My first post for the year, and a subject worthy of it. So, I was lucky enough to get an invitation to a Rousseau tasting yesterday. The only rule was that everyone was to bring a Rousseau Grand Cru or Clos St. Jacques. We started with a Baron Rothschild Champagne and two white burgundies, and then on to the reds, served is 5 flights of three.
2005 Charmes-Chambertin: a lovely start, some slightly odd characters on the nose, but a nice palate
2009 Charmes-Chambertin: my favourite of the flight; still very young, but better fruit than the 05s
2005 Mazy-Chambertin: shared some of the odd characters with the Charmes…. got me wondering about the 05 vintage; is it an good as its reputation
2002 Clos de la Roche: a very tidy 02… I haven’t seen this wine for ages, and it is at its peak
2003 Clos de la Roche: none of the hot vintages characters…. quite a relief
2009 Clos de la Roche: again, very pretty, give it 5 years
2005 Cazetiers 1er cru: yes this broke the one rule, but was actually a second contribution from one of the participants. And to be honest was looking remarkably good for a warm year and a 1er cru wine.
2006 Clos St. Jacques: super, but stunning stuff
2007 Clos St. Jacques: oh er, an 07 that I like… might be the first or second one of these
1990 Ruchottes-Chambertin: too old; dried out and herby/mushroomy
1996 Chambertin-Clos de Beze: outstanding, balance and power and perfume….
2000 Chambertin-Clos de Beze: probably better than the ’96, but it is really splitting hairs
It was at this point appropriate to recite the standard quote: I don’t remember the place, I don’t remember the girl, but the wine was Chambertin. Or words to that effect.
1996 Chambertin: outstanding, though slightly too old me
2001 Chambertin: outstanding, and balancing the secondary with the primary characters. Drink up (for me at least)
2008 Chambertin: incredible purity; too young of course, but still a privilege to try
15 great wines, no double-ups, no 2004s, none corked and no pre-mox. Hurrah!