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2017 Domaine Armand Rousseau Chambertin Grand Cru (Previously $2800)

SKU #1500735 98 points John Gilman

Outer quote mark The 2017 Chambertin from Domaine Rousseau is a magical wine. Recall that this was far more heavily-frosted in 2016 than was the case with the Clos de Bèze, so the pent up energy in the vines was channeled into great depth and concentration in the 2017, due to the Rousseau family reining in the yields earlier in the season. The perfumed nose soars from the glass in a complex blaze of plums, cherries, raspberries, grilled meats, cocoa powder, a glorious base of soil, woodsmoke and a suave foundation of nutty new oak. On the palate the wine is pure, full-bodied, focused and beautifully sappy at the core, with stunning soil signature, fine-grained tannins and a very, very long, very complex and utterly refined finish. I love the sense of reserve this wine shows on the palate right now, despite it being utterly seductive aromatically in its youthful grandeur. A brilliant wine in the making! 98+ Inner quote mark (12/2018)

98 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Succulent cherry, raspberry and rose aromas and flavors are framed by vanilla and toasty oak in this majestic red, which is concentrated, yet lithe and fruity, with an intense sappiness to the texture. Beautifully balanced and long, this soars on the complex, mineral-infused aftertaste. *Collectibles* (BS) Inner quote mark (5/2021)

96-98 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The 2017 Chambertin Grand Cru has an extraordinarily detailed and intense bouquet with a cornucopia of vibrant red cherries, crushed strawberry, cranberry and stony aromas, the latter becoming more and more intense with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with impressive body and depth. It is beautifully balanced with svelte tannin, velvety smooth with ample red fruit and spicy finish that lingers for 60 seconds in the mouth. Noble and aristocratic - just as Chambertin ought to be. (NM) Inner quote mark (1/2019)

97 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

Outer quote mark Discreet wood is present on the ultra-fresh and incredibly spicy though even more restrained nose that reflects notes of red berries, the sauvage, earth, floral and exotic tea wisps. The gorgeous mouthfeel of the imposingly constituted and admirably concentrated flavors is one of contrasts as the mid-palate is quite supple yet the powerful, driving, austere and muscular finish is robust, serious and austere. This almost painfully intense wine is jaw droppingly good and somewhat curiously relative to how the Chambertin and the Clos de Bèze typically show at this stage, the Chambertin is the flashier of the two. We'll see in time though as it's usually the Chambertin that goes into a shell only to emerge 20+ years later. Be that as it may, today this is a genuine 'wow' wine. Inner quote mark (1/2020)

96 points Decanter

Outer quote mark If you're a fan of this grand cru bottling - and which Burgundy lover isn't? - there's a lot more to go around this year, with a record-equalling 46 barrels. The resulting wine doesn't have the concentration of 2015 or 2016, but it's still a spicy, focussed, refined wine with deftly integrated 100% new wood, tangy acidity and caressing tannins. (TA) Inner quote mark (10/2019)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark Revisited from bottle, the 2017 Chambertin Grand Cru is showing beautifully, soaring from the glass with expressive aromas of sweet red berry fruit, smoked meats, coniferous forest floor, mandarin orange and peonies, framed by a deft application of cedary, spicy new oak. Full-bodied, sumptuous and enveloping, its velvety attack segues into an ample core of succulent fruit, concluding with a long and resonant finish. This is likely to be both deceptively approachable young and notably long-lived, offering a broad drinking window. (WK) Inner quote mark (1/2021)

K&L Notes

96-98 points Jasper Morris Inside Burgundy: "Plenty of depth of colour, the nose is very backward – not that there is nothing here but it is all in reserve, then along comes the fruit, a delicious subtlety along with the concentrated elegance. Quite linear, wood showing its paces, deep raspberry fruit with some alpine strawberry, nothing black here. Fine balanced long finish. So much in reserve though. Tasted: November 2018."

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