Domaine Armand Rousseau   Charmes Chambertin

1999 Charmes-Chambertin

By Domaine Armand Rousseau

The 1999 Charmes-Chambertin from Domaine Armand Rousseau, Burgundy, France

The heralded 1999 vintage of Burgundy is a varietal composition that speaks to the skilled vigneron's craft, particularly manifest in the 1999 Charmes-Chambertin from Domaine Armand Rousseau. In my four decades of wine exploration, seldom have I encountered a vintage so reflective of its terroir, a testimony to the climatic graces that year bequeathed upon the Côte de Nuits.


Finessed by Time: A Vintage Worth Investing In

Domaine Armand Rousseau, venerable cultivator of Pinot Noir, has rendered a rendition of Charmes-Chambertin that captures the quintessence of elegance and structure. This is a vintage where finesse has been finessed by time itself; a poised ballet of matured tannins and a residual vibrancy – the epitome of an astute investment-grade wine.


The Notable Nuances of 1999

As we contemplate the climatic conditions that sculpted the 1999 Charmes-Chambertin vintage, we cast our minds to an exceptional growing season. Optimal sunshine and well-timed rains culminated in harvests that brought forth fruit with both perfect ripeness and acidity—translating into a balanced symphony in bottle form. This 1999 vintage conveys a mélange of red and black berries, intertwining with an earthy undercurrent and whispers of truffle and spice – harmonious notes that resonate with sophistication.

The tasting experience unravels with great complexity; the first sip begets an elegant display of enlivened fruit subtly graced by tertiary savours of game and cedarwood. The finish is long, enchantingly combining mellifluousness with an ethereal structure that can only be attributed to the finest craftsmanship at Domaine Armand Rousseau.

This marriage between climatic prowess and vinicultural mastery assures those investing in fine wines, that the 1999 Charmes-Chambertin from Domaine Armand Rousseau holds a revered place in cellars and portfolios alike. It is without question, one of the shining jewels in the diadem of Burgundy's coveted vintages.

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The medium to dark ruby-colored 1999 Charmes-Chambertin has boisterous, sweet red cherry aromas. Medium-bodied and supple, it reveals loads of red and black cherry fruit in its fresh yet firm personality. Drink it over the next 7-8 years. Importer: Frederick Wildman & Sons, New York, NY; tel. (212) 355-0700.

Pierre Rovani - The Wine Advocate, 30 August 2001

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