Text By: Francois Tran
It’s not often that you taste a wine that sparks both excitement and epiphany.That wine for me is the Chambertin-Clos de Bèze from Domaine Armand Rousseau which happens to be among the most iconic wines of Burgundy. It’s a wine of deep complexity with feminine character but developing into a mind-blowing experience at its peak.
My most recent experiences with tasting this wine have been during a barrel tasting at the domaine with Eric Rousseau last summer and at our Burghound Gala BYOB Dinner this past March with a wonderful bottle of the 2002 (Thank you my dear friend, Patrick, for sharing this incredible bottle!).
At our Gala dinner, I had the opportunity to try many amazing wines at our table, but as we reached the halfway point of the dinner, I smelled a familiar wine in my glass. The fragrance was beautiful, with more emphasis on dark fruit aromas, some notes of spice, minerality, and a bit of earthiness. The wine was elegant with silky tannins and a lasting finish. It was balanced, with good structure, nice acidity. For me, this wine would match perfectly with roast chicken as well as lamb or cheese. An ideal serving time would be two hours after opening, and then continue to enjoy the wine as it breathes further in the glass during your meal.
Domaine Armand Rousseau was established by Eric’s grandfather, Armand Rousseau, in Gevrey-Chambertin in the early 20th century. Today, Eric Rousseau is in charge of the vineyards with the help of his daughter Cyrielle. They own and work in total about 15.3 ha of vineyards across the Gevrey-Chambertin appellation (including 1.42 ha in Chambertin-Clos de Bèze).
Quantities of the Chambertin-Clos de Bèze are a bit scarce. If you are interested in any of our stock listed below, please reach out, so we can secure them for you. And feel free to share with us your story of how this wine made your evening special.