Le Chambertin Grand Cru 2008, Armand Rousseau
The final Armand Rousseau wine tasted from the barrel at the domaine. This Chambertin is an interesting contrast with the Clos de Bèze and the Ruchottes which demonstrates the breadth of thinking at the domaine in terms of vinification and ageing techniques for the wines from different terroirs. The nose is fresher, higher-toned and a little more spicy than the other grands crus. Armand Rousseau has acheived an astounding delineation of flavours on the palate. This Chambertin is concentrated, elegant, spicy and linear. A big contrast to the broader-shouldered Clos de Bèze. Wait until 2018 to serve with a pheasant paté-en-croûte.