Domaine Armand Rousseau   Charmes Chambertin

2014 Charmes-Chambertin

By Domaine Armand Rousseau

2014 Charmes-Chambertin from Domaine Armand Rousseau, Burgundy, France

The illustrious 2014 Charmes-Chambertin from Domaine Armand Rousseau heralds from a vintage that deftly demonstrates the resilience and complexity of Burgundy's terroir. This particular year, noted for its climatic oscillations, produced Pinot Noir grapes with poise, transcendence, and an almost ethereal articulation of the Charmes-Chambertin appellation.


Rare Harmony: A Vintage Captured by Elegance and Energy

In the glass, this enchanting vintage exudes a vibrant robe of deep ruby, hinting at the concentrated experience that awaits. The nose is greeted with an elegant bouquet, where red fruits, especially cherries and raspberries, intermingle with earthy undertones and a whisper of spice. 2014 was a year which necessitated astute agronomic prowess and refined oenological craftsmanship, both hallmarks of Domaine Armand Rousseau's enduring legacy.


An Investment in Liquid History

The palate is graced by a seamless assemblage of flavours in impeccable balance - a testimony to the measured intervention during an unpredictable growing season. This vintage embraced restraint and subtlety, showcasing the sophistication that collectors prize when diversifying their holdings with premier Burgundy wines such as this Charmes-Chambertin.

Tannins here are fine-grained and cultured — having mellowed sufficiently over time to offer an immediate allure while still suggesting enormous potential for further maturation. Indeed, the 2014 vintage stands as a beacon for investors: a wine with the promise to evolve gracefully within the cellar, incrementally adding value to an already prized asset.

To encapsulate the essence of this remarkable 2014 Charmes-Chambertin from Domaine Armand Rousseau is to speak of a symphony in which every note plays its part harmoniously. With discerning consideration given to climate and craftsmanship, here lies not only a sensational example of Burgundy's enological expertise but also an astute addition to any fine wine portfolio. It remains compelling in its representation of the appellation and year — a truly captivating prospect for those who appreciate the intricate dance between vine and vintage.

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Tasted blind at the Burgfest 2014 tasting, the 2014 Charmes Chambertin Grand Cru has a slightly diffuse bouquet at the moment with redcurrant and raspberry fruit, quite effervescent and vigorous. Touch of brettanomyces? The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin. There is just a touch of chewiness, although it is balanced and will soften with time. It closes in a little toward the pastille-like finish. When this was revealed as Armand Rousseau, I was as surprised as the other tasters in the room that were mostly nonplussed by this Charmes-Chambertin. I put a question mark next to my score, and hopefully another bottle will show as well as it did from barrel. Tasted September 2017.

Neal Martin - The Wine Advocate, 31 October 2017

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