Armand Rousseau

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Armand Rousseau: The Importance

Critics unilaterally acknowledge that some of the most definitive terroir expressions of Pinot Noir in Burgundy are produced at Domaine Armand Rousseau's winery.

 

This much is sure: The best among six grands crus and three premier crus chez Rousseau (meaning above all their Chambertin, Chambertin Clos de Beze, Gevrey—Chambertin Clos St. Jacques, Ruchottes-Chambertin, and Clos de la Roche) are icons of Burgundy terroir,” writes Robert Parker, while Clive Coates MW refers to Rousseau as: “one of the small number of Burgundy estates to which I would unhesitatingly award three stars.”

 

It is the most renowned estate in Gevrey-Chambertin and for Antonio Galloni: “The Rousseau wines are distinguished by their extraordinary transparency to site and overall finesse, making this cellar a must-stop for Burgundy fans who want to understand the essence of Gevrey’s most important vineyards.”


Armand Rousseau: The Insight

Domaine Armand Rousseau’s reputation is inextricably intertwined with the prestige of Chambertin, where Rousseau owns more vines than any other grower. This is the most culturally emblematic red Burgundy vineyard, with one of the most distinctive and easily recognisable characters in every vintage. Noted as the only wine Napoleon ever drank in his time as Emperor, to overstate the sheer cultural significance of Chambertin would be impossible. For Clive Coates, “as far as Chambertin and Chambertin Clos de Beze are concerned, you could even argue that there is Rousseau, and there are the rest. There are few finer domaines in the Cote d’Or than that of Armand Rousseau.”

 

With holdings throughout Gevrey, the domaine benefits from many other prestigious red Burgundy terroirs, such as the monopole of Clos des Ruchottes, which within the domaine has been treated as a flagship wine, producing excellent quality across vintages.  With 2.5ha of forty-year-old vines, Armand Rousseau owns more here than anyone else. The size of their holdings, combined with the domaine’s experience with the vineyard, which spans three generations back to 1921, goes some way towards explaining the wine’s critical acclaim and undisputed celebrity. To quote Robert Parker: “the three grands crus nearest the village of Gevrey – Ruchottes-Chambertin, Mazy-Chambertin (known by other growers as Mazis-Chambertin) and Clos de Beze – are uniformly superbly situated. First among equals is Clos de Beze, as demonstrated by the fact that wine grown here can be labelled simply Chambertin, but the converse is not permitted. Alluring scents of rose petal and liquorice over a base of deep black cherry are typical manifestations of these great sites."

 

Rousseau’s Premier Cru Gevrey-Chambertin Clos St. Jacques vies with the Grand Cru Chambertin wines as the crown jewel in the vineyard collection. Though it is now ranked a Premier Cru, Jules Lavalle ranks this exclusive clos in Gevrey Chambertin as “Premiere Cuvée” in his 1855 classification of the vineyards of Burgundy, as does Camille Rodier in the subsequent classification of 1920, while modern commentators such as Clive Coates commend Clos Saint-Jacques as “the equal of a Grand Cru” both in price and quality. Rousseau is the largest holder in this important Premier Cru and that the Clos St Jacques is so often put forward as a candidate for promotion to Grand Cru status is largely down to the quality of the Rousseau bottling.

 

For the most part, demand for these wines is so strong that they are invariably allocated as opposed to being actively sold. Prices have risen steadily over the past decade, and there is no real reason to suggest that they will stop: the combination of rarity and outstanding quality is not without effect.
 

Armand Rousseau: The Background

Armand Rousseau assembled a remarkable collection of vineyards in the first quarter of the last century and was a pioneer in estate-bottling. Eric Rousseau took over after the death of his father Charles in May 2016, representing the third generation at the Domaine.  For many wine lovers Charles was a point of reference, having been the face of the Domaine since 1959. However, not much is set to change from a winemaking standpoint under the young Eric, though Clive Coates speculates that bottling dates may be moved forward by a few months compared to the past.

 

Practices have hardly changed in three generations, with triage exclusively in the vineyards (not the press house); the inclusion of whole clusters and stems; precocious malolactic fermentation; a reliance on older barrels; and an eventual light plaque filtration – this is red Burgundy as it should be.

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2015 Chambertin Rousseau; Armand Burgundy

97.25

2015 Chambertin Burgundy

97.25
TBC

2014 Chambertin Rousseau; Armand Burgundy

94.5

2014 Chambertin Burgundy

94.5
£13,335.00
£13,335.00
£6,665.00
£6,959.00
£1,110.00
DP £1,110.00

2013 Chambertin Rousseau; Armand Burgundy

2013 Chambertin Burgundy

£10,481.00
£10,481.00
£5,238.00
£873.00
DP £873.00

2012 Chambertin Rousseau; Armand Burgundy

96.0

2012 Chambertin Burgundy

96.0
£11,635.00
£969.00

2011 Chambertin Rousseau; Armand Burgundy

94.5

2011 Chambertin Burgundy

94.5
£9,200.00
DP £9,200.00
£767.00

2010 Chambertin Rousseau; Armand Burgundy

97.0

2010 Chambertin Burgundy

97.0
£16,533.00
£1,377.00

2009 Chambertin Rousseau; Armand Burgundy

96.5

2009 Chambertin Burgundy

96.5
£14,773.00
£1,229.00

2008 Chambertin Rousseau; Armand Burgundy

94.17

2008 Chambertin Burgundy

94.17
£10,185.00
£848.00

2006 Chambertin Rousseau; Armand Burgundy

93.67

2006 Chambertin Burgundy

93.67
£10,113.00
£842.00

2005 Chambertin Rousseau; Armand Burgundy

98.5

2005 Chambertin Burgundy

98.5
£23,780.00
£1,983.00

2003 Chambertin Rousseau; Armand Burgundy

92.0

2003 Chambertin Burgundy

92.0
£11,815.00
£984.00
£1,114.00
£882.00

2002 Chambertin Rousseau; Armand Burgundy

94.5

2002 Chambertin Burgundy

94.5
£16,019.00
£1,335.00
£1,449.00

2001 Chambertin Rousseau; Armand Burgundy

93.75

2001 Chambertin Burgundy

93.75
£13,707.00
£1,141.00

1999 Chambertin Rousseau; Armand Burgundy

92.0

1999 Chambertin Burgundy

92.0
£20,900.00
£1,740.00
£1,784.00

1998 Chambertin Rousseau; Armand Burgundy

1998 Chambertin Burgundy

£10,713.00
£892.00
DP £892.00

1997 Chambertin Rousseau; Armand Burgundy

92.0

1997 Chambertin Burgundy

92.0
£10,713.00
£892.00

1996 Chambertin Rousseau; Armand Burgundy

95.0

1996 Chambertin Burgundy

95.0
£14,293.00
£1,189.00

1993 Chambertin Rousseau; Armand Burgundy

92.67

1993 Chambertin Burgundy

92.67
£22,736.00
£1,896.00

1992 Chambertin Rousseau; Armand Burgundy

1992 Chambertin Burgundy

£13,599.00
£1,132.00
£1,283.00

1989 Chambertin Rousseau; Armand Burgundy

1989 Chambertin Burgundy

£21,164.00
DP £1,762.00

1988 Chambertin Rousseau; Armand Burgundy

1988 Chambertin Burgundy

£15,935.00
£1,328.00

1986 Chambertin Rousseau; Armand Burgundy

1986 Chambertin Burgundy

£14,233.00
£1,184.00
£982.00
£1,052.00

1985 Chambertin Rousseau; Armand Burgundy

1985 Chambertin Burgundy

£36,356.00
£3,043.00
£2,153.00
£2,454.00
£2,654.00

1984 Chambertin Rousseau; Armand Burgundy

1984 Chambertin Burgundy

£13,287.00
£1,106.00
£1,032.00

1978 Chambertin Rousseau; Armand Burgundy

1978 Chambertin Burgundy

£56,156.00
£4,708.00

1973 Chambertin Rousseau; Armand Burgundy

1973 Chambertin Burgundy

£15,227.00
£1,269.00

1969 Chambertin Rousseau; Armand Burgundy

1969 Chambertin Burgundy

£26,288.00
£3,183.00

2015 Chambertin Clos de Beze Rousseau; Armand Burgundy

97.75

2015 Chambertin Clos de Beze Burgundy

97.75
TBC

2014 Chambertin Clos de Beze Rousseau; Armand Burgundy

94.5

2014 Chambertin Clos de Beze Burgundy

94.5
£12,681.00
£12,681.00
£1,057.00
£1,002.00
£979.00
DP £1,057.00

2013 Chambertin Clos de Beze Rousseau; Armand Burgundy

96.0

2013 Chambertin Clos de Beze Burgundy

96.0
£9,922.00
£9,922.00
£4,960.00
£827.00
DP £827.00

2012 Chambertin Clos de Beze Rousseau; Armand Burgundy

95.75

2012 Chambertin Clos de Beze Burgundy

95.75
£13,528.00
£13,528.00
£1,127.00
DP £1,127.00
DP £835.00

2011 Chambertin Clos de Beze Rousseau; Armand Burgundy

95.0

2011 Chambertin Clos de Beze Burgundy

95.0
£10,216.00
£10,216.00
£5,106.00
DP £5,106.00
£851.00
DP £851.00

2010 Chambertin Clos de Beze Rousseau; Armand Burgundy

95.0

2010 Chambertin Clos de Beze Burgundy

95.0
£12,449.00
£1,037.00

2009 Chambertin Clos de Beze Rousseau; Armand Burgundy

93.0

2009 Chambertin Clos de Beze Burgundy

93.0
£11,803.00
£983.00

2008 Chambertin Clos de Beze Rousseau; Armand Burgundy

92.25

2008 Chambertin Clos de Beze Burgundy

92.25
£10,113.00
£842.00

2007 Chambertin Clos de Beze Rousseau; Armand Burgundy

95.5

2007 Chambertin Clos de Beze Burgundy

95.5
£8,785.00
£732.00
DP £693.00

2006 Chambertin Clos de Beze Rousseau; Armand Burgundy

93.25

2006 Chambertin Clos de Beze Burgundy

93.25
£8,084.00
£673.00

2005 Chambertin Clos de Beze Rousseau; Armand Burgundy

97.33

2005 Chambertin Clos de Beze Burgundy

97.33
£17,479.00
£1,455.00

2004 Chambertin Clos de Beze Rousseau; Armand Burgundy

93.0

2004 Chambertin Clos de Beze Burgundy

93.0
£7,719.00
£643.00

2003 Chambertin Clos de Beze Rousseau; Armand Burgundy

92.67

2003 Chambertin Clos de Beze Burgundy

92.67
£10,305.00
£858.00

2002 Chambertin Clos de Beze Rousseau; Armand Burgundy

94.17

2002 Chambertin Clos de Beze Burgundy

94.17
£15,491.00
£1,291.00
£1,305.00
DP £1,291.00

2000 Chambertin Clos de Beze Rousseau; Armand Burgundy

92.0

2000 Chambertin Clos de Beze Burgundy

92.0
£11,155.00
£929.00

1998 Chambertin Clos de Beze Rousseau; Armand Burgundy

93.0

1998 Chambertin Clos de Beze Burgundy

93.0
£17,124.00
£17,124.00

1996 Chambertin Clos de Beze Rousseau; Armand Burgundy

92.5

1996 Chambertin Clos de Beze Burgundy

92.5
£14,103.00
£1,174.00

1995 Chambertin Clos de Beze Rousseau; Armand Burgundy

93.0

1995 Chambertin Clos de Beze Burgundy

93.0
£14,377.00
£1,196.00

1994 Chambertin Clos de Beze Rousseau; Armand Burgundy

1994 Chambertin Clos de Beze Burgundy

£8,785.00
£8,785.00
£732.00

1992 Chambertin Clos de Beze Rousseau; Armand Burgundy

1992 Chambertin Clos de Beze Burgundy

£13,179.00
£1,097.00
£1,093.00

1991 Chambertin Clos de Beze Rousseau; Armand Burgundy

94.0

1991 Chambertin Clos de Beze Burgundy

94.0
£33,320.00
£2,454.00

1990 Chambertin Clos de Beze Rousseau; Armand Burgundy

91.0

1990 Chambertin Clos de Beze Burgundy

91.0
£27,608.00
£2,307.00
£2,223.00
DP £2,307.00

1989 Chambertin Clos de Beze Rousseau; Armand Burgundy

1989 Chambertin Clos de Beze Burgundy

£20,204.00
£1,682.00

1988 Chambertin Clos de Beze Rousseau; Armand Burgundy

1988 Chambertin Clos de Beze Burgundy

£16,329.00
£1,360.00

1986 Chambertin Clos de Beze Rousseau; Armand Burgundy

1986 Chambertin Clos de Beze Burgundy

£14,605.00
£1,215.00

1985 Chambertin Clos de Beze Rousseau; Armand Burgundy

1985 Chambertin Clos de Beze Burgundy

£38,792.00
£3,246.00

1984 Chambertin Clos de Beze Rousseau; Armand Burgundy

1984 Chambertin Clos de Beze Burgundy

£6,022.00
£658.00
£588.00

1983 Chambertin Clos de Beze Rousseau; Armand Burgundy

1983 Chambertin Clos de Beze Burgundy

£32,928.00
£16,529.00
£2,753.00
DP £2,753.00

1981 Chambertin Clos de Beze Rousseau; Armand Burgundy

1981 Chambertin Clos de Beze Burgundy

£32,524.00
£32,524.00
£2,719.00

1979 Chambertin Clos de Beze Rousseau; Armand Burgundy

1979 Chambertin Clos de Beze Burgundy

£21,344.00
£1,780.00

1978 Chambertin Clos de Beze Rousseau; Armand Burgundy

1978 Chambertin Clos de Beze Burgundy

£38,384.00
£3,212.00
£3,063.00
£2,825.00
£3,233.00

1976 Chambertin Clos de Beze Rousseau; Armand Burgundy

1976 Chambertin Clos de Beze Burgundy

£23,564.00
£1,965.00

2011 Chambertin Clos de Beze (oc) Rousseau; Armand Burgundy

2011 Chambertin Clos de Beze (oc) Burgundy

£8,579.00
£715.00

1994 Chambertin Clos de Beze (oc) Rousseau; Armand Burgundy

1994 Chambertin Clos de Beze (oc) Burgundy

£7,222.00
£601.00

2015 Charmes Chambertin Rousseau; Armand Burgundy

92.5

2015 Charmes Chambertin Burgundy

92.5
TBC

2014 Charmes Chambertin Rousseau; Armand Burgundy

2014 Charmes Chambertin Burgundy

£2,637.00
£2,637.00
£1,319.00
£221.00
£210.00

2013 Charmes Chambertin Rousseau; Armand Burgundy

2013 Charmes Chambertin Burgundy

£2,571.00
£2,571.00
£1,286.00
DP £1,286.00
£216.00

2012 Charmes Chambertin Rousseau; Armand Burgundy

95.0

2012 Charmes Chambertin Burgundy

95.0
£2,806.00
£2,806.00
£1,402.00
£235.00

2011 Charmes Chambertin Rousseau; Armand Burgundy

90.25

2011 Charmes Chambertin Burgundy

90.25
£2,813.00
£2,813.00
£236.00
£198.00
DP £236.00

2010 Charmes Chambertin Rousseau; Armand Burgundy

93.0

2010 Charmes Chambertin Burgundy

93.0
£3,102.00
£259.00

2009 Charmes Chambertin Rousseau; Armand Burgundy

92.0

2009 Charmes Chambertin Burgundy

92.0
£3,155.00
£3,155.00
£264.00

2007 Charmes Chambertin Rousseau; Armand Burgundy

90.0

2007 Charmes Chambertin Burgundy

90.0
£2,761.00
£231.00

2006 Charmes Chambertin Rousseau; Armand Burgundy

89.33

2006 Charmes Chambertin Burgundy

89.33
£2,761.00
£231.00

2005 Charmes Chambertin Rousseau; Armand Burgundy

89.5

2005 Charmes Chambertin Burgundy

89.5
£4,824.00
£401.00

2003 Charmes Chambertin Rousseau; Armand Burgundy

2003 Charmes Chambertin Burgundy

£3,150.00
£263.00

2002 Charmes Chambertin Rousseau; Armand Burgundy

88.5

2002 Charmes Chambertin Burgundy

88.5
£4,447.00
DP £370.00

1999 Charmes Chambertin Rousseau; Armand Burgundy

87.33

1999 Charmes Chambertin Burgundy

87.33
£4,447.00
£370.00

1996 Charmes Chambertin Rousseau; Armand Burgundy

87.5

1996 Charmes Chambertin Burgundy

87.5
£7,028.00
£585.00

1991 Charmes Chambertin Rousseau; Armand Burgundy

1991 Charmes Chambertin Burgundy

£5,246.00
£437.00

1990 Charmes Chambertin Rousseau; Armand Burgundy

84.0

1990 Charmes Chambertin Burgundy

84.0
£6,737.00
£561.00

1988 Charmes Chambertin Rousseau; Armand Burgundy

1988 Charmes Chambertin Burgundy

£5,393.00
£449.00

1981 Charmes Chambertin Rousseau; Armand Burgundy

1981 Charmes Chambertin Burgundy

£5,719.00
£476.00

1978 Charmes Chambertin Rousseau; Armand Burgundy

1978 Charmes Chambertin Burgundy

£8,761.00
£539.00
£647.00
£575.00

2015 Clos de la Roche Rousseau; Armand Burgundy

93.0

2015 Clos de la Roche Burgundy

93.0
TBC

2014 Clos de la Roche Rousseau; Armand Burgundy

2014 Clos de la Roche Burgundy

£3,486.00
£3,486.00
£1,742.00
£1,644.00
£291.00
DP £291.00

2013 Clos de la Roche Rousseau; Armand Burgundy

2013 Clos de la Roche Burgundy

£2,852.00
£2,852.00
£1,425.00
£239.00

2012 Clos de la Roche Rousseau; Armand Burgundy

92.75

2012 Clos de la Roche Burgundy

92.75
£3,028.00
£253.00

2011 Clos de la Roche Rousseau; Armand Burgundy

91.25

2011 Clos de la Roche Burgundy

91.25
£2,852.00
£2,852.00
£1,425.00
£239.00
£244.00
DP £239.00

2010 Clos de la Roche Rousseau; Armand Burgundy

95.0

2010 Clos de la Roche Burgundy

95.0
£3,914.00
£326.00

2007 Clos de la Roche Rousseau; Armand Burgundy

91.5

2007 Clos de la Roche Burgundy

91.5
£3,086.00
£3,086.00

2006 Clos de la Roche Rousseau; Armand Burgundy

90.83

2006 Clos de la Roche Burgundy

90.83
£3,857.00
£3,857.00

2005 Clos de la Roche Rousseau; Armand Burgundy

93.0

2005 Clos de la Roche Burgundy

93.0
£4,677.00
£2,339.00
DP £389.00

2004 Clos de la Roche Rousseau; Armand Burgundy

2004 Clos de la Roche Burgundy

£3,016.00
£1,507.00
£252.00

2003 Clos de la Roche Rousseau; Armand Burgundy

2003 Clos de la Roche Burgundy

£4,264.00
£355.00

2000 Clos de la Roche Rousseau; Armand Burgundy

88.5

2000 Clos de la Roche Burgundy

88.5
£3,386.00
£3,386.00
£283.00

1999 Clos de la Roche Rousseau; Armand Burgundy

88.0

1999 Clos de la Roche Burgundy

88.0
£4,276.00
£4,276.00
£2,138.00

1998 Clos de la Roche Rousseau; Armand Burgundy

88.0

1998 Clos de la Roche Burgundy

88.0
£3,986.00
£332.00

1995 Clos de la Roche Rousseau; Armand Burgundy

89.33

1995 Clos de la Roche Burgundy

89.33
£4,812.00
£400.00
£456.00

1994 Clos de la Roche Rousseau; Armand Burgundy

1994 Clos de la Roche Burgundy

£2,279.00
£191.00

1993 Clos de la Roche Rousseau; Armand Burgundy

86.0

1993 Clos de la Roche Burgundy

86.0
£6,339.00
£528.00

1988 Clos de la Roche Rousseau; Armand Burgundy

1988 Clos de la Roche Burgundy

£4,713.00
£496.00

1986 Clos de la Roche Rousseau; Armand Burgundy

1986 Clos de la Roche Burgundy

£5,962.00
£496.00

1981 Clos de la Roche Rousseau; Armand Burgundy

1981 Clos de la Roche Burgundy

£10,070.00
£5,034.00
£839.00

1980 Clos de la Roche Rousseau; Armand Burgundy

1980 Clos de la Roche Burgundy

£8,968.00
£747.00

1978 Clos de la Roche Rousseau; Armand Burgundy

1978 Clos de la Roche Burgundy

£9,318.00
£776.00
£690.00

1976 Clos de la Roche Rousseau; Armand Burgundy

1976 Clos de la Roche Burgundy

£9,453.00
£4,725.00
£787.00

2015 Clos des Ruchottes Rousseau; Armand Burgundy

2015 Clos des Ruchottes Burgundy

TBC

2011 Clos des Ruchottes Rousseau; Armand Burgundy

2011 Clos des Ruchottes Burgundy

£4,048.00
£337.00

1999 Clos des Ruchottes Rousseau; Armand Burgundy

1999 Clos des Ruchottes Burgundy

£6,836.00
£569.00

2015 Gevrey Chambertin Rousseau; Armand Burgundy

89.5

2015 Gevrey Chambertin Burgundy

89.5
£1,647.00
£1,647.00
£826.00

2014 Gevrey Chambertin Rousseau; Armand Burgundy

89.0

2014 Gevrey Chambertin Burgundy

89.0
£1,357.00
£694.00
£1,357.00
£677.00
DP £677.00
£115.00
DP £115.00

2013 Gevrey Chambertin Rousseau; Armand Burgundy

86.0

2013 Gevrey Chambertin Burgundy

86.0
£1,335.00
£1,335.00
£666.00
£60.00
£114.00
DP £114.00

2012 Gevrey Chambertin Rousseau; Armand Burgundy

88.0

2012 Gevrey Chambertin Burgundy

88.0
£1,465.00
£124.00