2016 Domaine Armand Rousseau Gevrey Chambertin 1er Cru "Les Cazetiers"

SKU #1440598 93 points Decanter

 The Cazetiers may be the most underrated wine in the Rousseau cellar, and it’s appreciably superior to the Lavaux. Notes of peony, rose petal, griotte cherry and grilled meat precede a full-bodied, multidimensional and complete wine with lovely mid-palate volume and sappiness. This is ample and generous, but don’t discount its capacity to age for two decades. Drinking Window 2026 - 2050. (WK)  (10/2017)

91-93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2016 Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Les Cazetiers has a much more reserved bouquet compared to Lavaux Saint-Jacques, more introspective with darker fruit, damp earth/woodland scents percolating through with time, though not as vivacious as the Lavaux Saint-Jacques at this prenatal stage. The palate is medium-bodied with firm tannin, gentle grip in the mouth, quite structured and linear with a touch of sous-Bois toward the finish. This will need a longer time in bottle than the Lavaux Saint-Jacques, but I wonder whether it will reach the same heights?(NM)  (12/2017)

90-92 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 A markedly sauvage-inflected nose combines ultra-fresh and cool aromas of plum, violet, dark currant and plenty of earth. There is similar size, weight and muscle to the equally stony middle weight flavors that possess a chiseled, youthfully austere and beautifully persistent finish. This is even firmer though the supporting tannins are clearly ripe. Patience advised.  (1/2018)

89-91 points Vinous

 Dark, bright red. A bit of reduction to the aromas of black cherry, dark raspberry, blueberry, smoky minerality and gibiers. Dense and sweet, conveying a more open-knit grain than the Lavaux Saint-Jacques but a darker fruit character and less floral lift and definition. A more earthy, less complex style than the Lavaux, this wine finishes with dusty tannins. Incidentally, Eric Rousseau pulled up some of the oldest vines here in 2015 and replanted them in 2017, so the average age of the vines used to make this wine is not as old as in recent years.(ST)  (8/2018)

K&L Notes

94pts Jasper Morris Inside Burgundy: "Light mid red, with a fine classy nose, well balanced and elegant. This wine is extremely refined all the way through, some peppery notes, raspberry and alpine strawberries, extremely fine finish. Ripe but nicely balanced. Tasted: September 2019."

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Pinot Noir

- One of France's most legendary grapes and the grape that earned Burgundy its reputation. The parent of varietals like Pinot Gris/Grigio and Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir is blue to violet to indigo in color with relatively thin skins, and it is said to have been cultivated in France for more than 2,000 years. At its best, Pinot Noir creates elegant wines that are filled with primary red fruit aromas and flavors while young, revealing with an array of secondary characteristics like earth, smoke, violet, truffle and game with age. The varietal is also known, perhaps better than any, for its ability to translate terroir, or a sense of place. While the best Pinot Noir still comes from Burgundy, it is being produced with increasing success in cooler climates around the world. In France, it is part of the trifecta of grapes that can go into Champagne, and it is also grown in Alsace, Irancy, Jura, Savoie, Lorraine and Sancerre. Outside of France it is produced under the names Pinot Nero and Blauburgunder in Italy's mountainous regions, as Spätburgunder in Germany and as Blauburgunder in Austria. In the US, Pinot Noir has found suitable growing conditions in the cooler parts of California, including Carneros, the Russian River Valley, the Anderson Valley, the Sonoma Coast, Monterey County, the Santa Lucia Highlands and Santa Barbara County, as well as in Oregon's Willamette Valley. In recent years, New Zealand has demonstrated its ability to interpret this hard-to-grow varietal, with successful bottlings coming from careful and attentive growers in Central Otago, Martinborough and Canterbury. Chile is also an up-and-coming region for Pinot Noir, creating fresh, fruit-forward, early-drinking and affordable Pinots from the coastal Casablanca Valley and the Limari Valley.


- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them.


- The province of eastern France, famous for its red wines produced from Pinot Noir and its whites produced from Chardonnay. (Small of amounts of Gamay and Aligoté are still grown, although these have to be labeled differently.) The most famous part of the region is known as the Côte d'Or (the Golden Slope). It is divided into the Côte de Beaune, south of the town of Beaune (famous principally for its whites), and the Côte de Nuits, North of Beaune (home of the most famous reds). In addition, the Côte Chalonnaise and the Mâconnais are important wine growing regions, although historically a clear level (or more) below the Côte d'Or. Also include by some are the regions of Chablis and Auxerrois, farther north.
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Gevrey Chambertin

- For many wine aficionados, Gevrey Chambertin is the northernmost end of the true Côte d'Or. The largest of all of the communes, it has 9 Grands Crus (Chambertin, Chambertin Clos de Bèze, Chapelle Chambertin, Charmes Chambertin, Griotte Chambertin, Latricieres Chambertin, Mazy Chambertin, Mazoyeres Chambertin and Ruchottes Chambertin). The best Premier Cru wines come form the vineyards nestled along a hill to the west of the village. The Grands Crus are planted in compacted limestone, while the soils in the rest of the village vary as to their clay content. If we are to characterize broadly, the wines are powerful, muscular and need time in the bottle to develop.