Initially, typically gorgeous, silky, seductive and elegant profile of all great Rousseau chambertins. However, as it aired it seemed to be a bit awkward at this stage and not as exciting as one would expect. Perhaps just going through an awkward teenage moment?
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(Rousseau Armand Chambertin) Medium-plus cherry-red. Creme brulee and red fruit presented in a very linear way. Takes a few minutes in the glass to open out, but really starts to shout 'look at me!' - mainly barrel influenced notes, coffee in the background too. The palate has an extra 'fatness' to the palate vs the Bèze, fireworks here too, they build a little more slowly but to equal effect. It's hard to make a preference here - it can only be based on stylistic leanings - but today, with fewer barrel artifacts and its more 'athletic' pose, I'd take the Bèze.
(Armand Rousseau Chambertin) Closed but whoahhhhhhh. Some serious material here. I did not drink this wine . . . .it drank me. What power. Complex nose of red cherries, spice, animal, minerals. Incredible nuance in the nose. The nose has delineation. Monstrous on the palate with huge concentration but then has so many layers on the unfolding finish. Long and dense but revealing 1/40 th of what it has to offer. I would sit on this for at least 20 years.
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