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Domaine Armand Rousseau

Domaine Armand Rousseau Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru

Product Information: Domaine Armand Rousseau ranks with Romanée-Conti, Leflaive, Jacques Prieur, and a small handful of names that are the stuff of Burgundy legend. These domaines produce impeccable quality wines from vintage to vintage, and consistently place Burgundy at the top of the wine world. Each of the domaine’s prestigious holdings are in Gevrey Chambertin, with the exception of Grand Cru Clos de la Roche in Morey-St. Denis. The domaine has 8 hectares of Grand Crus, including in Chambertin and in Clos de Bèze. Rousseau also owns acreage in the famed Premier Cru Clos St. Jacques, and the monopole, Grand Cru Clos des Ruchottes. Director and heir to the domaine, Cyrielle Rousseau, remarks on the stylistic differences of the Grand Cru sites, "Charmes is supposed to be more feminine and elegant than Mazy-Chambertin, which is often more structured. Chambertin is strong and firm, while Clos de Bèze is more delicate and spicy. Each one of the grand crus is so different." Moreover the wines from Gevrey are generally fruitier and spicier than those from Morey Stain-Denis which are quite mineral, tannic and monolithic in comparison. Regarding winemaking, simplicity is key. For all wines around 90% of the grapes are destemmed. All the vine fruit is placed in open stainless steel tanks, where it is fermented for 18 to 20 days. During fermentation between 31-34 degrees, the juice is gently and continuously pumped over with regular treading to release colour and tannins. After fermentation, the wines are delicately pressed in a pneumatic press and are allowed to settle for 24 hours. Finally, the winemaker transfers the wine to oak barrels. Here, malolactic fermentation takes place naturally. The wine is aged for 18 months in before bottling. Every Armand Rousseau wine is released two years after bottling. Maker: Domaine Armand Rousseau is one of Burgundy’s greatest producers. Their wines inspire awe in the fine wine world, with each vintage highly sought after. The domaine was founded at the turn of the last century by its namesake Armand Rousseau, courtesy of a small inheritance of vineyards in Gevrey Chambertin followed by additional vineyards added through marriage. Today, the domaine produces some of the world's most prized wines. Their substantial holdings of Chambertin have accumulated through purchases which span nearly 90 years. The estate boasts a rich history, initiated by the pioneering efforts of Armand Rousseau in the 1930s. Today, his grandson Eric and great-granddaughter Cyrielle are at the helm. The wines produced by this domaine are pale, finely structured and possess great elegance and stamina. The key to the Rousseau style is simple - old vines and sensible yields, with the wines gaining weight and complexity as they age. These wines are highly coveted by collectors and investors due to their limited annual production of just 65,000 bottles. Vineyard: Most of the domaine's prestigious holdings is in Gevrey Chambertin, with the exception of Grand Cru Clos de la Roche in Morey-St. Denis. The domaine controls a remarkable 8 hectares of Grand Crus, including 6.25 acres in Chambertin and 3.45 in Clos de Bèze. Rousseau owns 5.5 acres in the famed Premier Cru Clos St. Jacques, which accounts for 40% of the total acreage, and 100% of the 2.5-acre monopole, Grand Cru Clos des Ruchottes. The Armand Rousseau vineyard plots are located on the eastern and south-eastern slopes of Cote de Nuits, giving the vine plantings ideal sun exposure. The vineyards are planted with old vines that enjoy clay-limestone soils - attributing Armand Rousseau wine's added complexity and concentration. Eric Rousseau practices traditional viticultural techniques combined with modern methodologies to bring out the best expression of his Pinot Noir. This includes Green harvesting helps to reduce yields (30-40 hL per hectare) and produce concentrated fruits. Leaf stripping helps the grape vines get enough sun exposure for ripening. Plowing of the vineyards helps aerate to the soil. Avoiding the use of chemical fertilizers further maintains soil health. Nose - Floral Top Notes, Red Cherries, Turned Earth A discreet application of wood frames pure aromas of red cherries, just turned earth and a floral top note. Palate - Tensile, Fine, Powerful The palate is supple but racy middleweight flavors aren't quite as concentrated but they're finer and more powerful. Finish - Powdery Tannins, Saline, Cherry Inflection Powdery tannins and a saline finish, it will require a bit of patience.

Domaine Armand Rousseau Clos St Jacques 1er cru

A Premier Cru by classification; a Grand Cru by breed. Clos Saint Jacques has long been a contentious site. For many it is superior to all Grands Crus in Gevrey but for the regal duo of Chambertin and Clos de Bèze and even then, it is often their equal. Sturt. Forceful. Ferrous. Among the very greatest expressions of this regal commune, Jasper Morris MW refers to the Clos as the crown prince, as it slopes steeply to an ideal southern and easterly exposure. Rousseaus, by far the finest articulation.

Domaine Armand Rousseau Chambertin Grand Cru

With its distinctive East meets West blue and gold 1932-designed label, Rousseaus Chambertin is one of Burgundys and the worlds greatest and most sought after wines. With 2.56ha of Chambertin acquired at various times since the 1920s Rousseau is the largest owner of this historic 12.90 ha Grand Cru that lies between Latricieres Chambertin to the south and Clos de Bèze to the north at between 275-300 metres. Along with Rousseaus equally mesmerizing Clos de Bèze, the Chambertin is always amongst the best and most long-lived wines of any vintage and even when young you barely notice the 100% new wood given its power and complexity.

Domaine Armand Rousseau Grand Cru

Domaine Armand Rousseau

Domaine Armand Rousseau Gevrey Chambertin Clos St. Jacques Premier Cru

Domaine Armand Rousseau is a highly esteemed producer of top-quality red Burgundy, renowned for labels such as Chambertin and Charmes-Chambertin. The estate's ownership of 5.5 acres of the prestigious Premier Cru vineyard, Clos des Ruchottes, is a testament to the quality of their wines. The grapes undergo meticulous sorting and a cool maceration before being aged in barrel for 18-24 months. Armand Rousseau wines are bottled unfiltered, allowing the full expression of the terroir to shine through. These wines are highly coveted by collectors and investors due to their limited annual production of just 65,000 bottles. Burgundy is a highly respected wine region in east-central France, known for producing top-quality red and white wines. The region is home to famous producers such as Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, Domaine Armand Rousseau, and Domaine Leroy. Burgundy's wines are some of the most prestigious in the world, with Grand Cru-designated vineyards being an essential marker for quality. The Côte d'Or is home to many of these Grand Cru and Premier Cru wines, including the Côte de Nuits and Gevrey-Chambertin. These wines are known for being finessed, earthy and age-worthy, making them highly desirable among fine wine investors and collectors. The Domaine Armand Rousseau Gevrey Chambertin Clos St. Jacques Premier Cru 2020 is a wine that effortlessly combines power and elegance. The aromas of ripe black fruits, black cherries, spices and subtle woody notes create an unforgettable sensory experience. The velvety texture and tannic structure of this wine leave a lasting impression, making you crave more. The flavour profile is slightly riper, with the essence of black cherry and poached plum complemented by an array of spice, floral, earth and wood nuances. The medium-weight plus flavours are both elegant and bold, with a striking intensity and minerality that culminates in a powerful, focused and incredibly long finish. The harmony and balance of this wine are impressive and it is expected to age gracefully for several decades. Overall, the Domaine Armand Rousseau Gevrey Chambertin Clos St. Jacques Premier Cru 2020 is a standout among Premier Cru wines. Its unique terroir and meticulous winemaking process make it a must-try for any Burgundy enthusiast. This wine is sure to impress even the most discerning of palates and is guaranteed to become a treasured addition to any collection.

Domaine Armand Rousseau Gevrey-Chambertin