100% new oak. Not the flash appeal of the Clos de Bèze and its so much more youthful but it’s a huge success in 2011. Chewy end and more muscular but it’s all there for the taking – except that it’s a bit tighter than Clos de Bèze so may be better to concentrate on latter for the moment. Vibrant and resonant.
Anticipated maturity: 2022-2040
The 2011 Chambertin Grand Cru is consistent with the previous bottle that I tasted blind in 2014, although I find no reduction now. I maintain that it is a little more feral than other recent vintages with black plum, leather and sous-bois, displaying more amplitude than before. The palate is well balanced but backward, very well structured for a 2011 with tertiary notes mixed with tobacco surfacing towards the finish, that gently keeps rollin’ and rollin’ across the senses. Marvellous, but give it another couple of years. Tasted at Bistro de l’Hôtel in Beaune.
Anticipated maturity: 2019-2035
Robert Parker 93
Tasted blind at the Burgundy 2011 horizontal tasting in Beaune, you have to get past a little reduction on the nose of Rousseau’s Chambertin 2011 that is animally and feral, developing a strong estuarine influence – mudflats, kelp and sea salt. The palate is medium-bodied with crisp, slightly chalky tannins and fine precision. Grippy in the mouth and more masculine with a precise, mineral finish. This is very fine but it needs 3-4 years to show its true nature.
Anticipated maturity: 2017-2030