Charmes Chambertin, Grand Cru, 1995

  Armand Rousseau

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: Charmes Chambertin

A vineyard that predominantly lies below Chambertin, also encompassing the Mazoyères-Chamertin (which is below Latricières), next door to Morey-St-Denis. At 31.6 ha it is Gevrey-Chambertin's biggest Grand Cru and, as is the case with Clos de Vougeot and Échezeaux, this size and the fact that part of the vineyard goes as far down the slope as the low-lying route national, can mean variable quality. When its good, though, its very good. At best it should be the most feminine, fragrant and fruity of the Gevrey Grands Crus, with a soft, supple, tannic structure but sufficient intensity and length of flavour.

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.