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    272
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    3
  • Decanting time

    2h
  • When to drink

    now to 2035
  • Food Pairing

    Simply roast duck

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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It was Rousseau’s turn at laying claim to part of the throne in our weekend’s games, and we began with an outstanding 1993 Rousseau Chambertin Clos de Beze.  There were deep cherry oil aromas and great musk to its super sexy nose, along with vitamin and yeast complexities.  Its palate was rich and decadent, full of citrus and forest flavors.  This was still young (96+).

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Origin

Beaune, Burgundy

Vintage Quality

Excellent

Value For Money

Good

Fake factory

None

Glass time

2h

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 John Kapon / CEO / Ackerr Merrall & Condit, Pro (United States)  tasted  Chambertin Clos de Bèze 1993  ( Domaine Armand Rousseau )

It was Rousseau’s turn at laying claim to part of the throne in our weekend’s games, and we began with an outstanding 1993 Rousseau Chambertin Clos de Beze.  There were deep cherry oil aromas and great musk to its super sexy nose, along with vitamin and yeast complexities.  Its palate was rich and decadent, full of citrus and forest flavors.  This was still young (96+).

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 John Kapon / CEO / Ackerr Merrall & Condit, Pro (United States)  tasted  Chambertin Clos de Bèze 1993  ( Domaine Armand Rousseau )

"The 1993 Rousseau Chambertin Clos de Beze was a special treat with its aromas of forest, cedar and tree-like fruit. It was served a touch cold but made me feel warm and fuzzy anyway. Flavors of black, burnt rubber made me hot like revved up motors. This was life in the fast lane (96+)."

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 John Kapon / CEO / Ackerr Merrall & Condit, Pro (United States)  tasted  Chambertin Clos de Bèze 1993  ( Domaine Armand Rousseau )

"Historically, this wine in this vintage has averaged 97 points for me, but something magical happened one afternoon in the middle of Hong Kong harbor on a yacht, with another dozen plus Rousseau wines from many great vintages. I almost forgot Eric himself being in attendance. This bottle 1993 reached beyond its normal wingspan and touched the heavens this afternoon, delivering a mind-blowing combination of fruit, finsh and balance. When a great 1993 Burgundy shows fruit like this bottle did, it can be amongst the greatest vintages ever in Burgundy. "

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