Domaine Armand Rousseau   Chambertin Clos de Beze Grand Cru

2016 Chambertin Clos-de-Beze Grand Cru

By Domaine Armand Rousseau

2016 Chambertin Clos-de-Beze Grand Cru from Domaine Armand Rousseau, Burgundy, France

Amidst the tapestry of prestigious vineyards, the 2016 Chambertin Clos-de-Beze Grand Cru from Domaine Armand Rousseau is a wine that demands attention from investors and connoisseurs alike. A vintage that intertwines the challenges of nature with the triumphs of masterful winemaking, 2016 had its share of climatic complexities that rendered its nectar all the more astonishing.


The Quintessence of the Vintage

The arduous weather patterns of 2016, marked by hail and frost, led to reduced yields within Burgundy's storied demesnes. Yet, these trials often culminate in astonishing concentration and aromatic precision—traits exemplified in this Grand Cru.

As one uncorks this elixir from Domaine Armand Rousseau, it unveils its layers with regal complexity. To the discerning palate, 2016’s adversity has transmuted into an enigmatic mix of potent dark cherries, earthy undertones, and a flirtatious hint of oak. Swirling in the glass, it casts a chiaroscuro of fruit and spice, painting a vivid tableau befitting its noble heritage. Intrinsic to its terroir’s legacy, its minerality remains resolute—a steely backbone around which the vintage spirals into opulent but refined textures.


An Investment-worthy Elixir

Beneath its beguiling bouquet lies an undeniable strength—the potential for graceful aging. The structure that underlines the 2016 Chambertin Clos-de-Beze Grand Cru promises a future where elegance and maturity converge.

This wine serves not merely as a vessel for indulgence but stands as a paragon of investment potential; its scarcity, coupled with Domaine Armand Rousseau's inimitable reputation, cements it firmly as an asset to be both treasured and anticipated.

Selecting this Grand Cru for one's portfolio is akin to capturing a sliver of viticultural lore. It will no doubt adapt exquisitely over time, continuously unfurling new facets like pages in an endless volume of olfactory poetry.


Terroir's Triumph in Every Sip

In sum, the 2016 Chambertin Clos-de-Beze Grand Cru from Domaine Armand Rousseau is an embodiment of terroir's tenacity through Nature's whims. Its depth and balance prophesy not only a remarkable drinking journey henceforth but also signify a wise choice for those seeking profoundness and pecuniary merit in their wine investments—one that will captivate enthusiasts with every evolving sip.

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The 2016 Chambertin-Clos de Bèze Grand Cru is showing brilliantly from bottle, unwinding with aeration to reveal a deep and brooding bouquet of plums, cassis and cherries mingled with notions of grilled meats, ceps, peonies and iodine. On the palate, the wine is full-bodied, textural and enveloping, with a muscular chassis of ripe tannin that's cloaked in a core of vibrant and concentrated fruit, concluding with a long and thrillingly carnal finish. It will be fascinating to compare this with the qualitatively similar but stylistically very different 2015 vintage when both wines have 20 years on the clock.

William Kelley - The Wine Advocate, 9 January 2020

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