2014 Domaine Armand Rousseau Chambertin Grand Cru (Pre-Arrival)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2014 Chambertin Grand Cru has such a vivacious bouquet, as intense and generous as the Clos de Beze with waves of pure red berries mixed with granite and limestone scents. There is just something aristocratic about this Chambertin. The palate is medium-bodied with fine, filigree tannin. There is a sense of focus and tension here, but so natural and elegant you don't know what to do with yourself. Then that mineral seam comes through on the long aftertaste. Predictably brilliant. I apologize for being so boring, but yes, this is the kind of wine that prompted God to invent the fermentation. (NM)
Beautifully lifted black fruit, sweet spice, a velvet texture and savoury finish. Ample with great power yet so refined. Rousseau makes wines of incredible intensity, and this wine illustrates that better than any other in Gevrey-Chambertin.
Deep, saturated red. Tighter and more reticent on the nose than the Clos de Bèze but with outstanding purity to its aromas of raspberry, coffee, dried flowers and earth. Juicy and intensely spicy but extremely closed; more soil-driven than the Clos de Bèze but without that wine's exotic fruit character and youthful éclat. With a bit of air, this showed a silkier texture and emerging notes of raspberry and saline minerality. Best today on the incredibly suave, classically dry, endless whiplash of a finish, which displays great energy and cut. Atypically, this very understated wine comes across as more refined--more feminine--than the Clos de Bèze in the early going. (ST)
Allen Meadows - Burghound
There is enough wood to notice framing the exuberantly spice red and dark currant aromas that also display sauvage and earth nuances. The cool and pure medium weight plus flavors are remarkably refined for a young Chambertin yet there is clearly plenty of power lurking beneath the refined veneer. This is a big but not massive vintage for the Rousseau Cham and I like the sense of proportion and particularly so on the harmonious and once again superbly long and well-balanced finale. It's going to be very interesting to see which of these two is the better wine in 20 years.
100% new oak. Very majestic and autumnal on the nose. Very concentrated and all in the future. Not weak at all with much more obvious ripe fruit in the middle than Clos de Beze. Dense and very dry and savoury but the fruit more than stands up to the new oak. Magnificent. Vibrato. 18.5+/20 points (JR)