Domaine Armand Rousseau   Chambertin Clos de Beze Grand Cru

1995 Chambertin Clos-de-Beze Grand Cru

By Domaine Armand Rousseau

The 1995 Chambertin Clos-de-Beze Grand Cru from Domaine Armand Rousseau

Among the pantheon of Burgundian legends, a particular vintage that stands out with a seasoned sense of grace is the 1995 Chambertin Clos-de-Beze Grand Cru from the esteemed Domaine Armand Rousseau. This enigmatic and rare treasure has been sculpted by time to emerge as a compelling argument for patience in one's wine cellar.


Precision and Elegance: The Cornerstone of a Solid Investment

In an era where robust investment portfolios are being diversively enhanced with tangible assets such as fine wine, the 1995 vintage from Domaine Armand Rousseau offers a tantalising blend of exclusivity and heritage. The climatic patterns of this year bestowed upon Clos-de-Beze's wines a challenge to overcome, thereby yielding a vintage whose elegance is matched only by its depth.


A Climatic Twist on a Classic Terroir

The year 1995 saw Burgundy grapple with somewhat cooler conditions than usual, spurring the Pinot Noir vines within Clos-de-Beze to ripen at a measured pace. This has manifested in the current incarnation as an intricate tapestry of aromas; wild cherry and earthy truffle notes abound, while undertones of violet and layered mineral complexity hint at the venerable terroir from which they spring.

On the palate, one encounters balance in its most divine form - a seamless union between taut acidity and supple tannins. The aged profile marries mature red fruit with whispers of spice and forest floor, creating extensive layers that reveal themselves with each contemplative sip.


Conclusion: A Timeless Investment Vintage

The 1995 Chambertin Clos-de-Beze Grand Cru from Domaine Armand Rousseau embodies the intricacies that enthusiasts and investors seek when they converge at the crossroads of passion and profitability. With each passing year, this wine accentuates its position as one of refinement within the cellars of collectors. It represents not just a bottle, but a storied chapter in Burgundy's vinous narrative, promising continued appreciation both on the palate and in market value.

For those considering an investment in liquid history, this 1995 vintage holds a promise of growth, much like its slow journey to ripeness in Burgundy's famed vineyards. One could consider it a cornerstone asset around which other fine wines may pivot within one's portfolio.

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Dark ruby-colored, the killer Chambertin Clos de Beze floored me with its nose of roses, violets, black cherries and Asian spices. Its sublimely elegant palate impression is intense, complex, chewy, austere, minerally, stony, full-bodied and long. It possesses considerable tannin behind the rich fruit so it should be at its best between 2006 and 2016. This note is the result of tastings I did in Burgundy between January 7 and January 29. The wine was tasted from cask, not bottle. Pinot Noir, a fragile varietal, reacts poorly to fining, filtration, and careless bottling techniques, I recommend caution when considering buying a red burgundy based on cask samples. I called it as I tasted it, and hope the bottled wine reflects the quality of the samples I was provided. Importer: Frederick Wildman, New York, NY; tel. (212) 355-0700

Pierre Rovani - The Wine Advocate, 26 June 1997

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