At the present day, the Domaine vineyards have a surface area of 13 ha 70, of which 2 ha 21 are of Village Appellation, 3 ha 47 of 1er Cru Appellation and 8 ha 01 of Grands Crus A.O.C., all situated in the communes of Gevrey-Chambertin and Morey-Saint-Denis.
The vines are mostly very old with an average aged of 40 to 45 years.
The vines are 100% Pinot Noir with 10 000 vines planted per hectare. The selections used are clones chosen for their small production and their concentration. "Guyot simple" pruning is being used in all vineyards. The exposure is towards the South-East on lime-clay soils.
The method of culture in the vineyards is traditional with low yields, from 30 to 35 hectoliters per hectare. No fertilizer has been used for many years. "Debudding" and green harvest are systematically done in productive years in order to optimize the maturity of grapes and the concentration of phenolic components. Grape picking is entirely done by hand with systematic sorting to eliminate unhealthy grapes and a delicate manipulation to avoid crushing the grapes.
Vinification is done in a very traditional style with 90% destemming, a 15-days fermentation in open stainless steel vats with regular "pumping over" and "pigeage", and a strict control of temperatures with a maximum of 31-32°C. Once alcoholic fermentation is over, the wines are delicately pressed in a pneumatic press, let to settle 24 hours, and then transferred in oak barrels down in the cellars where malolactic fermentation takes place during winter.
The wine is then aged in 100 % new oak barrels for the Chambertin, the Chambertin Clos de Bèze and the Clos Saint Jacques, 25 to 30% generally for the Clos des Ruchottes and the Clos de la Roche and in 2-year-old barrels for the other Crus.
The toasting of the barrels is medium. Ageing lasts 20 to 22 months during which 2 to 3 rackings are done if necessary.
Bottling takes place twice a year in May-June and in August-September after a very light plaque filtration to preserve the delicate Pinot Noir fruit and retain finesse and elegance.
The bottling is done by gravity, directly from the barrels after "assemblage", and always at cellar temperature. The average production is 65 000 bottles per year.
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Domaine Armand Rousseau Ruchottes Chambertin Clos des Ruchottes 2010
Domaine Armand Rousseau's holding of 5.5 acres accounts for 40% of the total acreage of this famed Premiere Cru which many believe is of Grand Cru quality and one of the finest Premiere Cru vineyards in the entire Cote d'Or. The walled vineyard sits just up the hillside from the ... more
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Domaine Armand Rousseau Charmes Chambertin 2012
Grapes are meticulously sorted as they arrive in the winery. Following a cool maceration the must travels by gravity into barrel where it will stay for the entire vinification process lasting typically 18-24 months. Each Armand Rousseau wine is blended unfiltered.
Burgundy writer Clive Coates refers to this Grand Cru ... more
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Domaine Armand Rousseau Charmes Chambertin 2011
Charmes-Chambertin is the largest Grand Cru in Gevrey-Chambertin covering 72 acres spread across many growers. Domaine Armand Rousseau owns a total of 3.4 acres in a prime position on the hill, mid-slope with an east/southeast exposure. Grapes are meticulously sorted as they arrive in the winery. Following a cool maceration ... more
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Domaine Armand Rousseau Clos de la Roche 2011
Clos de la Roche sits at the northern boundary of the village of Morey-Saint-Denis and directly borders the Grand Crus of Gevrey-Chambertine. Domaine Armand Rousseau owns a little more than 3.5 acres of the 33 total acres under vine. Though just a stones throw from Chambertin this Grand Cru sits ... more
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Domaine Armand Rousseau Gevrey Chambertin Les Cazetiers 2010
Domaine Rousseau owns just over 2 acres of this small Premiere Cru that sits directly in front of the domaine and just outside of the walls of Clos St Jacques. Grapes are meticulously sorted as they arrive in the winery. Following a cool maceration lasting 5-7 days the must travels ... more
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Domaine Armand Rousseau Charmes Chambertin 2008
2008 is a vintage full of freshness and structure with velvety tannins. It will be appreciated quite young though it will gain good density during the aging and reflects very well the characteristics of each appellation. more
in mixed case $212.49
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