Domaine Armand Rousseau   Chambertin Clos de Beze Grand Cru

2011 Chambertin Clos-de-Beze Grand Cru

By Domaine Armand Rousseau

2011 Chambertin Clos-de-Beze Grand Cru from Domaine Armand Rousseau, Burgundy

Domaine Armand Rousseau holds a reputation as a bastion of Burgundian excellence, and the 2011 Chambertin Clos-de-Beze Grand Cru exemplifies this esteemed legacy in a particularly challenging vintage. This season was marked by erratic weather patterns, with a precocious start to the growing season and climatic turbulence that demanded immense skill from vignerons throughout the region.


Vintage Nuances: A Testament to Terroir and Talent

The characteristic resilience and adaptability of Pinot Noir is on full display in the 2011 Chambertin Clos-de-Beze Grand Cru. At this prestigious Grand Cru vineyard, where the footprints of history tread deeply into the limestone-rich soils, the resulting wine from this convoluted year is a compelling testament to both terroir and winemaker's prowess.

In 2011, lovers of Burgundy were granted a wine that exhibits a rare balance of structure and delicacy. Intertwining floral elegance with a confident mineral backbone, this vintage whispers tales of earthiness complemented by hints of ripe cherries and exotic spices. Ensuring divinely supple tannins despite the year's vicissitudes, Rousseau’s expertise is manifest in every glass.


A Vintage Commanding Respect from Investors

Wine investors will note that amidst the fluctuations of Burgundian vintages, Domaine Armand Rousseau's dedication remains steadfast. Captivatingly complex, the 2011 Chambertin Clos-de-Beze Grand Cru beckons the discerning with its graceful aging potential. The nobility of Rousseau's winemaking endures within this bottle, promising returns as much sensory as they are financial.

For those poised to diversify their portfolio with a piece of oenological history, this wine proves an astute acquisition. It stands among its peers not just as a survivor of 2011’s whimsical clime but as an articulation of what exceptional viticulture can achieve against the odds.

In closing, to sip the 2011 Chambertin Clos-de-Beze Grand Cru from Domaine Armand Rousseau is to savor a slice of Burgundy's soul, an experience treasured by connoisseurs and worthy of keen investment consideration.

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Tasted blind at the Burgundy 2011 horizontal tasting in Beaune. The Chambertin Clos de Bèze 2011 from Rousseau was showing too much wood when I tasted it just after bottling. Whereas some 2011s from Rousseau seem to have been handicapped by that, others like this have shrugged it off. Here, it has a more generous bouquet compared to its peers, armed with lush red cherries, strawberry and cassis. The oak vanillin is noticeable but synced with the fruit. The palate is medium-bodied with a plush texture. There is very good depth here and arresting purity – red cherries strawberry and candied orange peel that segue into a citrus fresh and vibrant finish with plenty of energy and race. Superb.

Neal Martin - The Wine Advocate, 29 November 2014

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