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  • Decanting time

    2h
  • When to drink

    now to 2035
  • Food Pairing

    duck Bolognese

The Story

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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Vintage 1990

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

<10 tasting notes

Tasting note

color

Full

ending

Smooth and Pure

flavors

Cherry and Mineral

recommend

Yes

taste

Concentrated, Well-Integrated, Complex, Focused, Rich and Ripe

Written Notes

We finally made it to the red Burgundies; it was a lot of work to get here, but we were primed and ready. The Copperhead signed, sealed and delivered with a 1990 Rousseau Chambertin. This was a ‘wow’ wine, possessing green bean goodness in its nose along with some wet bamboo. There were delicious and rich red fruit flavors that had that green, stalky goodness. The bamboo stayed and had no zled. This was a long, elegant yet substantial wine. Someone mentioned ‘Catherine Deneuve’ (97).
  • 97p

Full, vigorous colour. Rich, full, fat, concentrated nose. Full body. Very lovely fruit. Lots of depth and dimension. Excellent grip. A profound wine which is more Chambertin than 1990. Excellent. Now to 2020 plus.

Information

Origin

Beaune, Burgundy

Vintage Quality

Outstanding

Value For Money

Very good

Investment potential

Good

Fake factory

None

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 Clive Coates / MW, Wine Writer (France)  tasted  Chambertin 1990  ( Domaine Armand Rousseau )

Full, vigorous colour. Rich, full, fat, concentrated nose. Full body. Very lovely fruit. Lots of depth and dimension. Excellent grip. A profound wine which is more Chambertin than 1990. Excellent. Now to 2020 plus.

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 John Kapon / CEO / Ackerr Merrall & Condit, Pro (United States)  tasted  Chambertin 1990  ( Domaine Armand Rousseau )

"We finally made it to the red Burgundies; it was a lot of work to get here, but we were primed and ready. The Copperhead signed, sealed and delivered with a 1990 Rousseau Chambertin. This was a ‘wow’ wine, possessing green bean goodness in its nose along with some wet bamboo. There were delicious and rich red fruit flavors that had that green, stalky goodness. The bamboo stayed and had no zled. This was a long, elegant yet substantial wine. Someone mentioned ‘Catherine Deneuve’ (97)."

3y 9m ago

97p
 John Kapon / CEO / Ackerr Merrall & Condit, Pro (United States)  tasted  Chambertin 1990  ( Domaine Armand Rousseau )

"The 1990 Rousseau Chambertin that followed was bamboo city in its saucy and powerful nose. There were many shades of red in its rich fruit profile. There was great acidity and shine to its palate, which snapped, crackled and popped. This was a heavy, meaty and saucy wine with a wow and how finish. This is one 1990 Red Burgundy that is no doubt about it great (97+M)."

4y 6m ago

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