Chambertin Clos de Bèze, Grand Cru, 2003

  Armand Rousseau

A superb wine, crammed with enveloping, but not overwhelming, fruit. Glorious ripe forest berry and bramble flavours with piquant mineral notes make this a beautifully packaged and finely balanced 2003.

Contains Sulphites.

About Armand Rousseau

The success of a small group of growers (Domaine Rousseau among them) as one of the pioneers of Domaine bottling in the 1930s, paved the way for a great surge in quality. With the future looking rosy as several young growers start to take back plots of land from négociants, we have a lot to thank them for. Staggeringly, a quarter of Charles Rousseau’s land consists of Villages and Premier Cru sites; the rest are Grand Cru. The wines are now made by Charles's son, Eric, in the traditional way: fermented in open top vat, aged for 18 months in cask and bottled without filtration.

Appellation: Chambertin

A 12.9 hectare vineyard in the commune of Gevrey-Chambertin in the Côte de Nuits. Chambertin is one half of Le Chambertin, the other half being Chambertin Clos de Bèze which is slightly bigger at 15.4ha. Chambertin has always produced some of the most intense and serious red Burgundy there is and was purportedly drunk by Napoleon during his campaigns. Today it is still one of Burgundy's very greatest Grands Crus. The wines are more brooding and closed in their youth than those of Clos de Bèze and age extremely well. Among the arch exponents are Armand Rousseau, Leroy, Trapet, Rossignol-Trapet, Denis Mortet and Louis Remy.

Grape Type: Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir is the classic grape of red burgundy, whose greatest wines are concentrated in the east and south-east-facing clay/limestone hills of Burgundy's Côte d'Or. A notoriously temperamental variety, Pinot Noir has proved difficult to grow in certain climates and soils and will not tolerate over-cropping. The best examples have wonderfully expressive aromas and thrillingly pure bitter sweet red forest fruit and cherry flavours, developing truffle and game overtones with age. Outside of Burgundy, Pinot Noir has had great success in New Zealand, California’s Carneros, Oregon and the more marginal, cooler districts in Australia. Along with Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier, Pinot Noir is also one of the major components of Champagne.