2001 Gevrey-Chambertin Grand Cru Dinner (Kheam Hock Road): The first of the reds, this was quite a start. It had a beautiful nose, with dark cherries riding on a backdrop of earth, spice and wet stone. With time, some savoury notes of meat stock and umami started drifting out alongside the fruitier notes. A rich, heady nose; on the darker side of Gevrey, but very lovely. I really liked the wine on the palate as well. It showed lovely clarity and freshness, with its rich dark cherry notes ringing with energy, but also touched with a classic Clos St Jacques coolness and undergirded by a nice, stony minerality. Past the midpalate, the wine seemed to ease into a long, gentle finish, but this quickly gave was a to a nice strong grip of fine tannins. I really liked this wine. It was very complete, at once having tons of strength and yet also to a clarity of fruit that I have enjoyed in the best 2001s. This was much, much better than when I had it back in 2008. However, while drinking quite nicely, the structure and balance of the wine wed to a hint of CSJ austerity that is still there now makes me think that it really needs another 6-8 years more before showing at peak. Very good though – this could easily pass-off as a top Grand Cru anytime.
Decanted 3.5 hours. Slightly occluded colour, but classically Rousseau in texture and perfume. At least 5 years shy of being ready, reticent, lacking generosity. But everything is in place. Nose better delineated than the palate. I do not share the view that this, or other 2001s, are thin or somewhat lacking. This will be compelling in another 10 years or so.
Opened the bottle 1 hour before pouring. The wine was initially quite closed, but after a hour began to open up with gevrey earth and cherry. It still seemed somewhat muted and I think it needs more time and I probably won't try another bottle for 5 years.
Dave's 50th birthday party. Had it while the 50 Lafite was opening up. This is one gorgeous bottle of wine. What a long finish, and the fruit was so bright I had to look at the bottle again to see if I brought a younger one by mistake. At least in Rousseau's hands, this is Grand Cru quality.
Professional reviews have copyrights and you can view them here for your personal use only as private content. To view pro reviews you must either subscribe to a pre-integrated publication or manually enter reviews below. Learn more.
(Domaine Armand Rousseau Père et Fils Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Clos St. Jacques) Medium dark cherry red color with pale meniscus; ripe cherry, vanilla oak nose; tasty, ripe cherry, lavender and mineral palate; medium-plus finish 93+ pts..
(Rousseau Armand Gevrey-Chambertin Clos St.Jacques) Again medium colour. The nose whilst subdued is more interesting than the previous 'Ruchottes'. Lovely in the mouth - great fruit. Mouth-watering acidity and good tannin. Excellent.
(Armand Rousseau Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru "Clos St. Jacques") Crazy nose. So much going one. Palate is even better. Very intense and structured with lots of fruit, spice and earth. This is structured for the long haul. The finish does not end. The inner mouth perfume is unbelievably compelling. This has Grand Cru grip. This is the polar-opposite of Meo-Camuzet. The color is very light almost like Truchot. This is great.
NOTE: Some content is property of JancisRobinson.com and Burghound and Vinous and RJonWine.com and Burgundy-Report and Rockss and Fruit.