1993 Domaine Armand Rousseau Chambertin-Clos de Bèze Grand Cru

SKU #1343798 97 points Vinous

 A bottle of Rousseau’s 1993 Chambertin-Clos de Bèze appears from out of nowhere. Tasted against the Chambertin, the Bèze has more power, intensity and freshness. I have always adored the 1993. This bottle is exceptional. (AG)  (12/2015)

96 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 This remains one of the greatest wines of the '93 vintage with a simply dazzling breadth of aromas. The highly layered nose is perfumed and lovely yet at the same time powerful and penetrating as it introduces detailed, driving and still very fresh flavors that display astounding depth on the stunningly persistent finish. I very much like the way the flavors do a slow build from the mid-palate onto the harmonious finish and overall this is a complete wine with class and breed to burn. For my taste this has arrived at its peak though the balance is so fine that it should age effortlessly well for years to come. Reference standard Clos de Bèze. Multiple, and consistent, notes. I would further observe however that in all of the times that I have tasted the '93 Cham and Bèze side by side the Clos de Bèze has been the more interesting of the two. That said, in this most recent comparison the Chambertin was the better wine if only by a nose if you'll excuse the pun. Based on only one comparison I'm not prepared to aver that the Chambertin has surpassed the Clos de Bèze but it did in this one match up.  (6/2016)

96 points John Gilman

 In most vintages I give a slight nod to the Chambertin over the Clos de Bèze in the Rousseau stable (strictly on stylistic preferences, as the wines are comparable in quality), but in some vintages one will seemingly succeed a bit more than the other. This is the case with the 1993 vintage, where the Clos de Bèze looks to be a half step of the fine Chambertin. On the nose the wine is redolent of pure black cherry fruit, dark chocolate, a bit of Gevrey meatiness, a strong vein of minerality, mustard seed and a correct framing of toasty oak. On the palate the wine is pure, complex and full-bodied, with a racy creaminess, a sappy core of black cherry fruit, and great length and breed on the tangy, moderately tannic finish. The Clos de Bèze is a touch fuller than the Chambertin in 1993, and delivers a stunning synthesis of sappy fruit, striking terroir, and a structural purity of acidity and ripe tannin in perfect harmony. Great young juice that is so beautifully balanced that it is eminently drinkable today, although further bottle age is unquestionably warranted. (Drink between 2007-2040)  (6/2003)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 This was the second bottle of 1993 Clos de Beze from Rousseau I tasted within a few weeks -- not that I’m complaining. This one was once again a gorgeous Pinot Noir at the peak of its powers. The bouquet soars from the glass with perfumed red and black fruit, perhaps a little more tertiary and animally on this occasion, but no less captivating. The palate is vibrant with formidable structure and then there is that daring, animal finish that fans out like there is no tomorrow. It does not quite possess the breeding of the Chambertin Grand Cru, but in some ways it is more 'fun' to just imbibe. I can see this lasting another decade without breaking a sweat. Tasted August 2013. (NM)  (10/2013)

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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.


- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them.


- The province of eastern France, famous for its red wines produced from Pinot Noir and its whites produced from Chardonnay. (Small of amounts of Gamay and Aligoté are still grown, although these have to be labeled differently.) The most famous part of the region is known as the Côte d'Or (the Golden Slope). It is divided into the Côte de Beaune, south of the town of Beaune (famous principally for its whites), and the Côte de Nuits, North of Beaune (home of the most famous reds). In addition, the Côte Chalonnaise and the Mâconnais are important wine growing regions, although historically a clear level (or more) below the Côte d'Or. Also include by some are the regions of Chablis and Auxerrois, farther north.
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Gevrey Chambertin

- For many wine aficionados, Gevrey Chambertin is the northernmost end of the true Côte d'Or. The largest of all of the communes, it has 9 Grands Crus (Chambertin, Chambertin Clos de Bèze, Chapelle Chambertin, Charmes Chambertin, Griotte Chambertin, Latricieres Chambertin, Mazy Chambertin, Mazoyeres Chambertin and Ruchottes Chambertin). The best Premier Cru wines come form the vineyards nestled along a hill to the west of the village. The Grands Crus are planted in compacted limestone, while the soils in the rest of the village vary as to their clay content. If we are to characterize broadly, the wines are powerful, muscular and need time in the bottle to develop.