“Armand Rousseau’s Queen” – Wine with Bok, 2017
The Chambertin-Clos de Bèze Grand Cru 1991 is an exceptional red wine from Burgundy that possesses pure power and great body.
Domaine Armand Rousseau is one of the most famous and best domaines in Burgundy. Based in Gevrey-Chambertin, the estate is formed of just over 15 hectares, over half of which is Grand Cru. Founded in the early 20th century by Armand Rousseau, today it is run by Armand’s son and grandson and exports nearly 80% of the 65,000 bottles a year produced. The domaine produces pale, finely structured wines of great elegance and stamina. The simple principle of old vines and sensible yields dictates the Rousseau style. Sometimes the wines can appear light in their youth, but they nearly always take on weight as they age.
Made of 100% Pinot Noir, the Chambertin-Clos de Bèze 1991 offers a bouquet of incredibly complex aromas of oriental spices, dried flowers, sage, ripe cherry, candies and earth. All of those nuances follow through to the palate, where the wine is silky, deeply expressive and captivating. The 1991 Chambertin-Clos de Bèze possesses great intensity and richness, full body, a magnificent layered texture and the long, deeply evocative finish.
Although, the wine production in 1991 was one-half of normal and this wine is difficult to find, it’s worth all efforts. Without a doubt, the Chambertin-Clos de Bèze 1991 will develop into an even more nuanced wine with more time in bottle.
Aging ability: 2019-2040
Critic scores: RP 94, Allen Meadows 95, Vinous 97
Amsterdam, November 5th 2019