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)
Allen Meadows - Burghound
There is enough wood to notice framing the exuberantly spicy red and dark currant aromas that display an abundance of 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, superbly long and seamlessly well-balanced finale. As is the case with the 2015 vintage, it's going to be very interesting to see which of these two is the better wine in 15 to 20 years.
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.
Bright, dark red Distinctly cooler on the nose than the Clos de Bèze, displaying classic Chambertin scents of black cherry, dried flowers, earth, game and crushed rock A youthfully reserved wine with great refinement of texture and inner-mouth perfume to its flavors of raspberry, spices and minerals complicated by wild hints of leather and game A seamless Chambertin of great nobility but the Clos de Bèze is more impressive today Finishes with outstanding rising length and grip, the firm tannins in perfect balance with the wine's mid-palate material Will this surpass the Clos de Bèze in the long run? I hope I'm around to find out. 96+ points. (ST)
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)