Domaine Armand Rousseau Mazy-Chambertin 2002
With 15 hectares of vines, over half of which is Grand Cru, Domaine Rousseau is among Burgundy’s greatest estates in terms of history, vineyard holdings and quality.
RP94-96: Pine resin, sweet blackberries, and dark cherries are found in the nose of the 2002 Chambertin. Medium-bodied, its silky-textured character offers spice box, black raspberry, cherry, cassis, and notes of fresh herbs. This pure, noble, suave wine also possesses a prolonged, seamless finish that is loaded with additional layers of fruit. Corinne Rousseau stated that “it will age forever.” Projected maturity: 2008-2020. (PR) (6/2004)
BH92-95: *Don't Miss!* This too is incredibly complex but the essential character of the wine is quite different as the Bèze is built more along the lines of elegance and finesse in 2002 whereas the Chambertin is classic in style with its robust power and obvious muscularity all wrapped in prominent but fine tannins. I particularly like the inner mouth perfume here and while this is certainly a forceful, intense wine, it's not a bruiser as there is excellent precision and purity of expression here as well plus it enjoys exceptional balance as well. A great effort. (1/2004)