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armand rousseau 1996 gevrey 1er cazetiers

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1996 Armand Rousseau, Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Les Cazetiers
The first sniff will enrapture some, but disappoints me; initially I think it’s high-toast oak, it slowly fades though, and fast enough that I assume it must really be reduction – yet the flavour of reduction is missing – a bit of both? – probably, because it never completely fades. Slowly you appreciate some beautiful fruit notes and a slowly growing floral element that also supports the subtler toast. Full in the mouth – but with no extraneous plushness – with an earthy fruit that holds well in the finish, but has a great, higher-toned mid-palate dimension. I would say relatively masculine in profile, energetic, but without any undue emphasis from the acidity. Just a cracking bottle!
Rebuy – Yes

One response to “armand rousseau 1996 gevrey 1er cazetiers”

  1. Richard Heilman

    Timely review! I have a few bottles of this wine set aside for my son’s birthday (he was born in 1996, of course) and was planning to open one this March for his 17th birthday. Sounds like it’s a typically fine Rousseau mouthful.

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