A. Rousseau, 'Ruchottes-Chambertin' Grand Cru 2003
Domaine Armand Rousseau is without a doubt, an icon. The original Armand Rousseau was at the forefront of the first wave of Domaine bottling in the 1930s. Simply put, he was one of the first to say, my wine is great enough to be bottled on its own rather than sold into bulk or to a larger distributor. It was a huge risk at a time when wine wasn’t about luxury so much as it was about just getting consumed. Today Eric, grandson of Armand, is in charge of the vines and cellar, with the help of his daughter Cyrielle.
Their vineyards are all in the northernmost town of Burgundy’s prime stretch of land, called Gevrey-Chambertin. Chambertin is said to be the grand cru vineyard with the most richness and power. The larger village of Gevrey-Chambertin and its surrounding vineyards adhere to the same stereotypes. It’s still pinot, but its darker, earthier, and even rustic. Today, it’s hard to measure as there is a shortcoming of great producers. The ones we care about, like Rousseau, lean towards making wines which are more floral, lighter, and elegant, despite the perception.
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