silky texture and outstanding finish length and complexity. This is so fresh and with so much underlying energy and tension that one really feels like drinking this. Lovely juice.

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Red Burgundy Rousseau 2011 Ruchottes Chambertin Clos des Ruchottes

5 Bottle 75cl £395
  • Tasting note: Not surprisingly this hasn't changed greatly since my last review in January 2014 (see herein) and most of my original tasting note remains apt. An adroit but not invisible application of wood frames cool, pure and restrained red and dark berry fruit, truffle and spice aromas that are becoming slightly earthier. There is good richness and volume to the intensely mineral-driven flavors that terminate in a beautifully complex, lengthy and impeccably well-balanced finish. This is very classy and should be excellent in due course. I should note that this is actually enjoyable now and while it is nowhere near its full maturity it is lovely thanks to the fine balance. Tasted twice recently with consistent results.

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Red Burgundy Rousseau 2013 Clos de Beze

2 Case 6 75cl £8,800
  • Another striking wine, the 2013 Chambertin-Clos de Bèze is beautifully layered and expressive today. Violets, lavender, dark spices, mint and new leather meld together as this striking, translucent wine shows off its unmistakable personality. This is an especially refined Bèze with perhaps a bit less power than is customary, but that is not at all a bad thing. As always, the new oak (80%) is quite evident today, but that should not be an issue, as I can't imagine opening a bottle of the 2013 before its tenth birthday, and even that will be too soon for the wine to deliver the full breadth of its pedigree.

    Score: 94 - 97

    Antonio Galloni, Maturity: 2025-204301 April 2015

    Subtle if not invisible wood serves as a backdrop for the highly spiced, cool and pure mélange of red currant, dark berry, earth and once again exotic tea nuances. There is knock-out intensity to the gorgeously textured and mineral-inflected flavors that are imposingly scaled yet there is not even a hint of heaviness on the restrained, delineated and explosively long and mouth coating finale. This breathtakingly fine effort is a simply beautiful combination of power and grace. Don't miss!

    Score: 95 - 98

    Allen Meadows, Burghound Maturity: 2031+15 January 2015

    The 2013 Chambertin Clos de Bèze Grand Cru has a more complex, nuanced bouquet than the Clos Saint Jacques and this year, it insists upon putting distance between the two. It has an effortless quality, unfurling with each swirl dark berried fruit, subtle moss/undergrowth tones that are almost autumnal. The palate is tensile, intense, focused and underpinned by filigree tannins that lend it magnificent sophistication. This is utterly harmonious and an outstanding wine for the vintage.

    Score: 95 - 97

    Neal Martin, Wine Advocate Maturity: 2018-204001 December 2014

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Red Burgundy Rousseau 2013 Chambertin

2 Case 6 75cl £9,600
  • Tasted blind at the Burgfest tasting in Beaune, the 2013 Chambertin Grand Cru from Armand Rousseau had a slight reduction on the nose but underneath lies some gorgeous and ripe redcurrant, strawberry and bay leaf aromas. Very complex, but you need to wait for the aromas to fully get into their stride. The palate is extremely well balanced with fine tannins. It is blessed with wonderful focus and precision, armed with outstanding tension and intensity on the sophisticated finish. This is what we call in the trade: "proper Chambertin."

    Score: 95

    Neal Martin, Wine Advocate Maturity: 2018-205030 November 2016

    Matured in 100% new oak, the 2013 Chambertin Grand Cru has wonderful transparency on the nose, beautifully defined with Morello, crushed strawberry, limestone and orange sorbet. The palate is supremely well balanced with lithe tannins, beautiful acidity and real elegance on the finish. This is a sublime Chambertin, but I might hedge my bets with the Clos de Bèze this year.

    Score: 94 - 96

    Neal Martin, Wine Advocate Maturity: 2019-204001 December 2014

    Very good deep red. Closer to the CSJ than to the CDB on the nose, offering terrific pungent lift to the aromas of black raspberry, rose petal and blood orange. Wonderfully sappy and pure, without any impression of weightiness to its saline flavors of raspberry, spices and white pepper. Utterly fine-grained, silky wine with great finesse. One of the longest, most palate-saturating wines of this vintage, finishing with noble tannins and taste bud-titilllating perfume. Perfectly balanced also but built for a glorious evolution in bottle. It would be a shame to open this bottle too soon.

    Score: 97

    Stephen Tanzer, Maturity: 2026-2042

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Red Burgundy Rousseau 2014 Clos de Beze

1 Bottle 75cl £1,250
  • Domaine Armand Rousseau Père et Fils
    Chambertin-Clos de Bèze
    Grand Cru Red 750 ml
    Score: 97
    Tasted: Jan 15, 2017
    Drink: 2032+
    Issue: 65
    Note: 90% new wood

    Tasting note: A brilliantly discreet spicy nose consists of sandalwood, essence of black cherry liqueur, violets and a hint of the sauvage. There is seriously good size, weight and power to the imposingly scaled flavors that display almost painful intensity on the driving, explosively long and very firmly structured finish where a pleasing bead of minerality appears which helps to add lift to the finish. This is powerful and presently quite compact yet my sense is that despite being very tightly wound today, it should progressively unfold such that in 7 to 8 years, it may be sufficiently civilized to enjoy if you don't wish to wait for its full maturity.

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Red Burgundy Rousseau 2015 Ruchottes Chambertin Clos des Ruchottes

2 Bottle 75cl £590
  • Tasting note: A moderately high-toned nose combines notes of dark cherry, plum, lavender, earth and a lovely array of spice elements. The sleek and intense middle weight plus flavors possess terrific delineation as well as evident minerality before concluding in a racy finish that is even more powerful than usual. This is impressive and the mouthfeel is one of class and grace thanks to the notably fine-grained tannins shaping the finish. This is seriously good high quality juice that is definitely bigger and more full-bodied than usual but even so it is perhaps less marked by the elevated ripeness level of the 2015 vintage despite the presence of a subtle hint of backend warmth.

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Red Burgundy Rousseau 2015 Chambertin

1 Case 6 75cl £13,950
  • Tasting note: Here too there is just enough oak to mention but once again it's not really enough to impair the purity of the distinctly cool and ultra-spicy red currant, underbrush, sandalwood, lilac and plenty of earth aromas. The rich, intense and overtly muscular big-bodied flavors possess a similar level of minerality that is borderline pungent and it informs the explosively long, firm and very serious finish. This notably powerful, but not really austere effort, displays magnificent potential and if it develops its usual degree of complexity over time it should merit the upper end of my projected range. But as structured and firm as it is, I suspect that this will drink well after only 6 to 8 years of age thanks to the incredible abundance of dry extract.

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Red Burgundy Rousseau 2016 Lavaux Saint Jacques

1 Bottle 75cl £260
  • Tasting note: This is aromatically similar to the straight Gevrey villages cuvée though with much better complexity. There is also more size, weight and intensity to the stony and muscular medium weight flavors that possess a sleek mouthfeel, all wrapped in a precise, lingering and youthfully austere finale. This will also definitely need at least some time in bottle before it will be approachable.

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Red Burgundy Rousseau 2016 Gevrey 1er Cru Cazetiers

1 Bottle 75cl £275
  • Tasting note: A markedly sauvage-inflected nose combines ultra-fresh and cool aromas of plum, violet, dark currant and plenty of earth. There is similar size, weight and muscle to the equally stony middle weight flavors that possess a chiseled, youthfully austere and beautifully persistent finish. This is even firmer though the supporting tannins are clearly ripe. Patience advised.

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Red Burgundy Rousseau 2016 Charmes Chambertin

1 Bottle 75cl £295
  • Tasting note: 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.
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Red Burgundy Rousseau 2016 Ruchottes Chambertin Clos des Ruchottes

3 Bottle 75cl £595
  • Tasting note: A highly appealing freshness to the elegant aromas of red and dark berries that are at once intensely earthy and spicy. In the same fashion, there is a lovely sense of verve and freshness to the markedly mineral-driven medium-bodied flavors that possess first-rate delineation on the sleek, youthfully austere and sneaky long finish. This is really quite classy and has already developed impressive depth. While this clearly has the intrinsic stuffing to reward extended cellaring, 5-ish years or so should be sufficient in order to enjoy this beauty if youthful fruit is your preference.

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Red Burgundy Rousseau 2016 Clos Saint Jacques

4 Bottle 75cl £760
  • Burghound Tasting note: Rousseau noted that the 2016 CSJ contains more fruit from the upper portion as the lower part was heavily affected by the frost. An elegant, pure and exuberantly spicy nose blends notes of essence of red berries with wisps of earth, lavender and a background hint of oak. The equally pure middle weight flavors possess excellent mid-palate concentration along with the same intense mineral streak as the Ruchottes while delivering stunningly good depth and persistence on the beautifully well-balanced finish. As good as the Ruchottes is, and it's first-rate, there is simply another dimension present here.

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Red Burgundy Rousseau 2016 Gevrey Chambertin

2 Case 12 75cl £2,500
  • Tasted from bottle, Rousseau's 2016 Gevrey-Chambertin Village opens in the glass with a youthfully reserved bouquet of wild berry fruit, plums, peonies and orange rind mingled with suggestions of forest floor and cedar. On the palate, the wine is medium to full-bodied, supple and sapid, with lively acids, good depth at the core and fine structuring tannins that subtly assert themselves on the finish. Even this communal bottling—which contains declassified premier cru fruit—is quite introverted at this stage, and readers with bottles in their cellars are advised to forget them for the better part of a decade.

    Score: 91

    William Kelley, Wine Advocate Maturity: 2026-204009 January 2020

    This is much more deeply pitched and pungently earth with its array of very fresh red and dark berries that carry whiffs of earth and the sauvage. The rich, round and attractively textured medium-bodied flavors possess better depth and persistence as well as notably better underlying material. Note that this well-made effort is going to require at least a few years of patience first.

    Score: 88 - 91

    Allen Meadows, Burghound Maturity: 2024+15 January 2018

    (this wine includes premier cru fruit from Clos Prieur and Estournelles Saint-Jacques, as well as grapes from five village parcels): Medium red. Red cherry and raspberry aromas are complicated by savory soil scents. A step up in complexity and plushness from the Clos du Château, conveying lovely sweetness and salty mineral notes to its energetic red fruit and earth flavors. This seamless, fully ripe village wine spreads out to saturate the palate on the ripely tannic, echoing finish.

    Score: 88 - 90

    Stephen Tanzer, 01 January 2018

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Red Burgundy Rousseau 2017 Gevrey Chambertin Clos du Chateau

1 Bottle 150cl £750
  • Domaine Armand Rousseau Père et Fils
    Gevrey-Chambertin "Clos du Chateau"
    Villages Red barrel
    Score: 87-89
    Tasted: Jan 10, 2019
    Drink: 2022+
    Issue: 73
    Note: a 1.36 ha monopole of the domaine
    Producer note: Like most of her colleagues, Eric Rousseau's daughter Cyrielle described the 2017 growing season as "an easy one where there really wasn't too much to worry about other than controlling yields. After the frost losses we endured in 2016, many of the vines that had suffered damage were especially productive so it was necessary to drop quite a bit of fruit. However, out of all of the things that it's at times necessary to be concerned about, the best one to have is controlling yields, in fact I would call it a high class problem. Because the flowering passed quickly, the fruit had relatively homogenous ripeness levels plus it was very clean. Thus when we started the harvest on the 5th of September, we were able to harvest quickly, in fact we picked everything in only 8 days. Yields were obviously much better than in 2016 and we averaged around 35 hl/ha across all of our appellations. And by the same token when the fruit is ripe and clean the vinifications were straightforward. As to the wines, they're actually quite powerful with excellent freshness levels. The acidities aren't high but from a taste perspective, that is not at all how they come across as they're really quite vibrant. It's true that they don't have the sheer densities of the 2016s but they're so well-balanced that they're impressively harmonious." I agree with Cyrielle's take on the wines because while the Rousseau '17s aren't quite as dense as their '16s, they're not far off and they are complete and well-balanced. And the '16s, three of which are revisited from bottle below, are stunning; they were bottled in April 2018. As I reported previously, the domaine is now using bottles where the bottom of it is embossed with the name of the domaine. Also as of 2015 each cork used for the Chambertin and Clos de Bèze is individually analyzed for TCA-taint. This quality control step is being progressively applied to the other wines in the range.
    Tasting note: An expressive and quite aromatic nose freely offers up notes of red and dark berries laced with earth and a whiff of forest floor. The supple, round and delicious lighter weight flavors possess good verve while offering acceptable depth and persistence. This easy-going effort could easily be enjoyed young.

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