Robert Parker 96
This was the second bottle of 1993 Clos de Beze from Rousseau I tasted within a few weeks – not that I’m complaining. This one was once again a gorgeous Pinot Noir at the peak of its powers. The bouquet soars from the glass with perfumed red and black fruit, perhaps a little more tertiary and animally on this occasion, but no less captivating. The palate is vibrant with formidable structure and then there is that daring, animal finish that fans out like there is no tomorrow. It does not quite possess the breeding of the Chambertin Grand Cru, but in some ways it is more “fun” to just imbibe. I can see this lasting another decade without breaking a sweat. Tasted August 2013.
Good, dark crimson. Big and deep and concentrated. Bit tight and inexpressive. Chewy start and without the gorgeousness of the Clos Saint-Jacques 1993. Second bottle a little richer but not much.
Anticipated maturity: 2004-2012
The 1993 Chambertin Clos de Bèze Grand Cru is just a spellbinding wine from Rousseau that stands shoulder to shoulder with the Chambertin. Side by side it is almost impossible to argue one being better than the other. It still has that heavenly perfumed bouquet, a mixture of red and black fruit, decayed autumn leaves and a touch of truffle. This is quintessential "Pinoté". The palate has retained wonderful vibrancy and has the audacity to develop a little more depth and grip than the Chambertin. Going as strong as ever. Tasted at a private dinner in London.
Anticipated maturity: 2019-2035