2016 Domaine Armand Rousseau Chambertin Clos de Beze

SKU #1440609 97-99 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2016 Chambertin Clos de Bèze Grand Cru was showing just a little more reduction than the Chambertin this year, though it seems to dissipate and reveal profoundly complex dark berry and sous-bois scents, hints of truffle, bay leaf and clove. However, the palate clearly has more density and more robust tannins that together suggest it is endowed with greater longevity than the Chambertin. There is a crescendo of flavors here, remaining very focused, very intense with darker fruit fanning out on the finish that is akin to major chord thundering from a grand piano. This is an aristocratic, blue-blooded Clos de Bèze that deserves a decade in the cellar, within touching distance of the imperious 2015 Clos de Bèze.(NM)  (12/2017)

98 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 Here too there is just enough wood in evidence to mention on the gorgeously spiced and intricately layered aromas of essence of red currant, floral, plum, earth and a whisper of the sauvage. Once again the mouthfeel of the notably more imposingly-scaled flavors is sleek with excellent minerality that really comes up on the super-saline finish that goes on and on. But what I really admire about the '16 Bèze is the texture because it's at once muscular yet highly seductive and refined. This is a very, very powerful wine that is seriously impressive in every respect. In a word, brilliant.  (1/2019)

97 points Wine Spectator

 This is lush and harmonious, featuring kirsch, macerated cherry, blackberry, violet and spice flavors. A fruity style, with lively acidity and a heady finish. Impressive, yet approachable at this stage, with a solid grip of tannins emerging at the end. Best from 2021 through 2038.  (9/2019)

94-96 points Vinous

 (the yield here was normal in 2016): Healthy dark color. Fully ripe and downright sexy on the nose, offering scents of black raspberry, dark cherry, mocha, minerals and smoked meat. Boasts terrific sweetness and density, with its dark fruit and mineral flavors complicated by a note of oaky torrefaction and nicely framed by harmonious acidity. The long, rising, ripely tannic finish features chewy tannins that hit the palate later than those of the Chambertin, allowing the sweet fruit to build. Incidentally, I tasted a normal sample as well as a barrel that received an "étuvage" treatment, which involves injecting steam in an attempt to tone down the early exotic wood element that the estate's Clos de Bèze typically shows in the early going. The latter barrel showed more immediate harmony but the normal barrel, while a bit tougher and more tannic on first pour, immediately gained in sweetness in the glass.(ST)  (1/2018)

95 points Decanter

 The Clos de Bèze was very expressive when I tasted it, bursting with almost erotically sweet aromas of black cherry, liquorice, grilled meat, nori, dried cep and musk. On the palate the wine is very full-bodied, with a sweet core of fruit, an ample and deceptively firm chassis of tannins, and a long, intense and energetic finish. This is a very powerful wine which is hard to resist. In contrast, the Chambertin is the more poised and refined wine, unerringly precise in the face of the Clos de Bèze’s voluptuousness. Drinking Window 2030 - 2060.(WK)  (10/2017)

K&L Notes

97pts Jasper Morris Inside Burgundy: "Bright red-purple with some immediately engaging fruit. It is quite discreet though. Pure clean and balanced yet with a wealth of underlying fruit. The oak is quite prominent but is an entirely valid support to the concentration of fruit. Slightly dry behind but that is helping the control. The fruit is at optimum ripeness Tasted: September 2019.

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