Domaine Armand Rousseau   Chambertin Clos de Beze Grand Cru

2003 Chambertin Clos-de-Beze Grand Cru

By Domaine Armand Rousseau

2003 Chambertin Clos-de-Beze Grand Cru from Domaine Armand Rousseau, Burgundy

The year 2003 stands out in the annals of Burgundian viticulture as one marked by scorching heatwaves that swept across Europe. In the iconic vineyards of Domaine Armand Rousseau, this climactic curiosity sculpted a Chambertin Clos-de-Beze Grand Cru that defies the patterns of its pedigree, offering investors a unique narrative in their collections.


A Vintage Defined by Extremes

The environmental solidarity of 2003 compelled the ripening vines to strive against the elements, yielding grapes endowed with intense concentration and an unforeseen maturity at harvest. This phenomenon is expressively embodied in the 2003 Chambertin Clos-de-Beze Grand Cru from Domaine Armand Rousseau—a wine that is as resilient as it is refined.


Thermic Tapestries Weaved into Wine

This particular vintage manifests a complexity that transcends the routine descriptors of Burgundy's reds. On the palate, it fuses ripe, almost exuberant berry fruits with a depth of spiced chocolate notes—a profile uncharacteristic for such young wines from this estate. The muscular tannins suggest an eminent longevity yet are paradoxically harmonised by the vintage's inherent opulence, creating a tessellation of textures both robust and caressing.

To the discerning collector, this liaison between the extraordinary climatic conditions and the esteemed terroir of Clos-de-Beze offers an intriguing opportunity for investment. The signature finesse of Domaine Armand Rousseau navigates through the wine's bold structure without losing its poise, crafting a narrative for each bottle that resonates with rarity and distinction.

Reflecting upon my soirée with this beguiling nectar, it becomes clear that the 2003 Chambertin Clos-de-Beze Grand Cru from Domaine Armand Rousseau provides an expressive snapshot of a vintage that was anything but ordinary. With superb aging potential remaining, it is unquestionably one to court for its standout character within an investor’s portfolio—an emblematic triumph over a testing year, representing the resilience of Burgundian viticulture.

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Loads of spices are intermingled with blackberries and black cherries in the wonderful aromatics of the 2003 Chambertin-Clos de Beze. A bold, ample, medium to full-bodied wine, it expands on the palate, revealing great breadth and richness. Hugely spicy, this candied blackberry-dominated effort sports a persistent finish crammed with solid tannin. Anticipated maturity: 2009-2020. Importer: Frederick Wildman & Sons, New York, NY; tel. (212) 355-0700

Pierre Rovani - The Wine Advocate, 28 August 2005

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