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Chambertin – Domaine Armand Rousseau

Chambertin gained a reputation from the patronage of Napoleon I, who is rumoured not to have drunk anything else and watered down his Chambertin with plenty of water. He favoured it at five to six years old and never drank more than half a bottle with a meal. When the ex-Emperor was exiled on St. Helena, he was forced to drink claret, since that was easier to ship to the isolated island.

The Rousseau Domaine was started at the beginning of the 20th century by Armand Rousseau who, at his majority, inherited several plots of vineyards in Gevrey Chambertin. The Domaine premises with the living house, the storing places, the cellars and the winery, are situated in the oldest part of the village, near the 13th century church.

From 1959, after Armand Rousseau's death, Charles Rousseau was at the head of a Domaine of 6 ha which he continued developing rapidly thanks to his great knowledge in oenology, and his experience, by acquiring new vineyards, especially in "Grands Crus" areas. He decided to turn principally towards export, and, after the USA where his father had already starting to sell his wines right after prohibition at the end of the 30's, he developed the exchanges first with Great-Britain, Germany, Switzerland, soon afterwards to all European countries, then to Canada, Australia, New-Zealand, Brazil, etc. and lastly Asia in the 1970’s.

His son Eric joined him at the beginning of the 1980's to take care more especially of the vineyards and the vinification. In 1993, Corinne, Charles's elder daughter, after many years of professional experience in export abroad and in France, came back to the Domaine and in her turn took in charge the commercial relationship with customers.

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Chambertin – Domaine Armand Rousseau

Chambertin gained a reputation from the patronage of Napoleon I, who is rumoured not to have drunk anything else and watered down his Chambertin with plenty of water. He favoured it at five to six years old and never drank more than half a bottle with a meal. When the ex-Emperor was exiled on St. Helena, he was forced to drink claret, since that was easier to ship to the isolated island.
The Rousseau Domaine was started at the beginning of the 20th century by Armand Rousseau who, at his majority, inherited several plots of vineyards in Gevrey Chambertin. The Domaine premises with the living house, the storing places, the cellars and the winery, are situated in the oldest part of the village, near the 13th century church.
From 1959, after Armand Rousseau's death, Charles Rousseau was at the head of a Domaine of 6 ha which he continued developing rapidly thanks to his great knowledge in oenology, and his experience, by acquiring new vineyards, especially in "Grands Crus" areas. He decided to turn principally towards export, and, after the USA where his father had already starting to sell his wines right after prohibition at the end of the 30's, he developed the exchanges first with Great-Britain, Germany, Switzerland, soon afterwards to all European countries, then to Canada, Australia, New-Zealand, Brazil, etc. and lastly Asia in the 1970’s.
His son Eric joined him at the beginning of the 1980's to take care more especially of the vineyards and the vinification. In 1993, Corinne, Charles's elder daughter, after many years of professional experience in export abroad and in France, came back to the Domaine and in her turn took in charge the commercial relationship with customers.


Soil: lime-clay
Production area: 8 ha
Grape varieties: 100% Pinot Noir
Average vineyard age: 40-45 years
Harvest method: hand picked, sorting in the vineyards
Winemaking: in open stainless steel vats, with 75% partial destemming, a 14-15 days fermentation and strict control of temperatures with a maximum of 30-31°C. No yeast is added. "Remontage" - pumping over - and "pigeage" - pressing down - are done on a regular basis. Malolactic fermentation, which follows alcoholic fermentation, is performed in oak barrels in the cellar.
Ageing: in 100 % new oak barrels. Aging lasts 20 to 22 months in very cold and naturally humid cellars.



Domaine Armand Rousseau
1 Rue de l’Aumonerie
21220 Gevrey Chambertin
France
Tel. +33 3 8034 3055

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Latest Pro-tasting notes

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Tasting note

color

Medium

ending

Medium, Extensive and Pure

nose

Intense

recommend

Yes

taste

Balanced, Well-Integrated, Multi-dimensional, Developing, Full-bodied, Round, Vigor and Elegant

Verdict

Transparent and Full-bodied

Written Notes

1983 Rousseau Chambertin – this is probably not a legendary wine or a top scorer on the vintage charts, however it truly summarizes to me, what great burgundy is all about. At this age the wine still has a fair amount of fruit, structure and bite, combine this with an incredibly seducing perfume that can only emerge with age, every time I put my nose in a great burgundy I’m so fascinated how everything can be hidden in there – earth, mineral, wild berries, roses, and something almost on a sexual level, the scent of a beautiful woman, well, that´s it I suppose, good burgundy reminds me of sex…

Ful colour. Now undue development. Quite spicy on the nose. Medium-full body. Rich, fat and meaty. This is an individual wine with a lot of interest and dimension. Very good grip. Still plenty of vigour.

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Origin

Beaune, Burgundy

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 Andreas Larsson / Best Sommelier in the World 2004, Pro (Sweden)  tasted  Chambertin 1983  ( Domaine Armand Rousseau )

1983 Rousseau Chambertin – this is probably not a legendary wine or a top scorer on the vintage charts, however it truly summarizes to me, what great burgundy is all about. At this age the wine still has a fair amount of fruit, structure and bite, combine this with an incredibly seducing perfume that can only emerge with age, every time I put my nose in a great burgundy I’m so fascinated how everything can be hidden in there – earth, mineral, wild berries, roses, and something almost on a sexual level, the scent of a beautiful woman, well, that´s it I suppose, good burgundy reminds me of sex…

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 Clive Coates / MW, Wine Writer (France)  tasted  Chambertin 1983  ( Domaine Armand Rousseau )

Ful colour. Now undue development. Quite spicy on the nose. Medium-full body. Rich, fat and meaty. This is an individual wine with a lot of interest and dimension. Very good grip. Still plenty of vigour.

10m 8d ago

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