1996, Armand Rousseau, Chambertin Clos De Beze

Clos de Beze, Burgundy, France

(Priced at per bottle)


Score: 93

Drinking Dates: 2021+

Critic: Allen Meadows

Tasted: 15-Oct-2015

Initially, mild reduction knocks down the expressiveness of the otherwise pure, pretty and exquisitely complex aromas of secondary dark fruit, spices and earth, indeed this is positively kaleidoscopic in breadth. The still moderately tannic, sappy, intense and equally complex flavors deliver a refined mouth feel on the notably vibrant, explosive and gorgeously long finish that displays just a hint of dryness. This is a fine effort in the context of the vintage where the only shortcoming is the absence of outstanding density though in fairness to the domaine, this is true of most ‘96s. While this could easily be enjoyed now with 30 minutes or so of aeration, personally I will continue to hold my bottles for a few more years as the hint of dryness does not appear to be a major concern, at least not at this point. Tasted many times over the years with largely consistent notes. 93/2021+