Chambertin Clos de Bèze, Domaine Armand Rousseau 2001
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Curiously, this most recent bottle was not at all like the one that I tried in 2006 because while there was a trace of wood, it was not displaying nearly as much as the prior bottle. The stylish and still astonishingly complex nose reflects all of the elegance and broad-ranging spice that is typical of a classic Rousseau Bèze. The middle weight flavors remain marvelously intense with a sappy and quite beautifully detailed finish that is still moderately yet finely structured. As originally noted, this is more of a medium weight effort underpinned by sophisticated tannins and impressive length. While it will age for years on its balance, after an hour of air, it certainly becomes enjoyable though both of the most recent bottles suggest that a few more years of cellar time would be warranted. Mostly consistent notes. Drink 2019+
|Score: 93||Allen Meadows, Burghound.com, October 2015|
Superbly elegant in every respect with its stylish, astonishingly complex pinot fruit, marvelously intense, sappy, crushed panoply of red and black fruit flavors. As with the Chambertin, this is more of a medium weight effort underpinned by very fine tannins and palate staining length. This is the essence of Clos de Bèze as it is incredibly spicy and wonderfully seductive. This is extremely classy juice.
|Score: 92/94||Allen Meadows, Burghound.com (9), January 2003|
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