Domaine Armand Rousseau

Domaine Armand Rousseau is the jewel in Gevrey Chambertin's crown. Founded by Armand Rousseau, who inherited a number of plots of land in the village at the start of the 20th century. He was able to expand further first through marriage and then astute purchasing of many leading Grands Crus such as Mazy-Chambertin, Charmes-Chambertin, and the village's greatest 1er Cru Clos Jacques.

In 1959 his son Charles inherited the 6 ha estate expanding it in size through the purchasing of Grand Cru Chambertin Clos de Beze, Chambertin and Clos des Ruchottes. Not only a brilliant wine maker but also fluent in English and German, Charles used his considerable skills to spread the word worldwide of this extraordinary domaine boasting 8 ha of Grand Crus! Today the family traditions of attention to detail and respect of traditional values in the vineyard and winery are upheld by Armand’s grandson Eric and great granddaughter Cyrielle.

The greatest domaine’s reputations are firstly made due to the extent of their vineyard holdings. In the case of Armand Rousseau 8.5 ha of some of the finest Grand Cru’s in the Cote de Nuits and secondly the quality of the wines.

The domaine’s style is one of purity and refinement. They often defy logic, by being subtle and yet extraordinarily intense. Wine making is very traditional with 90% of the fruit destemmed at vinification time and a very gentle fermentation over 18-20 days at strictly controlled temperatures. They like to blend young and old vines together in the winemaking process as, in the Rousseau family words, “they feel each generation brings its own richness to a wine”. Following approximately 15 months of careful elevage in wood the wines are bottled in the spring time before their release on the market.

The vineyards

Gevrey Chambertin Village
Domaine Rousseau owns 9 vineyards in Gevrey-Chambertin, 7 of which are used in its Village appellation. Two are tenanted.

Gevrey Chambertin 1er Cru Lavaux St-Jacques
The two parcels are located on the lower part of the slopes at the entrance to the Combe Lavaux. This appellation is usually the last one to be harvested (along with the Clos Saint Jacques), due to the cool breezes at night, which lengthen the maturation time of the grapes. The resulting wines are firm, with a pleasant roundness and aromas of red berries and cherries. This excellent Premier Cru is characterised by its elegance, freshness and minerality.

Gevrey Chambertin 1er Cru Les Cazetiers
Les Cazetiers vineyard lies just over the wall from the Clos Saint Jacques.The wine from this appellation is elegant, complex, well-defined, with a juvenile structure.

Gevrey Chambertin 1er Cru Clos St Jacques
A statue of Saint Jacques was unearthed in this vineyard, which was then dedicated to the saint. It now boasts chapel that lies on one of the many pilgrimage routes to Santiago de Compostela. The vineyard is divided into five vertical strips belonging to five different domains. Domaine Rousseau owns one third of the total area of the Clos.The Clos Saint Jacques is implicitly recognised as a Grand Cru, but was overlooked at the time of the official AOC Grand Cru classification; it belonged to the Comte de Moucheron, a fervent royalist who refused to allow his land to become part of the Republican classification system. The wines from this terroir are clear and balanced with strong, smooth tannins and a dominant aroma of blackcurrant and small black fruits. They have a particularly intense mouth-feel.

Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru
The Charmes-Chambertin comprises grapes from two parcels of Charmes-Chambertin appellation and a parcel of Mazoyères-Chambertin. Considered often as the most accessible of the Grand Cru’s with a lovely degree of finesse and elegance.

Clos de la Roche Grand Cru
This vineyard lies in Morey-Saint-Denis and is the only appellation in the Domaine which is not part of the commune of Gevrey-Chambertin. The wines are mineral and vibrant; long, firm and very consistent.

Ruchottes-Chambertin Grand Cru, Clos des Ruchottes, Monopole
The Ruchottes-Chambertin appellation lies above Mazy-Chambertin and comprises three parts : le Clos des Ruchottes, les Ruchottes-Hauts and les Ruchottes-Bas. The Clos des Ruchottes vineyard is exclusive to the Domaine.It lies on a level with Le Chambertin appellation. Two veins of rock run above and below the Clos, separating it from the rest of the appellation. They are mineral, incredibly delicate and fine and an exquisite expression of their terroir.

Chambertin Clos de Beze Grand Cru
The Clos de Bèze in Gevrey-Chambertin originally belonged to the monks of the Bèze Abbey, who were given the land by the then Duke of Lower Burgundy in the year 630. They cleared the land and planted the first vines of what was to become the Clos de Bèze appellation.To this day the vineyard remains a real ‘clos’, enclosed by old stone walls. Clos de Bèze predates Chambertin although they both enjoy the same high reputation. The wines of Le Clos are subtle and mineral whereas those of Le Chambertin are more ample and powerful.

Chambertin Grand Cru
Named after a Monsieur Bertin who’s wines were so exceptional that his vineyard came to be known solely in reference to him: Bertin's field, or, in French, 'Champ de Bertin', which over the years became 'Chambertin'. Chambertin is described as the wine of kings. Powerful, virile, concentrated with good structure. A wonderfully persistent mouthfeel with aromas of chocolate, liquorice and small red fruits.

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