2015 Domaine Armand Rousseau Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru

SKU #1348316 91-94 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 This is aromatically more elegant if perhaps not quite as ripe as the Cazetiers with its herbal tea, forest floor, red cherry and softly spicy and earthy aromas. The supple, round and delicious flavors possess a seductive mouth feel but with more size, weight and mid-palate concentration that helps to buffer the firmer tannic spine on the balanced and harmonious finale. Lovely and I like the complexity here.  (1/2017)

93 points John Gilman

 It is interesting, given all of the sappy red fruit tones in the wines served ahead of the 2015 Charmes-Chambertin, to find how black fruity this wine is this year. The bouquet is deep and very pure, wafting from the glass in a mix of black cherries, sweet dark berries, bitter chocolate, grilled meat, dark soil tones and a topnote of woodsmoke. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and tangy, with a rock solid core, ripe, perfectly-integrated tannins and a very long, tangy and youthful finish. This is a spitting image of the young 1993 Charmes, with perhaps just a bit more mid-palate stuffing.  (1/2017)

91-93 points Vinous

 Healthy deep medium red. Medicinal red cherry, dried rose and a whiff of iron on the captivating nose. Sweeter and silkier than the foregoing premier crus, offering considerable charm to its dark cherry and floral flavors. Finishes with broad, dusty tannins, lovely length and seductive rose petal lift. (ST)  (1/2017)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2015 Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru offers up a direct bouquet of red cherry and raspberry, its pure tones mingling with subtle notions of dried flowers and grilled meat. On the palate, the wine is supple, open-knit and expansive, certainly charming, though with some substance at the core too, its acid bright and tannins polished. This may not be the domaine's "cheval de bataille," as the French expression goes, but it is an attractive wine. (WK)  (4/2018)

90 points Decanter

 Robust cherry fruit on the nose, with a delicate, sweet palate attack. This has good concentration but not evident extraction, so the palate remains silky and fresh with very discreet tannins. Moderate acidity and length. (SB)  (2/2017)

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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.