This lot was part of our auction «small bottle party !» on 01.04.2023.
Domaine Armand Rousseau, Chambertin, 1990
1 x 0.750L
90 / 100 Robert Parker The Chambertin is a more closed, deeper-colored wine than the outstanding Gevrey-Chambertin-Clos St.-Jacques. The Chambertin reveals an impressive dark ruby/purple color, a closed bouquet, and tight, hard tannins. This deep, broad-shouldered, full-bodied, intensely concentrated, chewy-textured, closed wine needs 5-6 years cellaring. It should last through the first decade of the next century.
At the top level, Rousseau consistently produces three profound wines - Gevrey-Chambertin-Clos St.-Jacques (as good as most producer's grands crus), Chambertin-Clos de Beze, and Chambertin. That being said, I remain perplexed as to why Rousseau's other wines are so surprisingly light and fluid. While good, sometimes very good, they are markedly inferior to his top three wines. Never one to jump on the bandwagon for forward, super-ripe vintages, (he still believes 1983 is the finest vintage of the eighties), Rousseau is unpersuaded by the acclaim bestowed on 1990.
83, The Wine Advocate
92 / 100 Wine Spectator A solid wine that's not giving much now. Has a satiny texture and fine, toasted, gamy violet and berry aromas and flavors. All the elements are in place for excellence; time will tell exactly how great it will be. Try in 1998. 825 cases made. http://www.winespectator.com/wine/detail/source/search/not..
19 / 20 Jancis Robinson Bright ruby - quite a deep colour actually. Delightfully shaded. Pungent and definitely with lots of tertiary aromas. This has crossed the Rubicon into something serious! Fireworks and explosions. Great breadth and richness. Long and kerpow. So complex and beautfully balanced, Struck match quality. Fine tannins on the finish but lots of pleasure. Tense and exciting. https://www.jancisrobinson.com/tastings/search?keywords=Ar..
93 / 100 Allen Meadow There is now some bricking evident on the rim. The elegantly perfumed and fully mature aromas offer a stunningly complex mélange of spice, leather, earth and ripe secondary fruit scents. There is fine richness to the relatively forward medium weight flavors that are not particularly dense though they do deliver exceptionally good length on the gorgeously textured and well-balanced finale. This has now reached its apogee and while there is no risk of a decline anytime soon, indeed it can be held with confidence, neither is there anything further to be gained from holding this beauty further. Multiple, and consistent, notes. https://www.burghound.com/tnsearch/index.php?id=248102