Armand Rousseau Retrospective 1970-2010. Definitely the most revered Domaine in Gevrey Chambertin, Rousseau is more than a century old n has not missed a step since the beginning. They do not proclaim to be biodynamic or even being dogmatic in their vinification but having tasted these wines that span 4 decades one can understand why there’s no need for any change. The wines are thoroughbreds and they are a class of their own.
Clos St Jacques 02. Minty herbs, black fruits, very open and expressive with good density and layers of dark fruits. It’s beginning to open again after a few disappointing showing.
Chambertin Clos de Beze 05. Majestic nose, exuberant black fruits, black olives. Intense n jam pack with fruits but very compact at the moment. Love the linearity and airy notes.
Chambertin 10. Extremely airy and floral, intoxicating nose. very poised, a super sonic wine. Intense n concentrated but completely weightless. Wow! A close 2nd for WOTN.
Mazy Chambertin 93. Roses, rhubarb, forest floor, iron n ethereal. Best nose of the night! Juicy and minerally w lively acidity. Such a pleasure now. Got a bit thin after aeration.
Ruchottes Chambertin 90. A touch barnyard, candied, a touch alcoholic. very ripe red n black fruits, dense and spicy. Doesn’t seem to be approaching 30 years!
Chambertin 93. Minty, airy, super poised n regal nose! Great symmetry and complete. Power without the weight! It is so good yet it fell short of our expectations! Tough crowd!
Clos st Jacques 70. Pale salmon pink, dried flowers, iron n hints of caramel. Clean fruit w purity and acidity. A lovely drink that’s still fresh. A little thin on the finish.
Charmes Chambertin 85. Autumn forest floor, dried strawberries, slight overripe sweetness, a touch savoury and a little thin n grippy on the finish. U can tell that it’s from a warm vintage but the there isn’t enough density to stretch any further.
Chambertin 74. Surprise of the night. Candy coated cranberries, dried rose petals, cinnamon n nutmeg spices, a hauntingly fragile quality to the nose. On the palate it’s a different animal altogether, sweet, viscous and still so much more to give. Mesmerizing. WOTN!