Red

1978 Domaine Armand Rousseau Père et Fils Chambertin

Pinot Noir

  • France
  • Burgundy
  • Côte de Nuits
  • Chambertin Grand Cru
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Community Tasting Notes 4

  • Kemo Sabe Likes this wine: 94 points

    August 4, 2018 - Nice old Burg. Delicate and sensitive red cherries and plenty of nuance and tertiary flavors. Lots of earth, shrooms and soil. I felt this was v good but suffered from the other wines in the line up which drank far younger and more vibrant. According to this bottle - drink up. Still very good but was probably better some time ago.

  • clayfu wrote:

    August 3, 2018 - A perfect specimen. Great bright ruby red color, strong fill. The Maharaja was fretting all day that the bottle was jostled too much as he took the bottle from home to work to dinner after standing it up for 3 weeks. Fortunately the bottle cleared up quickly at dinner. A beautiful cork that came out with the restaurant’s $1 corkscrew ⠀⠀
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    Over the course of 3-4 hour dinner the wine kept growing and expanding, adding small but impactful changes with every new fresh pour. On the last pour the wine was at its apex.
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    A glorious nose unmatched by anything my meager senses have smelled in a wine. The perfume is cool and present, a mirepoix of fresh strawberries, young oolong jade dragon tea leaves picked by a blind man on a Taiwanese mountainside, the most fragrant pepper spice on this side of the Silk Road, and the very end as the lingering notes finish traveling up it hits you with the Gevry- a slice of meat sprinkled with fresh chopped mint leaves. I’m clearly exaggerating for effect, but this wine seriously had the most incredible nose I’ve had the opportunity to try. It was perfect, just the right amount of everything. For the first 30 minutes we opened the bottle, I hadn’t yet tasted the wine but I had probably smelled it a good 7-8 times.
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    Lest we forget the palate. The fruit is red, lingering and sappy. It’s ever present on the palate as you smack your lips. The purity of the fruit and complete integration of all tannin allows the wine to glide. The wine isn’t broad or full scale like some of the other big boy 78s (la tache is on the other spectrum, full bodied and forceful) , it’s about the elegance and focus. But the most intensity memorable part of this wine is the finish. It leaves a finish as long as Ron Jeremy on a blue pill, it is shocking how powerful and lingering the finish is. Savory notes of roast meaty earth and red fruit completely dot the palate. I had drank a sip when Steve walked into the restaurant and we were talking and pouring wine when I realized a minute in that I could still taste the wine. It left such a powerful impression on the palate.

  • The Vines That Bind wrote: 98 points

    August 2, 2018 - A highly expressive and showy bouquet that is quintessential Rousseau with earthy rosy florals and a distinct rusticity to the otherwise pure dark cherry fruit. Still lovely and stuffed with beautifully mature fruit. This was a back up bottle for a badly corked ‘78 Jayer Echezeaux and was absolutely spectacular. About half of the table said they preferred this to the ‘78 Romanée-Conti also in this marquee line up. A perfect example of producer and terroir. Amazing.

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  • steinersing wrote: 96 points

    April 22, 2017 - Mature, attractive Burg aromas, very deep

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  • By Allen Meadows
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  • By John Gilman
    Bonus Articles, 1978 Red Burgundy, Going Strong at age Twenty Five (2002-03)

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  • By Allen Meadows
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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 1978
  • Type Red
  • Producer Domaine Armand Rousseau Père et Fils
  • Varietal Pinot Noir
  • Designation n/a
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country France
  • Region Burgundy
  • SubRegion Côte de Nuits
  • Appellation Chambertin Grand Cru

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 4 (12%)
  • In Cellars 23 (68%)
  • Consumed 7 (21%)

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