Domaine Armand Rousseau   Chambertin Clos de Beze Grand Cru

2012 Chambertin Clos-de-Beze Grand Cru

By Domaine Armand Rousseau

2012 Chambertin Clos-de-Beze Grand Cru from Domaine Armand Rousseau, Burgundy

The 2012 vintage in Burgundy has emerged as a jewel in the crown of this esteemed region, and the Chambertin Clos-de-Beze Grand Cru from Domaine Armand Rousseau stands as a testament to the fortitude and finesse achieved by the vignerons amidst challenging climatic adversity. The season was marked by erratic weather, yet the combination of meticulous vineyard management and serendipitous late sunshine culminated in a harvest that bequeathed wines of compelling complexity and vibrant vivacity.


Bouquet and Balance: A Symphony for the Senses

In my four decades of wine contemplation, it is seldom that I come across a vintage that delivers with such confident equilibrium. Upon decanting, the 2012 Chambertin Clos-de-Beze Grand Cru from Domaine Armand Rousseau reveals an intricate array of aromas. Red and black fruits intermingle with whispers of earthiness, undergrowth, and a flattering hint of oak. Evidently, the trials of the growing season have imbued this Grand Cru with not only resilience but charm.


A Vintage Worth Its Terroir

The palate beckons with a tantalising tension between power and elegance, with redcurrant and black cherry notes dancing on a stage set by refined tannins and enlivened acidity. Therewithal lies subtlety: moist petrichor and a fading echo of spice which give way to an impressively sustained finish. This is pinot noir speaking its truth—a truth deeply rooted in one of Burgundy's most hallowed patches of terroir.

As investors seek out wines with provenance and potential, it becomes abundantly clear that the 2012 Chambertin Clos-de-Beze Grand Cru from Domaine Armand Rousseau should hold a place of honour within any discerning portfolio. Its combination of immediate pleasure and promise of maturation align splendidly with both connoisseur enjoyment and investment insight.

In conclusion, whether it is to be cherished upon release or allowed the grace of time to unfurl its full tapestry of taste, this vintage's unwavering excellence is an asset to collectors and aficionados alike. It is offerings like these that persist in securing Burgundy's immutable reputation as a haven for exceptional viniculture—and why seeking out and securing allocations can be as rewarding as the savouring itself.

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Tasted blind at the annual "Burgfest" tasting in Beaune. The 2012 Chambertin Clos de Bèze Grand Cru has a scintillating, effervescent nose, the new oak beautifully interwoven into the complex red cherry, raspberry and pomegranate scents. There is wonderful definition here. The palate is very well balanced with well judged acidity that cuts a swathe through the structured red berry fruit. This is a serious Clos-de-Bèze reserved for long-term ageing. Quite brilliant.

Neal Martin - The Wine Advocate, 29 October 2015

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