Intensity and Poise: 2012 Rousseau Charmes-Chambertin

Posted by Ian McFadden

Intensity and Poise
2012 Rousseau Charmes-Chambertin

"I very much like the sense of freshness and vivacity to the medium weight plus flavors that possess fine detail"

Outside of DRC, there are no Burgundies that are more coveted.

The experience of a Rousseau is unmistakable: There is magic to the wines, a certain texture, a certain weightless intensity, style, and finesse. Clive Coates has a line on Rousseau that is apt: "What exhilarates me about Rousseau's wines is their concentration and their class."

Rousseau's greatness is well known. You don't have to look any further than the rarity. The '12 Charmes serves as a case in point: there are just three other listings for it in the U.S. totaling a mere 18 bottles. Needless to say, we're not looking at an endless supply for this offer.

Rousseau's 2012 are, even by the standards of this domaine, intense. In true Rousseau fashion, it carries this intensity by walking on tip-toes with an extraordinary sense of refinement. A deep minerality is interwoven with a silky texture and a brilliant thread of acidity.

There was a time when the gulf separating Rousseau's holy trinity of Chambertin, Beze and Clos St. Jacques from the rest of the range was significant. In the past five or so years, that gulf has narrowed by a remarkable degree. Each year when I taste Rousseau's line-up, I'm shocked by how good everything is - from the basic Gevrey all the way up. The 2012 Charmes shows just how radical this transformation has been. It's simply a stunning example of the Grand Cru.

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Ian McFadden
Director, Fine & Rare Wine
Crush Wine & Spirits