Chambertin Clos de Bèze, Domaine Armand Rousseau 2002
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While not nearly as reserved as it once was the beautifully spicy and well-layered nose is on the restrained side with a distinctly earthy character to the elegant mix of both red and dark pinot fruit aromas. There is fine concentration to the utterly delicious flavors that are exuberant, big, rich, round and seductively sappy before culminating in an explosive and strikingly persistent finish. This remains an exciting wine of exceptional purity and balance. For my taste this is very much still on the way up and while it can certainly be drunk with pleasure it seems quite clear that this is nowhere yet near its apogee and as such, I would recommend allowing this to continue to slumber. Multiple and consistent notes save for one bottle that was initially reduced but quickly opened up. Drink 2020+
|Score: 94||Allen Meadows, Burghound.com, October 2015|
Classic pinot ruby. Oak spice and reserved, brooding and backward earthy pinot fruit notes cut with very ripe black cherry aromas lead to more expressive flavors that are exuberant, big, rich, round and intensely sappy. The finish explodes in the mouth and is superbly complex with first rate vibrancy. Exciting juice with exceptional purity and balance.
|Score: 91/94||Allen Meadows, Burghound.com (13), January 2004|
The 2002 Chambertin Clos de Beze bursts with spicy red cherry aromas. This medium to full-bodied wine has an exceptionally spicy personality that is crammed with red licorice (Twizzlers), candied raspberries, Asian spices, and blackberries. Wonderfully focused and armed with substantial depth, this medium to full-bodied wine's exceedingly long finish displays awesomely ripe tannin. Anticipated maturity: 2008-2020.
|Score: 94/96+||Pierre-Antoine Rovani, Wine Advocate (153), June 2004|
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