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2010 Domaine Armand Rousseau Pere et Fils Chambertin-Clos de Beze #173144457


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Based on 29 reviews on Cellartracker.com

Reviews 94-96 points Wine Advocate "...bursts from the glass with an exciting melange of blackberries, cassis, graphite, violets and exotic spices. The Beze is the most exuberant wine in the Rousseau lineup. Black cherries, spices and licorice develop in the glass, adding considerable weight and texture as the wine continues to flesh out. Firm, massive tannins provide the perfect foil for the exuberant fruit. (AG)" 97 points Vinous "Bright, saturated deep red. Incredible multidimensional nose combines cherry, raspberry, gunflint, crushed rock, flowers and oak spices; youthfully reserved but already remarkably complex. Thick but magically light on its feet, with penetrating red fruit flavors framed and carried by explosive salty minerality. (ST)" 97 points Burghound "Very deeply colored, indeed this is the mostly deeply tinted of the Rousseau '10s. A gentle touch of wood offsets the highly complex and ultra-fresh nose that interweaves a superb range of floral, spice and distinctly ripe fruit elements. The seductively textured, detailed, pure and vibrant broad-shouldered flavors display a subtle minerality before terminating in an explosive, powerful and tautly muscled finish that delivers massive length. (AM)"

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Cyrielle and Eric Rousseau in the vineyards of Domaine Armand Rousseau Pere et Fils

About Domaine Armand Rousseau Pere et Fils

Domaine Armand Rousseau stands as an iconic symbol in the world of Burgundy wine. Notably revered for its exceptional Pinot Noirs, the domaine has a strong focus on sustainable viticulture and a hands-off winemaking approach. This dedication to preserving the natural quality of their grapes is seen through the leadership of Eric Rousseau and his daughter Cyrielle, who manage the estate's impressive 15-hectare plot.

Located predominantly in Gevrey-Chambertin, the estate possesses significant vineyard holdings, including eight hectares designated as grand crus. Apart from Gevrey-Chambertin, they also control much of the Grand Cru Clos de la Roche in Morey-St. Denis and own significant portions in Chambertin, Clos de Bèze, and the Premier Cru Clos St. Jacques. Additionally, they hold a monopoly on the Grand Cru Clos des Ruchottes. The estate further expanded its control in August 2012, taking over the management of Château de Gevrey-Chambertin's vineyards, which include grand cru and premier cru holding throughout Gevrey-Chambertin.

The Rousseaus implement meticulous farming techniques, involving seasonal plowing, strategic green harvesting, and leaf-thinning. Yields are intentionally kept low to ensure authentic expression of the individual vineyard. In the winery, 90% of the fruit is de-stemmed to enhance aromatic intensity, followed by 18 days of maceration. The grapes are then gently pressed and fermented using a gravity-assisted method. The wines are barrel-aged for 18 months, with restrained use of new oak, then released precisely two years post-vintage.

Through this balance of respectful farming, restrained winemaking, and strategic vineyard ownership, Domaine Armand Rousseau crafts wines of exquisite structure and depth, consistently placing Burgundy at the pinnacle of the wine world. Their wines are more than just collectibles; they offer a singular, captivating experience of the terroir that evolves beautifully over time.

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