Domaine Armand Rousseau Clos de la Roche 2011

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This great domain was founded at the beginning of the 20th century by Armand Rousseau, with some vineyards he inherited in the village of Gevrey Chambertin. His marriage union in 1909 brought more vineyards as well as a winery and cellars dating back to the 13th century. The acquisition of Grand Cru plots in the 1940's and 50's really put the domaine on the map, and today Armand Rousseau wines are among the most sought after in all of Burgundy. The wines are impeccably made with the guidance of nature by Eric Rousseau, Armand's grandson, and the domaine is managed by Armand's granddaughter, Corinne.
The Grand Cru vineyard of Clos de la Roche sits at the northern boundary of the village of Morey-Saint-Denis and directly borders the Grand Crus of Gevrey-Chambertin. Domaine Armand Rousseau owns a little more than 3.5 acres of the 33 total acres under vine. Though just a stones throw from Chambertin this Grand Cru sits with a more southern exposure and mineral laden soil, producing wines of great concentration and purity, typically maturing sooner than it's neighbors to the north.
Category Red Wine
Country France
Region Burgundy
Appellation Cote de Nuits
Brand Domaine Armand Rousseau
  • bh94

BurghoundAn overtly spicy and very earth nose of red currant, plum and wet stone scents. There is lovely richness to the round, full-bodied and highly energetic medium-bodied flavors that exhibit firm tannins on the saline-infused finish. This is excellent and should reward mid to longer-term cellaring. 91-94

Allen Meadows
  • wa90

Wine AdvocateThe 2011 Clos de la Roche Grand Cru has a lifted bouquet, perhaps with a slight tinny element at the beginning: touches of red cherries, dried rose petals and wet clay. The palate is well-defined and cohesive with some conspicuous oak influence on the entry. It does not fan out, remaining linear and focused with a strict finish with slightly bitter fruit on the aftertaste. Fine. Drink now-2019.

Neal Martin, August 2013