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Great tasting Domaine Armand Rousseau

De Librije(***), Zwolle, The Netherlands

Tasted May 12, 2010 by MauriceE with 1,180 views

Introduction

Tasting of 4 vintages of the great domaine Armand Rousseau. The tasting was in the cellar of Librije's Zusje(*). After this we had a Chef's table lunch at De Librije(***). All wines were served blind (also at the lunch) except for the mouthwasher. Neither the vintage nor the order of the wines were revealed until afterwards.

Flight 1 - Mouthwasher (1 note)

Red
2007 Domaine Armand Rousseau Père et Fils Gevrey-Chambertin France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Gevrey-Chambertin
Mouthwasher: very, very fruity. Subtle, mouthwatering. Good length, little sparkle. Nice starter.

Flight 2 - Blind rarity (1 note)

Red
1928 Chanson Père & Fils Chambertin France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Chambertin Grand Cru
Served blind at the Rousseau-tasting at de Librije. A very evolved nose, but surprisingly fresh in the mouth. Even some fruit there. A very, very experienced taster guessed 1978!! A great compliment for this wine for sure.

Flight 3 - The tasting itself: flight 1 (3 notes)

Red
2007 Domaine Armand Rousseau Père et Fils Chambertin-Clos de Bèze France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Chambertin-Clos de Bèze Grand Cru
A little darker than the Chambertin. Full, a little harsh when just in the mouth. A lot of terroir here. After a while softer. Fine. 18+
Red
2007 Domaine Armand Rousseau Père et Fils Chambertin France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Chambertin Grand Cru
A lot juicier than the Clos-de-Beze. More depth. Classy finish: long and lineair. In the middle a little harsh. Excellent fruit. 18,5
Red
2007 Domaine Armand Rousseau Père et Fils Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Clos St. Jacques France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru
Most purple of the flight, a lot of fruit in the nose, but also a little alcohol, also in the start of the taste. A little less long than the Chambertin, but also a fine finish. 18

Flight 4 - The tasting itself: flight 2 (3 notes)

Red
2001 Domaine Armand Rousseau Père et Fils Chambertin France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Chambertin Grand Cru
At first a little "salty" nose and a little alcoholic, a little bitter. This was undoubtedly influenced by the previous flight (2007), because that year is só fruity. This is more built on minerality and terroir. After more than an hour this really showed it's worth. Beautiful wine. 18
Red
2001 Domaine Armand Rousseau Père et Fils Chambertin-Clos de Bèze France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Chambertin-Clos de Bèze Grand Cru
Dense, fine nose. A lot of terroir here, rich. A little darker than the Chambertin, more minerality as well. Very broad, but not quite so powerful. This wine also needed a lot of time. After more than an hour, this was at least on the level of the Chambertin 2007, but in fact a more typical wine, more terroir. This still needs time. Great class. 18,5
Red
2001 Domaine Armand Rousseau Père et Fils Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Clos St. Jacques France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru
Great nose, a little "creamy". This evolved very fine, but not as spectacular as the Clos-de-Beze. Still a very fine wine. 18+

Flight 5 - The tasting itself: flight 3 (3 notes)

Red
2003 Domaine Armand Rousseau Père et Fils Chambertin France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Chambertin Grand Cru
Very fruity and mineral nose, a little "warm", ripe fruit. A little lighter structured than the Clos-St-Jacques(!) and Clos-de-Beze. After an hour a little drying out. It could not quite confirm the first impression, but still a fine wine. 18+
Red
2003 Domaine Armand Rousseau Père et Fils Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Clos St. Jacques France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru
Excellent balance, sappy and mineral. Very good length. Outshining even Chambertin itself. 18,5
Red
2003 Domaine Armand Rousseau Père et Fils Chambertin-Clos de Bèze France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Chambertin-Clos de Bèze Grand Cru
This was the revelation of the tasting. I did not like many 2003 Burgs I had so far, but this is a very, very fine glass. It has good red fruit. A complete wine, greatness in the making? Nevertheless I devaluated it after an hour. My first score was 19,5, but like the Chambertin and Clos-St-Jacques it evolves to a kind of "dryness". I wonder how this will evolve. Some domaines in Bourgogne say 2003 is a year like 1947 that needed decades to really show it's worth. Could be, so far I'm not convinced. 19+

Flight 6 - The tasting itself: flight 4 (3 notes)

Red
2002 Domaine Armand Rousseau Père et Fils Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Clos St. Jacques France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru
A little "milky" nose. Quite sour after the near-sweet 2003 flight. But this has very much terroir and length. But a step down from Chambertin and Clos-de-Beze. Nevertheless a very fine wine. 19
Red
2002 Domaine Armand Rousseau Père et Fils Chambertin-Clos de Bèze France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Chambertin-Clos de Bèze Grand Cru
Very full, complex nose. This seems to be the least evolved of the flight. I guess this has an excellent, perhaps great future. The fruit is just excellent and in complete harmony with the minerality. Yes, the balance of this wine is impaccable. Very lovely. 19,5
Red
2002 Domaine Armand Rousseau Père et Fils Chambertin France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Chambertin Grand Cru
Quite evolved nose (surprisingly!). Considerable length, but in the mouth so rich, velvety. Superb wine. Great class. Now as highly rated as the Clos-de-Beze, but I wonder which one has the greater future. As for now, I would guess the Clos-de-Beze, but with these wines you never know. 19,5

Flight 7 - Lunch Chef's table at De Librije(***) (6 notes)

White - Sparkling
2002 Pierre Moncuit Champagne Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs Brut Millésimé France, Champagne, Champagne Grand Cru
First wine at the Chef's Table at De Librije with amuses.
White
2009 Saint Clair Family Estate Sauvignon Blanc Pioneer Block 19 Bird Block New Zealand, South Island, Marlborough
Second wine at Chef's table at De Librije. A little over-spiced nose. But I like the freshness of this wine.
White
2002 François Raveneau Chablis 1er Cru Montée de Tonnerre France, Burgundy, Chablis, Chablis 1er Cru
Great wine, near grand-cru level for Raveneau. This means it definitely has grand-cru level at any rate for other winemakers. Great length. Very fine wine.
Red
2003 Coche-Dury Pommard Les Vaumuriens France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Pommard
At Chef's table at De Librije this was served next to lobster. Hmmm, I'm not sure that was a good idea. It is definitely a fine wine, certainly for 2003. Very transparent style.
Red
2002 Comte Armand Pommard 1er Cru Clos des Epeneaux France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Pommard 1er Cru
A little dusty wine. But it has a great future I think. This just needs a lot of time and it will turn out a great wine.
White - Sweet/Dessert
1999 Château Rieussec France, Bordeaux, Sauternais, Sauternes
With a "fake-banana" at Chef's table at De Librije. Fine wine, it confirms 1999 is a very underrated year for Sauternes.
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