1988 Domaine Armand Rousseau Père et Fils Chambertin Grand Cru

SKU #1046054 93 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 (from magnum): Not surprisingly this resembles quite closely the wine in 750 ml...except that it's a bit fresher and more vibrant. I have noticed that some bottles of the '88 Chambertin are not limpid though it does not appear to affect their attractiveness. Note that even in the larger format this is completely ready to go and there is no upside development potential remaining. Tasted twice in magnum format. (Meadows rated the 1988 from 750ml 92 points in July 2005 with the following remarks: "Compared to the '88 Clos de Bèze, there is a bit more of everything here except for more aromatic spice. Bigger, richer and with better intensity plus a bit more mid-palate depth and weight that causes the still noticeable tannins to appear better integrated. Beautiful now and while I would counsel drinking this over the next few years, it will clearly be capable of holding for at least another 10.")  (11/ 2011)

93 points Wine Spectator

 Smooth and elegant, with generous, complex currant, chocolate, raspberry and nutmeg aromas and flavors that persist well into a very long finish. The silky texture makes it tempting now, but give it until 1997 to 2000.  (5/ 1991)

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Pinot Noir

- One of France's most legendary grapes and the grape that earned Burgundy its reputation. The parent of varietals like Pinot Gris/Grigio and Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir is blue to violet to indigo in color with relatively thin skins, and it is said to have been cultivated in France for more than 2,000 years. At its best, Pinot Noir creates elegant wines that are filled with primary red fruit aromas and flavors while young, revealing with an array of secondary characteristics like earth, smoke, violet, truffle and game with age. The varietal is also known, perhaps better than any, for its ability to translate terroir, or a sense of place. While the best Pinot Noir still comes from Burgundy, it is being produced with increasing success in cooler climates around the world. In France, it is part of the trifecta of grapes that can go into Champagne, and it is also grown in Alsace, Irancy, Jura, Savoie, Lorraine and Sancerre. Outside of France it is produced under the names Pinot Nero and Blauburgunder in Italy's mountainous regions, as Spätburgunder in Germany and as Blauburgunder in Austria. In the US, Pinot Noir has found suitable growing conditions in the cooler parts of California, including Carneros, the Russian River Valley, the Anderson Valley, the Sonoma Coast, Monterey County, the Santa Lucia Highlands and Santa Barbara County, as well as in Oregon's Willamette Valley. In recent years, New Zealand has demonstrated its ability to interpret this hard-to-grow varietal, with successful bottlings coming from careful and attentive growers in Central Otago, Martinborough and Canterbury. Chile is also an up-and-coming region for Pinot Noir, creating fresh, fruit-forward, early-drinking and affordable Pinots from the coastal Casablanca Valley and the Limari Valley.
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