Domaine Armand Rousseau   Charmes Chambertin

2002 Charmes-Chambertin

By Domaine Armand Rousseau

2002 Charmes-Chambertin from Domaine Armand Rousseau, Burgundy

In the pantheon of eminent Burgundian producers, Domaine Armand Rousseau occupies a celestial plane, renowned for crafting wines that eloquently speak of their terroir. The 2002 Charmes-Chambertin is a sterling exemplar of this hallowed estate's prowess, delivering a vintage-specific narrative that is both compelling and profound.

 

Sophistication and Investment Savvy in a Bottle

Fine wine investors with astute palates might deduce that the climatic conditions of 2002 were particularly benevolent towards Pinot Noir in the revered appellations of Burgundy. Indeed, this captivating vintage emerged as one of harmony and finesse, resulting in some of the decade's most collectable and investable wines. The 2002 Charmes-Chambertin is no exception, offering a palate abundant with ripe tannins and an enduring structure that augurs well for sustained maturation.

 

Singular Terroir Expression

Burgundy's fragmented climatic mosaic traditionally yields wines of great variance; however, the 2002 setback all expectations with its across-the-board excellence. The Charmes-Chambertin from Domaine Armand Rousseau perfectly exemplifies the year's quiet confidence. It dances gracefully on the palate with a fusion of sumptuous dark fruit enveloped in an intricate lacework of earthy undertones and poised oak. Even in its maturity, it retains an invigorating freshness that hints at a remarkable harvest season imbued with balanced warmth and rainfall.

Equally impressive is the wine’s aromatic profile; seductive whispers of black cherry, underbrush, and a nuanced touch of spice culminate in a bouquet that continues to evolve and surprise even the most discerning collectors.

In summary, defining the distinction of the 2002 vintage through boutique bottles like this grand cru demands an understanding of not just viticulture but also vinous artistry. The 2002 Charmes-Chambertin reflects both the stellar conditions of its birth year and the meticulous care afforded by Domaine Armand Rousseau. This exquisite elixir stands as one of Burgundy's shining jewels—a treasure trove for investors and aficionados alike.

Market price (GBP)

£13,610.00

12x75cl

Highest score

88

POP score

1701.25

Scores and tasting notes

88-89

Lovely aromas of red cherries are found in the nose of the light to medium-bodied 2002 Charmes-Chambertin. Silky-textured, suave, and pure, it reveals delightful raspberry and red cherry flavors in its seamless character. Anticipated maturity: now-2011. Importer: Frederick Wildman & Sons tel (212) 230-0929

Pierre Rovani - The Wine Advocate, 29 June 2004

Vintage performance