Why Big Red Diary?
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2000 Rousseau Armand, Clos de la RocheJul. 2010
The aromas initially mix a little mineral and green – not so engaging. The palate is a world different; sweet, complex, fresh enough and like the Raveneaux, quite engaging. The nose very slowly improves, losing the strident edge and taking on a little sweetly smoky bacon-fat aromas.
1997 Rousseau Armand, Clos de la RocheMar. 2010
Medium, medium-plus colour. From top to bottom this nose is impresses with quality dark red fruit, there is the faintest edge of something a bit looser – caramel and redcurrant – but overall this is super. In the mouth there is a silky density that drives rather too fast into the finish. Swirl it around over your tongue for longer and then the intensity builds, but with it comes some slightly bitter tannin. The finish holds much longer now but with a little of that bitterness. A bit of a monolith in the mid-palate, I’ll save some for tomorrow to see if it opens. Day two and the aromatics are more subdued though the palate is indeed a little more open. A good wine, even in the context of the vintage, but I’d still rather have the Ruchottes…
2006 Rousseau Armand, Gevrey-Chambertin Lavaux St.JacquesDec. 2008
Again, medium-pale colour. A very ‘together’ if understated nose. Less obviously effusive in the mouth versus the villages, but there is an added mineral aspect. Super length, but today you’ll find more to enjoy in the villages.
2006 Rousseau Armand, Charmes-ChambertinDec. 2008
Medium-pale colour. Lovely breadth and focus to the mainly red fruit, a creamy aspect too. In the mouth it’s fresh and has good dimension and complexity. Long finishing in a surprisingly mineral (for Charmes) way. Lovely
2006 Rousseau Armand, Clos des RuchottesDec. 2008
Medium colour. Wide, seamless aromatics – super. In the mouth this is fresh and fine, underpinned with fine tannin. The finish is quite subtle, but just goes on and on – my type of wine.
2006 Rousseau Armand, Clos de la RocheDec. 2008
Medium colour. Again, super and almost seamless aromatics – this cuvée keeps getting better. Intense, yet comfortably textured. There is a step-up in the mid-palate that holds for quite some time before lingering in the finish. This is super.
2006 Rousseau Armand, Gevrey-ChambertinDec. 2008
Medium-pale colour. Wide and high-toned aromas that are a little diffuse cover a tighter core of fruit. Whilst this is rather elegant, there is a beautiful depth to the fruit – a clear ‘buy’ despite the 69 franc tariff – long finishing and lovely.
1991 Rousseau Armand, Gevrey-Chambertin Clos St.JacquesApr. 2008
A lovely, bright medium ruby-red colour. Undergrowth and maturing red fruits are the main aromas to start, but slowly the undergrowth fades to reveal a lovely redcurrant note. Nice texture – very smooth. I find just a tough of harshness to the acidity that’s mirrored in the finish, but this slowly improves if never completely fades. There is a nicely understated length here and I would say this is pretty much ready to go. Very nice, but far from the quality of the Chambertin and Bèze at this address in 1991, in terms of a rebuy, I would expect prices to be too high for the reward – but you never know
2005 Rousseau Armand, ChambertinApr. 2008
Medium-plus colour. A deep and creamy nose with higher red berry tones and quite a bit of creamy oak – quite a modern impression. The palate is absolutely jam-packed with excellent acidity and just so much action. The finish is very, very long but the flavours are more barrel than fruit driven – even hints of coconut. The style of oaky presentation makes me think to Rousseau.
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