Rousseau 2009 Horizontal Tasting: Leather, earth and cinnamon. Medium length, but fading and not necessarily evocative of old burgundy but the flavour is quite appealing for now with its earthy savouriness. Probably not a pristine bottle.
First Dinner in Burgundy (Bistro de l'Hotel - Beaune): From magnum, this was also sent over by the very generous next table. Sensational aromatic start with cooked porcini, leather and evolved black cherry aromas. More earth flavors than fruit, this wine is at a great place today and went perfectly with egg served with fresh summer truffles. This magnum probably hadn't moved from bottling until tonight, since Eric Rousseau was at that generous table and there was no label on this bottle.
1983 Rousseau Clos de Bèze and Clos St. Jacques side by side over dinner. Opened one hour before dinner, but not decanted.
Both wines showed signature Rousseau bouquet of perfumed potpourri jumping out of the glass (not VA), wonderfully expressive and beguiling. On the nose the Clos de Bèze was “darker”, the Clos St. Jacques brighter with pronounced mineral notes. Similar profile on the palate, the Clos de Bèze offering dark red fruit with plenty of old Burgundy secondary flavors of sous bois; the dusty tannins and dry extract providing a nice base for the flavors. The Clos St. Jacques offered a noticeably brighter profile of red fruit with mineral flavors mixed in with the sous bois; showing a somewhat lighter and fresher style. A very interesting comparison, both the Rousseau style and vineyard terroir signatures were readily apparent, each wine as they should be.
Light red in color with brownish rim, very plesant nose with sweet red cherries and a bit of strawberries, very pure fruited. Light to medium body that is more pleasant than complex. Very good given the vintage.
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(Rousseau Gevrey Chambertin Clos St. Jacques) The 1983 Rousseau Gevrey Chambertin Clos St. Jacques had a minty, intense nose that was very rusty and still vibrant. In the mouth, there were tasty strawberry and earth flavors to go with lots of acidity and its overall minty personality. Most preferred the ’83 to the ’88, but I found them both excellent and qualitatively equal despite their stylistic differences
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